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Carmen Solis: La Seduzione - Verdi Songs
By Carmen Solis and Ruben Fernandez Aguirre. By Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Classical. CD. Naxos #IBS-192019. Published by Naxos (NX.IBS-192019).
Item Number: NX.IBS-192019
In these Verdi songs we can experience the essences of his style: the breadth of the arc of the phrase, the characteristic weight of the word in his music, the sense of drama and especially the charisma of the theatrical character in flesh and blood. There are no objective narrators, there are no mythical beings, it does not hide in evanescent metaphors. There is a character in each song, an emotional motivation, a dramatic scene that invites us to imagine the before and after, the opening and closing of the curtain. Singers forge their first connections with the score through the piano, creating a unique and unavoidable intimacy in the adventurous process of exploring new paths just with their voice. The piano is a kind companion when a sudden stop is needed to go back and repeat, again and again, looking for a new color in the voice, a different way to render a given phrase, to ask for an unexpected or improvised change of tempo and dynamics. With the piano, the voice feels completely naked and is willing to take new risks, choosing the most becoming patterns, welcoming new groundbreaking rules beyond tradition and caution.