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Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 1 - Bruce Ford

Great Operatic Arias, Vol. 1 - Bruce Ford

The Classical Shop
release date: January 1998

Originally recorded in 1997

Artists:

Philharmonia Orchestra


David Parry


Bruce Ford

tenor

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir



Venue:

Blackheath Halls, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens



Engineer:

Ralph Couzens


Peter Newble

(assistant)

Record Label
Opera In English

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Opera in English

Total Time - 61:28
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GAETANO DONIZETTI

1 

Nemorino`s Romanza - 'I saw the tear...' from The Elixir of Love

4:56
   
 

EDOUARD LALO

2 

Mylio`s Aubade - 'Since your unbending guardians...' from The King of Y's

3:27
   
 

GEORGES BIZET

3 

Henry Smith`s Serenade - 'The sounds of distant laughter' from The Fair Maid of Perth

7:03
   
 

FRIEDRICH VON FLOTOW

4 

Lionel`s Aria - 'None so rare, none so fair' from Martha

3:33
   
 

LEO DELIBES

5 

Lakme and Gerald`s duet - 'Lakme! Lakme! It is you...' from Lakmé

8:57
  with Mary Plazas, soprano  
 

GIUSEPPE VERDI

6 

Act III second part, Fenton - 'From these true lovers' lips' from Falstaff

4:40
   
 

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

7 

Belmont`s Aria from The Abduction from the Seraglio

5:37
   
 

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

8 

Ubaldo and Carlo`s duet - 'Murmuring breezes cool the air...' from Armida

6:35
  with Barry Banks  
 

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

9 

'Where`er you walk' from Semele

4:19
   
 

NIKOLAI ANDREYEVICH RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

10 

Son of the Hindu Merchant - 'From crystal waters and from misty mountains' from Sadko

3:38
   
 

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

11 

The Count`s Aria - 'Finish this futile argument...' from The Barber of Seville

8:43
   
 Bruce Ford tenor
 David Parry
   
  10 - 14 September 1997  
   


The music in this recital embraces Italian, German and French repertoire, offering a wealth of melodic material. Naturally, several of the arias on this album exploit repertoire in which Bruce Ford shines. The popular Una furtiva lagrima (how wonderful to hear this well-known aria in English - it’s like  hearing it for the first time!), the Rossini arias and duets (including a popular Barber of Seville aria and a rarity from Armida) and an aria from Die Entführung, all show his prowess in the bel canto repertoire. It will come as no surprise to admirers of this singer that he is equally at home in the French repertoire (he received great accalim for a recording of Auber’s Le domino noir): the inclusion of the "Aubade" from Lalo’s The King of Ys, and the Serenade from The Fair Maid of Perth are both unexpected highlights. Lionel’s charming aria from Martha and the exotic Song of the Hindu merchant, both make for additional delightful surprises, whilst Verdi is represented by Fenton’s love aria Dal labbro il canto estasiato (From these true lover’s lips ...) from his supreme comic masterpiece, Flastaff.

"...This is a delightful recital by the up-and-coming tenor Bruce Ford... Ford has an admirable bravura technique, and dazzles in Finish this futile argument (Cesa di piu resistere)’ Other gems are a limpid ’None so rare, none so fair’ (M’appari)’ and a mellifluous Lakmé duet with Mary Plazas. Fine accompaniments by superb Geoffrey Mitchell Choir and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Excellent recorded sound... Recommended."

James Camner - Fanfare - July/August 1998


"... Bruce Ford is a well-trained singer, gifted with a voice of fine qulaity... his diction is clear and natural... The programme is an interesting one.... pleasures abound. The duet from Lakmé is a particularly happy choice, and beautifully sung... The orchestra play well, as one would expect especially when under the good direction of David Parry."

JBS - Gramophone Magazine - April 1998


"The Chandos disc of English language opera excerpts, sponsered by the Peter Moores Foundation, is by every measure a success... Ford’s voice is beautiful, his technique never less than solid, with impeccable enunciation and style. When called for, as in the rondo finale from Barbiere ... the tenor shows spectacular coloratura facility. The recorded sound is superior... David Parry leads enthusiastic accompaniment ..."

James Camner - Opera News - 1 September 1998


"...His Mozart [Ford] (from The Seraglio) is fine, his Rossini (the arias from The Barber of Seville that nine out of ten tenors can’t manage) is good... watch out in the duet from Delibes’s Lakmé for the Irish soprano Mary Plazas: she sounds like a young Valerie Masterson, and from me praise doent comuch higher."

Classic FM Magazine - April 1998


Performance ****     Sound ****

"English language, world standard - sung by a light lyric tenor of real qulaity."

Michael Scott Rohan - Classic CD - March 1998


"...The American tenor Bruce Ford confirms his reputation as a Rossinian by getting his flexible voice around Almaviva’s last-act aria from The Barber of Seville, generally omitted because of its difficulty. He also revels in famous pieces from Mozart’s Seraglio, Donizetti’s Elixir of Love and Verdi’s Falstaff (Fenton’s aria) and the Song of the Indian Merchant from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko..."

AB - The Daily Telegraph - 21 February 1998


             Performance *****      Sound ****

" ...Ford’s attractive timbre, smooth legato and impressive high notes are well deployed throughout this disc ... "

Charles Osborne - BBC Music Magazine - April 1998




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