Verdi: Lieder / Ramon Vargas

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Catalog: C5170
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Vargas; Parisi; Spencer

Composed by: Verdi, Giuseppe

For Giuseppe Verdi ‘the song had about the same significance that the sketch has for the painter’. It gave him the opportunity ‘to sketch emotions and characters in a smaller, more improvised form, genre pictures of passions and destinies he otherwise placed in the wide space of the stage’. Hence, his songs are, as it were, the forerunners of his theatre music. ‘They also possess the clout of characterization, the magnificent objectivity of portrayal we admire in the opera arias.’ (W. Oehlmann) Ramón Vargas is one of the leading tenors of our time and one of the most sought-after worldwide. His breakthrough came in 1983 with the Mexican conductor Eduardo Mata. His international debut came in 1992, when the Met Opera asked him to sing Edgardo, substituting Pavarotti. His La Scala stage debut soon followed, where he again sang Fenton under Riccardo Muti. He now regularly performs at all the world’s major opera houses to great acclaim. In addition to his operatic career, he is also an accomplished concert singer, with an extensive repertoire ranging from Italian classical songs to romantic German Lieder and melodies by French, Mexican and Spanish composers from the 19th-20th centuries.

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