Michael Spyres: Baritenor | Erato 9029515666

Michael Spyres: Baritenor

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Label: Erato

Cat No: 9029515666

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 24th September 2021

Contents

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
» Mes amis, ecoutez l'histoire (Act 1)

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
» Ah, mes amis ...Pour mon ame

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Die tote Stadt, op.12
» Gluck, das mir verblieb 'Marietta's Lied'

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» O Vaterland, du machst bei Tag ...Da geh' ich zu Maxim (Act 1)

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Si puo, si puo?

Mehul, Etienne

Ariodant
» Oh, Dieux! Ecoutez ma priere (Act 3)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Deh vieni alla finestra
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Fuor del mar (Act 2)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Hai gia vinta la causa!

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Va! pour Kleinzach (Act 1)

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana
» Cour d'amours: Dies nox et omnia

Ravel, Maurice

L'Heure espagnole
» Voila, ce que j'appelle une femme charmante

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum
Otello
» Ah si, per voi gia sento... Premio maggior di questo... Amor, dirada il nembo (Act 1)

Spontini, Gaspare

La Vestale
» Qu'ai-je vu! Quels apprets (Act 3)

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
» C'est en croyant revoir... Oh, vin! Dissipe la tristesse (Act 2)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Il trovatore
» Tutto e deserto... Il balen del suo sorriso (Act 2)

Wagner, Richard

Lohengrin
» In fernem Land

Artists

Michael Spyres (tenor)
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg

Conductor

Marko Letonja

Works

Adam, Adolphe

Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
» Mes amis, ecoutez l'histoire (Act 1)

Donizetti, Gaetano

La Fille du regiment
» Ah, mes amis ...Pour mon ame

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Die tote Stadt, op.12
» Gluck, das mir verblieb 'Marietta's Lied'

Lehar, Franz

Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)
» O Vaterland, du machst bei Tag ...Da geh' ich zu Maxim (Act 1)

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

Pagliacci
» Si puo, si puo?

Mehul, Etienne

Ariodant
» Oh, Dieux! Ecoutez ma priere (Act 3)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Don Giovanni, K527
» Deh vieni alla finestra
Idomeneo, Re di Creta, K366
» Fuor del mar (Act 2)
Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), K492
» Hai gia vinta la causa!

Offenbach, Jacques

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
» Va! pour Kleinzach (Act 1)

Orff, Carl

Carmina Burana
» Cour d'amours: Dies nox et omnia

Ravel, Maurice

L'Heure espagnole
» Voila, ce que j'appelle une femme charmante

Rossini, Gioacchino

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
» Largo al factotum
Otello
» Ah si, per voi gia sento... Premio maggior di questo... Amor, dirada il nembo (Act 1)

Spontini, Gaspare

La Vestale
» Qu'ai-je vu! Quels apprets (Act 3)

Thomas, Ambroise

Hamlet
» C'est en croyant revoir... Oh, vin! Dissipe la tristesse (Act 2)

Verdi, Giuseppe

Il trovatore
» Tutto e deserto... Il balen del suo sorriso (Act 2)

Wagner, Richard

Lohengrin
» In fernem Land

Artists

Michael Spyres (tenor)
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg

Conductor

Marko Letonja

About

An album with a mission to defy classification, BariTenor is a tour de force for Michael Spyres. It ranges wide, encompassing repertoire normally assigned to both tenors and baritones. Programming 18 arias by 15 composers, it covers three centuries of opera in Italian, French and German, setting mainstream works beside relative rarities, and rediscovering Étienne Méhul’s Ariodant, first heard in 1799.

Michael Spyres has achieved renown as a multi-faceted tenor, but ‘baritenor’ is the term he uses to describe his voice, which balances brilliant high notes with a robust lower register. “Having started off as a baritone, I spent 10 years turning myself into a tenor. Voices like mine have existed as long as opera has existed, and the entire programme of this album is linked by the baritenor technique. I am making an honest attempt to explore the baritenor as a forgotten vocal phenomenon ... For me, this album is more than a dream come true.”

Joining Spyres are the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg under its Chief Conductor Marko Letonja, and the male singers of the chorus of the Opéra du Rhin.

Reviews

Here, Spyres goes solo, mixing up tenor repertoire with plunges into traditional baritone territory, ebulliently accompanied by the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra under Marko Letonja. ... His programme encompasses the repertoire of singers who transitioned from tenor to baritone or vice versa ... The range of roles is astonishing, but then so are these performances. Whether tackling the florid writing of Idomeneo’s ‘Fuor del mar’ or the heartfelt prologue from Pagliacci, Spyres is utterly convincing.  Mark Pullinger (Recording of the Month)
Gramophone Awards 2021
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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