Pappano, Antonio

Joyce and Tony - Live at Wigmore Hall

11 Sep 2015

Barcode: 0825646107896

Other participants: Joyce DiDonato

Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano – at the piano rather than the podium – opened the 2014-15 season at London’s Wigmore Hall with a dazzling programme of song devoted to the duo's American and Italian connections. The first item was Haydn’s dramatic cantata Arianna a Naxos (which, back in 2003, also launched DiDonato’s debut recital at Wigmore Hall). Then come two songs by a composer who has played a defining role in Joyce DiDonato’s operatic career – Rossini, and four luscious late-Romantic numbers written in 1908 by the little-known Neapolitan composer Francesco Santoliquido. In the second half of the programme, the pair shift gears effortlessly for a sparkling set from the Great American Songbook and beyond. Recorded live on this 2-CD set, the two artists were hailed by The Times as “mezzo diva supreme” and “golden maestro and piano accompanist to the stars”.

"A dream-team delight...Last year’s recital by the dream duo of Joyce DiDonato and Antonio Pappano works wonderfully as a double CD - arguably more effective than the concert itself...DiDonato’s immaculate voice relishes every vowel sound, Pappano responds with pianistic wit and idiomatic invention." The Guardian *****

"This double-album explores both American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato’s European artistic homeland and her native land, through separate discs of cantatas and Great American Songbook classics, sensitively accompanied by Antonio Pappano’s thoughtful piano arrangements...DiDonato capturing the huge emotional swings of Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos in an incandescent performance." The Independent ****

"Their recital at Wigmore Hall a year ago was hugely enjoyable. In this live recording it sounds even better...What a sublime encore to hear it all again." The Times *****

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Arlen: Over the Rainbow  - Joyce DiDonato 
Disc 1 
01 Haydn: Arianna a Naxos, Hob.XXVIb: 2  - Joyce DiDonato 
02 Rossini: Beltà crudele  - Joyce DiDonato 
03 Rossini: Les soirées musicales: No. 8 La danza  - Joyce DiDonato 
04 Santoliquido: I canti della sera: I. L'assiolo canta  - Joyce DiDonato 
05 Santoliquido: I canti della sera: II. Alba di luna sul bosco  - Joyce DiDonato 
06 Santoliquido: I canti della sera: III. Tristezza crepuscolare  - Joyce DiDonato 
07 Santoliquido: I canti della sera: IV. L'incontro  - Joyce DiDonato 
08 De Curtis : Non ti scordar di me!  - Joyce DiDonato 
Disc 2 
01 Foster / Arr. Krane: Beautiful Dreamer  - Joyce DiDonato 
02 Kern: Leave it to Jane, Act 2: The Siren's Song  - Joyce DiDonato 
03 Kern: Oh, My Dear!: Go Little Boat  - Joyce DiDonato 
04 Nelson: 4 Irish Songs: I. Lovely Jimmie  - Joyce DiDonato 
05 Dougherty: Love in the Dictionary  - Joyce DiDonato 
06 Kern: Show Boat, Act 1: "Life Upon the Wicked Stage"  - Joyce DiDonato 
07 Moross: The Golden Apple, Act 1: "Lazy Afternoon"  - Joyce DiDonato 
08 Bolcom: Cabaret Songs, Volume 1: Amor  - Joyce DiDonato 
09 Villa-Lobos: Magdalena, Act 1: "Food for Thought"  - Joyce DiDonato 
10 Kern: Show Boat, Act 1: "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"  - Joyce DiDonato 
11 Rodgers: Babes in Arms: My Funny Valentine  - Joyce DiDonato 
12 Kern: Very Warm for May: "All the Things You Are"  - Joyce DiDonato 
13 Berlin: I Love a Piano  - Joyce DiDonato 
14 Arlen: Over the Rainbow  - Joyce DiDonato 

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