Verdi - Un ballo in maschera | Pentatone PTC5187048

Verdi - Un ballo in maschera

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5187048

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 23rd June 2023

Contents

Artists

Freddie De Tommaso
Saioa Hernandez
Lester Lynch
Transylvania State Choir
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Conductor

Marek Janowski

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Un ballo in maschera

Artists

Freddie De Tommaso
Saioa Hernandez
Lester Lynch
Transylvania State Choir
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo

Conductor

Marek Janowski

About

Maestro Marek Janowski, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and the Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir present Giuseppe Verdiís Un ballo in maschera (1859), together with a stellar cast consisting of Freddie De Tommaso (Riccardo), Lester Lynch (Renato) and Saioa HernŠndez (Amelia). Un ballo in maschera is Verdiís tragicomic masterpiece, in which the composer skilfully switches gears between the light and tragic, as well as between his earlier and more mature style. As such, it is both an entertaining and highly sophisticated work.

The three main soloists are all seasoned Verdi interpreters, while Janowski approaches this ingenuous score with his eye for symphonic architecture, resulting in a performance that is lively and balanced.

Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our time, and has a vast Pentatone discography, mostly consisting of German operas and symphonic works. After Cavalleria rusticana and Il Tabarro (both 2020), this is his third Italian opera recording for the label. Lester Lynch also has a longstanding relationship to Pentatone, and starred in many opera recordings, including Otello (2017), Cavalleria rusticana and Il Tabarro (both 2020), as well as La Fanciulla del West, Madama Butterfly (both 2021), and La Traviata (2022).

The Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir has featured on several opera recordings, while the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo appeared on Arabella Steinbacherís Fantasies, Rhapsodies & Daydreams (2016). Freddie De Tommaso and Saioa HernŠndez make their Pentatone debut.

Reviews

The results are sonically wonderful ... De Tommasoís vocal beauties are undeniable
The Times

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