Aria Cantilena.ARIA CANTILENA can·ti·le·na
A sustained, smooth-flowing melodic line.
[Italian, from Latin cantil
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In a recent discussion about programming, a colleague casually remarked that concerts and recordings are no longer about "concept" or "context," but simply about the individual "track." Here, in this DG debut album of the glamorous and gifted Latvian mezzo mez·zo
n. pl. mez·zos
Music moderately; quite: mezzo-forte
pl -zos , Elena Garanca, we have a release that seems to reflect this shift in musical aesthetics. We leap from a spirited excerpt from Chapi's zarzuela zarzuela
Spanish musical play consisting of spoken dialogue, songs, choruses, and dances. Zarzuela originated in the 1650s as an aristocratic entertainment, the first being performed at the royal residence of La Zarzuela near Madrid. , Las hija del Zebedeo, to Charlotte's emotionally charged Letter Scene from Massenet's Werther; and from Montsalvatge's setting of the Catalan folksong, "El can dels ocells," to the rapturous rap·tur·ous
Filled with great joy or rapture; ecstatic.
raptur·ous·ly adv. final trio of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. It all strikes my ear as somewhat crude and musically insensitive. To use contrast as a programming device can be effective (in moderation), but it usually depends on context--and here, clearly, there is none. What we have is a collection of diverse arias thrown together, sometimes to jarring effect, and released under the somewhat innocuous title, Aria Cantalina. As for the singing, Garanca, who turns 31 this year, clearly possesses an impressive and agile voice, but there is a generic quality both to her singing and to her interpretations. This is a far cry from the singer I first encountered in Vienna a few seasons ago as an exceptionally fine Charlotte in the Staatsoper's new Werther. On this disc, her singing sounds decidedly studio bound and somewhat bland. In the Rosenkavalier Trio, she is joined by Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieconzka (Marschallin) and German soprano Diana Damrau Ks. Diana Damrau (born May 31, 1971 in Günzburg an der Donau, Germany) is a coloratura soprano of the operatic stage. Biography
She began her studies with Carmen Hanganu at the Musikhochschule Würzburg then after graduating from the aforementioned (Sophie).--N.C.