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PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY
Robert's Aria from Iolanta
'My only beloved Mathilde I claim'
CARL MARIA VON WEBER
Lysiart's Aria (So weih' ich mich den Rach gewalten) from Euryanthe
'What refuge here?'
JOHN LUTHER ADAMS
Oppenheimer's solo from Doctor Atomic
'Batter my heart'
Iago's Aria (Credo in un Dio crudel) from Otello
'Take it: take the path to your ruin' -
'Yes, I believe in God who has created me'
Wolfram's Aria (Blick ich umher) from Tannhäuser
'Turning my gaze upon this proud assembly'
'With dark foreboding twilight casts her shadow' -
'Look down, oh gentle evening star'
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Don Giovanni and Zerlina's Duet (Là ci darem la mano) from Don Giovanni
'Come on, we're wasting time' -
'There will my arms enfold you'
Solo: Gerald Finley (Don Giovanni)
with Lucy Crowe soprano • Gareth Hancock harpsichord
MARK ANTHONY TURNAGE
Harry's song from The Silver Tassie
'Oh bring to me a pint of wine'
Escamillo's Couplets from Carmen
'You're most kind, and in return I toast you' -
'Toreador, be ready!'
Solo: Gerald Finley (Escamillo)
with Deborah Miles-Johnson mezzo-soprano (Carmen) • Emma Brain-Gabbott soprano (Frasquita) • Kathryn Jenkin soprano (Mercedes) • Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Sach's Aria (Verachtet mir die Meister nicht) from The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
'Do not disdain our Masters thus'
with Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Antonio's Aria (Ambo nati in questa valle) from Linda of Chamounix
'In this valley we shared our childhood'
Solo: Gerald Finley (Antonio)
with Anne Marie Gibbons mezzo-soprano
Te Deum from Tosca
'Three agents, quick as you can now'
Solo: Gerald Finley (Scarpia)
with Matthew Long tenor • Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
'Some enchanted evening' from South Pacific
Total time: 68:41
Solo: Gerald Finley baritone
Conductor: Edward Gardner
13-16 April 2009
GERALD FINLEY ARIAS – OPERA IN ENGLISH:
Leading baritone and dramatic interpreter of his generation, Gerald Finley is an artist who sets alight the stage and delights the ear, whatever role he portrays. On this first aria disc for the Chandos ‘Opera in English’ label, he explores a broad range of repertory: old favourites, hidden treasures and contemporary roles created for him by John Adams in Doctor Atomic and Mark-Anthony Turnage in The Silver Tassie. Gerald has won accolades across the globe including a Gramophone Award for the Chandos recording of Stanford - Songs of the Sea. (CHSA 5043). The London Philharmonic is conducted by Edward Gardner who makes his debut on Chandos.
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.
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“…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.” *****
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.”
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.” …
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.” *****
The Sunday Telegraph (Seven Supplement) - 14 March
“…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.” ****
Classic FM Magazine - April 2010
“An award-winning baritone offers a calling-card of his stage work”
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.” *****
Financial Times - 27 February 2010
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