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Duets [2017] - Ildar Abdrazakov (bass); Rolando Villazón (tenor); Orchestre Métropolitain; Yannick Nézet-Séguin (conductor)
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  1. Les Pęcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: "C'était le soir" ... "Au fond du temple saint"
  2. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Son lo spirito che nega
  3. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Strano figlio del caos
  4. Don Pasquale, opera: "La vostra ostinazione" ... "Prender moglie?"
  5. Don Pasquale, opera: "Sogno soave e casto"
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  1. Les Pęcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: "C'était le soir" ... "Au fond du temple saint"
  2. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Son lo spirito che nega
  3. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Strano figlio del caos
  4. Don Pasquale, opera: "La vostra ostinazione" ... "Prender moglie?"
  5. Don Pasquale, opera: "Sogno soave e casto"
  6. L'elisir d'amore, opera: "Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"
  7. L'elisir d'amore, opera: "Voglio dire"
  8. Simon Boccanegra, opera: "Propizio ei giunge!"
  9. Simon Boccanegra, opera: "Vieni a me, ti benedico"
  10. Faust, opera, CG 4: "Mais ce Dieu, que peut-il pour moi?"
  11. Faust, opera, CG 4: "Me voici! D'oů vient ta surprise?"
  12. Carmen, opera: "Je suis Escamillo"
  13. Granada, for voice & orchestra (with chorus ad lib)
  14. Dark Eyes (Ochi chyornye), song
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The male-male operatic duet album is certainly less common than the male-female variety, already sizzlingly explored by Rolando Villazón and Anna Netrebko at the height of what was rumored to be a liaison between them. But it has certain advantages: even in the group of Donizetti duets included on the program here, the pieces tend to be slices of the drama rather than set pieces. Villazón and bass Ildar Abdrazakov effectively inhabit these pieces, going beyond vocal heroics. A related attraction in a program like this is ...

Duets [2017] 2017, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028947969013

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