This is Marina Rebeka's third Solo Album and the first one to be released by her own label Prima Classic. It Features the great Scenes of the Dramatic Bel Canto including Scenes from Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, Norma, Il Pirata and La Vestale. It was recorded at the Teatro Massimo Palermo with Jader Bignamini conducting the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro Massimo di Palermo.
ORCHESTRA E CORO DEL TEATRO MASSIMO DI PALERMO
VINCENZO BELLINI, NORMA
1. Casta Diva… Fine al rito 9:01
2. Ah! bello a me ritorna… 4:54
VINCENZO BELLINI, IL PIRATA
3. Scena 3:41
4. Oh! s’io potessi… 4:40
5. Col sorriso d’innocenza… Qual suono ferale 5:12
6. Oh! Sole! ti vela di tenebre oscure 3:01
GAETANO DONIZETTI, MARIA STUARDA
7. Io vi rivedo alfin! 3:36
8. Deh! Tu di un umile preghiera… Oh colpo! 5:16
9. Di un cor che muore… Giunge il conte 5:33
10. Ah! Se un giorno da queste ritorte… 5:10
GAETANO DONIZETTI, ANNA BOLENA
11. Piangete voi?… 4:49
12. Al dolce guidami… Che mai sento 6:25
13. Coppia iniqua 3:28
GASPARE SPONTINI, LA VESTALE
14. Ô des infortunés… 2:22
15. Toi, que j’implore avec effroi 5:27
16. Sur cet autel sacré… 2::58
17. Impitoyables Dieux 2:15
Total playing time: 77:57
Formidable voice and plenty of artistry. Marina Rebeka launches her own label with a selection of bel canto scenes. As before, she scores big points for the nobility and grandezza of her performances.
Her scene from Maria Stuarda is terrific, the prayer building up impressively and movingly. And the artistry on display in the Anna Bolena excerpt is moving on its own terms
Formidable intensity and interpretive intelligence.
With her voluptuous but scalable voice and instinctive sense of musical drama, Rebeka gives a lot of herself in these characterizations, inhabiting each heroine so fully that the music seems her natural communicative idiom.
Among the ever-present memories of Callas, Gencer, Sutherland, Sills, Caballé or Devia, the Latvian soprano finds a place that is anything but modest.
Soprano Marina Rebeka is one of the great masters in her field
Marina Rebeka has all the attributes to do full justice to the music: one of the most beautiful voices now before the public, effortless delivery, a slightly vibrant warm tone, impeccable legato, power when needed in the dramatic cabaletta and a rich pallet of nuances – the diminuendo at the end of the aria proper (Casta Diva) is something to return to forever. And, needless to say, her coloratura just pours forth like a bird’s trill.
Outpourings of pathos and dazzling ornamentations find their balance, without ever losing the most carnal emotion.
In this unteachable amalgamation of musical integrity and dramatic sincerity, Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka has proved in the last decade to be a uniquely-qualified champion of her own variation on the Callas mystique. Her homage is not the flattery of mimicry but the advancement of Callas's sublimely uncomplicated concept of bel canto.
Many singers perform and record this repertory, but this recording asserts Marina Rebeka's manifestation of the true spirito of bel canto.
Executed to perfection, not only technically, but also on the emotional level. Marina Rebeka is certainly one of the most talented sopranos on the world opera scene.
This a must buy CD for any Bel Canto lover. Marina Rebeka showcases that she is a fine interpreter of the Bel Canto style who not only understands the vocal necessities, but also the dramatic implications of the music.
Rebeka’s approach to the music has real bite, yet she is also capable of remarkable delicacy.
The voice and the superlative technique of the soprano make wonders: a perfectly homogeneous voice from high to low, brilliance of coloratura, dramatic commitment ... it is faultless!
The soprano's beautiful and refined nature, powerful and expressive, capable of a rich middle register, ample, and carnal, is of the callasian type.
There is plenty to feast on throughout these five great scenes.
This beautiful recital confirms the great musicianship of Marina Rebeka, and comes to remind us that we still have, today, voices capable of complying with the requirements of Belcanto.
The voice of Marina Rebeka is ideal for these roles, the album is remarkable, without concession, and of a poignant force. A few days after the death of the "Superba" Caballlé, we are reassured to see that the next generation is ready to take over.
One of the most convincing sopranos of her generation.
The Mozart and Rossini albums by Marina Rebeka were already very successful. This one brilliantly raises the bar even higher.
She attacks the phrases with accuracy and plenty of dramatic force. The treble is not a problem for Rebeka, her emission is secure and with potency.
Rebeka presents us with an important instrument and a technique especially suited for this repertoire.
The audience will be transported into springtime with Marina Rebeka's album SPIRITO.