Anita Rachvelishvili – Anita (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Anita Rachvelishvili – Anita (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 53:50 minutes | 1,01 GB | Genre: Classical
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It’s one of those fairy stories that the world of lyrical music likes to keep secret. Still an unknown and barely emerged from the La Scala Lyrical Academy, Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili was given the title role in Carmen by Baremboim, alongside Jonas Kaufman: an international career seemed to beckon for the young singer. And so here we will hear some of opera’s great tunes, including, of course, the hits from Carmen, but also the two great arias from Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns, a pair from Verdi, a touch of Mascagni, some Rimski – less-frequently performed, it is true – and a rarity from his compatriot Dimitri Arakishvili (1873-1953) whose style is solidly anchored in the Russia of his day, with several, probably regional, twists. Since 2009, she has sung Carmen’s role around three hundred times, and we can only hope that she never gets bogged down in it – and takes on Santuzza, Eboli, Dalil: in other words, the great characters of the dramatic mezzo repertoire.

1. Carmen, WD 31: Act I: Près des ramparts de Seville (“Seguidilla”) 02:02
2. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, Act I: Printemps qui commence 05:37
3. Il Trovatore, Act II: Condotta ell’era in ceppi 04:31
4. Don Carlo, Act II: Nei giardin del bello (Canzone del velo) 04:14
5. Werther, Act III: Je vous écris de ma petite chambre (“Letter Aria”) 07:00
6. The Legend of Shota Rustaveli: Cavatina of Queen Tamar 02:23
7. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, Act II: Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix 05:19
8. The Tsar’s Bride, Act I: You Wil Pay (“Lyubasha’s Aria”) 04:24
9. Carmen, WD 31: Act I: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (“Habanera”) 04:14
10. Cavalleria rusticana: Voi lo sapete, o mamma 03:01
11. Sapho, Act III: O ma lyre immortelle 06:49
12. Don Carlo, Act IV: O don fatale 04:16

Arakishvili, Dimitri (1878-1953)
Bizet, Georges (1838-75)
Gounod, Charles François (1818-93)
Mascagni, Pietro (1863-1945)
Massenet, Jules Emile Frederic (1842-1912)
Rimsky Korsakov, Nikolay Andreyevich (1844-1908)
Saint-Saëns, Charles Camille (1835-1921)
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)

Anita Rachvelishvili, mezzo-soprano
Barbara Massaro, soprano
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai
Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza
Giacomo Sagripanti, conductor