Italian Soprano Arias
Maria Luigia Borsi
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Wonderful recording of 'Il Tramonto"
This is a beautiful recording of Respighi's 'Il Tramonto'. Exquisite playing by the LSO strings. Conductor Yves Abel brings to life a fairly unknown composition based on Shelley's poem, 'The Sunset'. This piece seems to have been written for soprano Maria Luigia Borsi, she clearly brings out the different colours and moods as the narrator becomes protagonist and as the protagonist becomes the narrator. A must listen!!!
Stunning singing from Ms. Borsi – WOW!!!
This disc, which is Ms. Borsi’s debut solo album, features the soprano performing works from Respighi, Verdi, Catalani, and 6 works of Puccini, accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yves Abel. And it is stunning.
I was captivated from the first note to the last, and the opening track (Respighi’s “Il tramonto”) was wonderful, but particularly noteworthy for me was Puccini’s “Un bel di vedremo (Act 2)” from Madama Butterfly (soooo difficult not to tear up, this is so well performed). The Verdi selections from Otello (including the “Willow Song”) were similarly moving. And I can’t say enough about Liu’s aria “Signore, ascolta” from Turandot, “Donde lieta usci” from Act 3 of La Boheme (again, sooooo well performed, it is heart wrenching), and “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from La Rondine is simply gorgeous, and Ms. Borsi nails it – I found myself envious of the recording engineers and orchestra members that got to hear this live. But all that being said, Catalani’s “Ebben? Ne andro lontana” from La Wally is unbelievable, Ms. Borsi giving this particular listener an often sought emotional experience. The recording closes with a lovely version of Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” that is definitely worth hearing.
The London Symphony Orchestra w/ Yves Abel at the podium is excellent, and the recording quality is clear and warm. This recording calls for a high-end audiophile stereo system, and I will give it that treatment here in the next few weeks. I felt drained in a positive way after listening to it, it had such a powerful effect on me. Very highly recommended -- *amazing*.