Elina Garanca: Revive | Deutsche Grammophon 4795937

Elina Garanca: Revive

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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795937

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 4th November 2016

Contents

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir ...Adieu fiere cite (Act 5)

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Acerba volutta
» Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella
» O vagabonda stella d'oriente

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

La Boheme
» E destin, debbo andarmene ... Marcello mio

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Venge-moi d'une supreme offense ! ... Ne me refuse pas
Werther
» Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (Air des larmes)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Boris Godunov
» Skucno, Marine ... Kak tomitel'no i vyalo

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Ho il cuor gonfio di lagrime ... Stella del marinar!

Saint-Saens, Camille

Henry VIII
» Reine ! je serai reine !
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Samson, recherchant ma presence ...Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse! (Act 2)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Connais-tu le pays? (Act 1)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Don Carlo
» Nei giardin del bello (Act 2)
La forza del destino
» Rataplan, rataplan

Artists

Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Conductor

Roberto Abbado

Works

Berlioz, Hector

Les Troyens
» Ah! Ah! Je vais mourir ...Adieu fiere cite (Act 5)

Cilea, Francesco

Adriana Lecouvreur
» Acerba volutta
» Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella
» O vagabonda stella d'oriente

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

La Boheme
» E destin, debbo andarmene ... Marcello mio

Mascagni, Pietro

Cavalleria Rusticana
» Voi lo sapete, o mamma

Massenet, Jules

Herodiade
» Venge-moi d'une supreme offense ! ... Ne me refuse pas
Werther
» Va! Laisse couler mes larmes (Air des larmes)

Mussorgsky, Modest

Boris Godunov
» Skucno, Marine ... Kak tomitel'no i vyalo

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Ho il cuor gonfio di lagrime ... Stella del marinar!

Saint-Saens, Camille

Henry VIII
» Reine ! je serai reine !
Samson et Dalila, op.47
» Samson, recherchant ma presence ...Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse! (Act 2)

Thomas, Ambroise

Mignon
» Connais-tu le pays? (Act 1)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Don Carlo
» Nei giardin del bello (Act 2)
La forza del destino
» Rataplan, rataplan

Artists

Elina Garanca (mezzo-soprano)
Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Conductor

Roberto Abbado

About

Elīna Garanča at the most dramatic edge of bel canto, moving into the big diva repertoire: Revive is the summit of Elīna’s career to date.  

The Latvian mezzo-soprano, a world-class performer at the peak of her form, explores the emotional storms and destiny’s force, raging in the lives of opera’s strong women. She channels her experience and insights into a collection of arias drawn from the great Romantic repertoire, complete with captivating rarities and genuine showstoppers.

Revive casts light on powerful women to reveal their vulnerabilities and weaknesses; it’s a celebration of female strength, honour, sacrifice, dangerous passion – and obsession.

The album includes music from Verdi’s Don Carlo, Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, Massenet’s Hérodiade, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, and Saint-Saëns’s Henri VIII, as well as celebrated set-pieces from Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Massenet’s Werther, Berlioz’s Les Troyens, and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, among others.

This is repertoire playing to the incredible technique and flexibility of Elīna’s voice, showcasing the crystal clarity and purity of earlier recordings, with her mind-blowing musicianship and very personal interpretations that distinguish her as a world class artist, also hinting at the more dramatic roles.

The recording process with Roberto Abbado and the outstanding Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana allowed Elīna to dig deep into dramatic roles destined to become part of her future work, notably Mascagni’s Santuzza and Verdi’s Princess Eboli, two powerful roles she is preparing to perform for the first time onstage, at the Paris Opéra.

“All these women are, I think, about exploring an inner world, about people finding themselves in a weak moment, for whatever reason – unhappy love, betrayal, losing power, saying goodbye to loved ones. In my everyday life, I’m everything: I can be jealous, I can be angry, I can be funny, I can be sad. Life is like a big colourful book. So the women on this album belong to a big colourful book. ...

“I started with Baroque, Mozart and bel canto repertoire, with a little bit more dramatic stuff, too. I have never done Verdi on the stage or really done verismo opera, so there’s something new for me. Now, I feel it is really time to explore further, so the repertoire that is coming now is a new Elīna with new, exciting challenges. I’m very happy that I can embrace it. It feels right at this moment to move on and reach other mountains!”
– Elīna Garanča

Reviews

Mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča is moving from the filigree bel canto roles that have largely defined her starry career into ones requiring a heftier voice – and this album is quite some way of announcing it. ... Garanča’s voice is full and glamorous with an increased weight behind it, but expressive despite its density. For the lower notes, she has a chest voice that she can brandish like a mace, which comes in handy for Massenet’s Hérodiade, and, even more, Adriana Lecouvreur’s rival the Princess de Bouillon.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 10 November 2016

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