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Verdi: Six Romances (1838)

Magazine article Gramophone

Verdi: Six Romances (1838)

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Verdi Six Romances (1838). Six Romances (1845). L'esule. La seduzione. II poveretto. Stornello. Tantum ergo. Ave Maria Ramon Vargas ten Joanna Parisi sop Charles Spencer pf Capriccio [F] C5170 (66' * DDD)

Verdi's songs are worth searching out by those who already know the operas. Ramon Vargas, who has sung a dozen or so of the operas from the early I Lombardi to Falstaff, is well placed to embrace the outgoing emotion of the opera house and, at least occasionally, the softness of touch needed for the drawing room.

He sings the main two groups of Six Romances, dating from 1838 and 1845, complete with the help of soprano Joanna Parisi, a rather shrill and tremulous companion, who takes on Gretchen's 'Perduta ho la pace' from Faust (though not her prayer, 'Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata', persuasively sung by Vargas). The 1838 set offers a foretaste of Il trovatore, especially in the surging cantilena of 'In solitaria stanza', where Vargas is in somewhat gritty voice but smoulders with emotional heat. …

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