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Hibla Gerzmava: Bellini Norma-Overture

Magazine article Gramophone

Hibla Gerzmava: Bellini Norma-Overture

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Hibla Gerzmava

Bellini Norma--Overture; Ah! bello a me ritorna Donizetti L'elisir d'amore--Quanto amore (a). Lucia di Lammermoor--Regnava nel silenzio ... Quando rapito in estasi Mozart La clemenza di Tito--Overture. Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339--Laudate Dominum Rossini II barbiere di Siviglia--Overture; Largo al factotum (a) R Strauss Morgen, Op 27 No 4(b), Verdi II corsaro--Non so le tetre immagini. Otello--Desdemona rea; Mia madre aveva ... Piangea cantando ... Ave Maria Hibla Gerzmava sop with (a) Arsen Sogomonian bar National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia / Vladimir Spivakov (b) vn

Melodiya [F] MELCD100 2212 (75' * DDD)

Recorded live at Svetlanov Hall, Moscow, October 14,2013

The circumstances of the recording aren't promising: a one-off concert with an up-and-coming soprano singing an impressive though exhausting range of arias and duets. Yet, almost immediately, one senses the presence of significant vocal personality.

Having served what sounds like an intensive apprenticeship as a member of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre since 1995, the Abkhazia-born soprano Hibla Gerzmava so seamlessly fuses vocal elegance and dramatic conviction that lesser-known arias such as the one from Verdi's II corsaro leave you wondering why this music isn't heard constantly. …

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