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CHAN 3167 - Great Operatic Arias, Volume 22: Gerald Finley
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Available From: 01 February 2010
Great Operatic Arias, Volume 22: Gerald Finley

Leading baritone and dramatic interpreter of his generation, Gerald Finley is an artist who sets alight the stage and delights the ear, whatever the role he portrays.

On this his first arias disc, and first for Opera in English, he explores a broad range of repertory: old
favourites, hidden treasures and roles which he himself has created, among them J.Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams’s Doctor Atomic and Harry Heegan in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie.

Gerald has won accolades across the globe including Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award at the 2006 Gramophone Awards for Stanford: Songs of the Sea (CHSA 5043).

English National Opera director, Edward Gardner offers a great understanding of Opera in English and here conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his debut on Chandos.

 

Reviews

“…It would be hard to imagine a more attractive bass-baritone voice than Finley’s, and his vocal gifts combined with his musical and dramatic acumen make these performances a delight.” “…The London Philharmonic Orchestra plays with precision under conductor Edward Gardner, and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir provides excellent support, particularly in the Meistersingers excerpt. Chandos’s recording captures a myriad of subtle details found in the colourful orchestral textures…”
“…Finley’s accomplishment with this album is impressive…”
 
Derek Greten-Harrison

Opera News (USA) - July 2010

“…Several singers in this series of recordings have recorded multiple volumes, and I hope this will be the case for Finley. He is at the height of his powers and such indelible artistry should be captured on disc to be enjoyed by as many listeners as possible.”  *****

David Laviska     

MusicalCriticism.com - 7 June 2010

                   Disc of the Month
“This is a hugely impressive recital from a singer who has gone from strength to strength in recent years in matching an exceptional voice to a powerful stage presence.”
Kenneth Chalmers

Opera - May 2010

“Opera recital discs too often play safe with repertoire. Not here. This intelligent compilation from Chandos Opera in English, with vivid support from Edward Gardner and the LPO, satisfyingly mixes popular with unfamiliar. Finley, a versatile stage presence, brings integrity to every dark, burnished note he sings.” …
Fiona Maddocks
 

The Observer - 2 May 2010

“The Canadian-born lyric baritone Gerald Finley currently ranks as one of the finest male singers in the world. As this recital of operatic arias in English handsomely demonstrates Finley has it all: a rich-toned and smoothly produced voice, crisp diction, sterling technique, immaculate legato, a keen sense of musical style and unfailing sensitivity to drama and character.”
“… this disc includes appetite-whetting extracts from several operas that Finley has yet to sing on stage. Vivid accompaniments are provided by the LPO under Edward Gardner.”
 
Rupert Christiansen

 

The Telegraph - 10 April 2010

“The range, warmth and expressiveness of Gerald Finley’s singing puts him among the outstanding baritones of today.” “…Finley gives life to the roles on this disc because he has played them on stage. He is fortunate in Edward Gardner’s high-quality conducting of the LPO.”    *****

Michael Kennedy



 

The Sunday Telegraph (Seven Supplement) - 14 March 2010

“…Altogether this is a thoroughly enjoyable recital, which I strongly recommend… Chandos scores points with the clarity of both voice and orchestra. I always find Finley worth hearing, and this disc presents so many positive attributes in his singing and interpretation.”
“Edward Gardner, a fine opera conductor, draws out the relative emotions and dramas in concord with the singer and he and the London Philharmonic play their own part in this top-rank recital….”

John T Hughes

International Record Review - March 2010

“…his [Finley] accounts of the above-named villains are as dramatically powerful as they are gorgeously sung.”  ****
Warwick Thompson
 

Classic FM Magazine - April 2010

                  Editors Choice
“An award-winning baritone offers a calling-card of his stage work”
Mike Ashman
 

Gramophone - April 2010

“…He [Finley] not only has a first-class voice; he is also intelligent and versatile, as he demonstrates in these 13 arias, all sung in English.” “…Finley brings individual flair to them all.”         *****
Andrew Clark
 

Financial Times - 27 February 2010

 

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