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Angela Gheorghiu - Casta Diva / Pido
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Vincenzo Bellini (Composer), Gaetano Donizetti (Composer), Gioachino Rossini (Composer), Evelino Pid˛ (Conductor), Karen Jones (Performer), London Symphony Orchestra (Orchestra), Angela Gheorghiu (Performer)
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Listen  1. Norma: Aria: Casta divaAngela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛/Karen Jones 7:25$1.94 Buy Track
Listen  2. Norma: Cabaletta: 'Ah bello a me ritorna'Angela Gheorghiu/Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Terry Edwards/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 2:10$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  3. Gugliemo Tell: Scena - 'S'allontanano alfin!'...Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 3:18$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  4. Gugliemo Tell: Romanza: 'Selva opaca'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 5:06$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  5. I Puritani: Aria: 'Qui la voce sua soave' ... 'O rendetemi la speme'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 3:35$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  6. I Puritani: Cabaletta: 'Vien diletto, Ŕ in ciel la luna'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 2:30$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  7. La Sonnambula: Aria: 'Ah! non credea mirarti'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 5:22$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  8. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Cavatina: 'Una voce poco fa'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 2:34$0.99 Buy Track
Listen  9. Il barbiere di Siviglia: 'Io sono docile'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 4:01$0.99 Buy Track
Listen10. L'assedio di Corinto: Scena: 'L'ora fatal s'appressa'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 2:38$0.99 Buy Track
Listen11. L'assedio di Corinto: Preghiera: 'Giusto ciel! in tal periglio'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛/Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 3:33$0.99 Buy Track
Listen12. Anna Bolena: Scena: 'Piangete voi'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛/Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 5:00$0.99 Buy Track
Listen13. Anna Bolena: Aria: 'Al dolce guidami'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛/Christine Pendrill 4:46$0.99 Buy Track
Listen14. Lucia di Lammermoor: Aria: 'Regnava nel silenzio'...Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 4:35$0.99 Buy Track
Listen15. Lucia di Lammermoor: Cabaletta: 'Quando rapito in estasi'Angela Gheorghiu/London Symphony Orchestra/Evelino Pid˛ 4:29$0.99 Buy Track

On this CD:
  1. Norma, opera Casta Diva...Ah! bello a me ritorna
    Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu, Karen Jones
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  2. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera S'allontanano alfine!...Selva opaca
    Composed by Gioachino Rossini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  3. I Puritani, opera Qui la voce...Vien, diletto
    Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  4. La sonnambula, opera Ah! non credea mirarti
    Composed by Vincenzo Bellini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  5. Il barbiŔre di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera Una voce poco fa
    Composed by Gioachino Rossini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  6. Le siŔge de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), opera L'ora fatal s'appressa...Giusto ciel! In tal periglio
    Composed by Gioachino Rossini
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  7. Anna Bolena, opera Piangete voi?...Al dolce guidami
    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

  8. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera Regnava nel silenzio...Quando rapito in estasi
    Composed by Gaetano Donizetti
    Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
    with Angela Gheorghiu
    Conducted by Evelino Pido

Editorial Reviews
The title Casta Diva tells all. This recital disc shows soprano Angela Gheorghiu reaching out beyond the lyric Verdi-Gounod-Massenet-Puccini repertory in which she made her name and edging into the gymnastic world of coloratura and bel canto--with some measure of success. Her opening number, the eponymous Bellini "Casta Diva," doesn't show Gheorghiu at her best: the sound is hollow rather than serene and just a touch too fluttery in the vibrato to feel comfortable. But in other arias from La Sonnambula, I Puritani, and Guglielmo Tell, she seems on surer ground--though even here, the fioritura can be rushed and swallowed when it needs to be approached with measured confidence. Of course, the technique is there, as are the eloquence and subtlety--but take this disc as a token of things to come rather than evidence of what has already arrived. That way, you'll be pleasantly surprised as opposed to slightly disappointed. --Michael White

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars MAKE NO MISTAKE --- GHEORGHIU IS HERE TO STAY!!!!!!!!!, August 18, 2002
By L. Mitnick (Chicago, Illinois United States) - See all my reviews
As one who has thrilled to the likes of Callas, Sutherland, Caballe, etc, I will frankly admit that I am very impressed by Angela Gheorghiu ---- and those who compare her unfavorably to the above mentioned legends are indulging in jealousy, sour grapes, and the knowledge that time has marched on, and that the age of Callas, Sutherland, and Caballe is now firmly entrenched in the past. Angela Gheorghiu has an amazing voice, and there are moments when she sounds amazingly like Callas, especially when she colors phrases in the middle range, and, moreover, she has a dramatic compulsion that completely eluded both Sutherland and Caballe'. There is a lot of very good singing here, and a few misses as well, but this is a recording well worth listening to, and it proves very enjoyable on repeated hearings. My big objection to this recording is that there are things which should have been included, but were not. For example, the exciting cabalettas to the "Sonnambula" and "Anna "Bolena" scenes would have jacked up the excitement by miles, and there is no reason why one should assume that Gheorghiu could not bring them off.
The final top E flat at the conclusion of the "Puritani" scene is secure and attractive, but it is my feeling that this note is sort of "on loan" to her ---- and not a working part of her natural range. No matter ----- Gheorghiu is great artist, and those who find fault with her are doing so for reasons that have little to do with her work. It obviously bothers some people that there are human beings so supremely gifted with such golden attributes as beauty of voice, musicianship, a sense of drama ----- all housed inside of a beautiful woman --- that it makes them prone to indulge in bashing. Too bad! This woman is possibly the greatest thing that's happened to opera since Maria Callas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting entry into coloratura soprano territory, January 6, 2007
By Steven A. Peterson (Hershey, PA (Born in Kewanee, IL)) - See all my reviews
This represents a major excursion of soprano Angela Gheorghiu into the world of coloratura. First, what is coloratura in opera? The Wikipedia says: "In the bel canto era, all singers had to be coloratura specialists, that is, they had to be able to add ornamentations to the written music." Ornamentation includes trills, runs, and other vocal effects (such as appoggiaturas and acciaccaturas), many of which leave the listener in awe.

Gheorghiu does not appear to be a natural coloratura soprano. While coloratura technique can be used by any singer from bass to soprano, male or female, we normally think of sopranos in this context. We also normally think of coloratura sopranos as having lighter voices that can reach those high notes and have the agility to command the ornamentation called for. Of course, as I recall, Joan Sutherland, one of the great coloratura sopranos of the 20th century, began as a dramatic soprano (although my memory may betray me). Certainly, the voice of Gheorghiu is darker than a Beverly Sills, for example. But the true test: What about the ornamentation and agility?

In short, my answer is "not bad." Her trills are not great, but some who essay the coloratura repertoire ignore trills entirely (listen to Maria Callas, for example); others stun, such as Joan Sutherland. While Gheorghiu is no Sutherland (or Sills), she is on a higher plane than Callas. She shows vocal agility in traversing some of the prime coloratura territory for sopranos. The cabaletta to "Casta diva" (from Bellini's Norma) is nicely done; just so, the cabaletta from I Puritani, "Vien, diletto," is competently done; she is able to show agility in Rossini's "Una voce poca fa" (from Il Barbiera de Siviglia), although her voice is darker and heavier than many others who take this tune on. The great test on this CD: her rendering of Mad Lucy's "Quanto rapito in estasi" (from Lucia di Lammermoor). This is not Sills or Sutherland. But it ain't bad! In cabalettas such as this, it's not the first time through that is of interest for the coloratura soprano. The first time through, the singer demonstrates that she can hit the notes and has some coloratura technique. It's the second time through, when the vocal pyrotechnics should emerge. And Gheorghiu's second time through features more ornamentation and vocal effects. She takes it up a jot from the first time through this great cabaletta.

In the end, Angela Gheorghiu is not Sills or Sutherland. But there aren't too many at that level to begin with. She does a pretty good job, and the CD is worth a listen. If nothing else, compare current sopranos who essay the coloratura repertoire with predecessors such as Sills and Sutherland. Gheorghiu need not feel embarrassed with her work on this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting place into dangerous territory, February 21, 2003
By V. Chau (San Diego, CA) - See all my reviews
Angela Gheorghiu is a beautiful woman who happens to have a lovely, dark voice capable of many colors. Her voice is immediately recognizable. She dives head first into this recital of technically difficult and dramatically challenging arias. Some arias are performed superbly. Others need more work. She has good Italian throughout this disc. She is a speaker of the language, so to say that she has bad Italian shows ignorance on the part of the one reviewer who said disparaging remarks about her diction. She does not have intonation problems on this disc. Her "Casta Diva" sounds far too studied and detached. She sounds as if she wants to perform the aria brilliantly in terms of simply pulling it off rather than investing her entire dramatic intelligence into it. The arias from "Guglielmo Tell" and "L'Assedio di Corinto" are performed superbly with a lot of dramatic commitment. Her coloratura throughout is secure, but it does not have the same fluidity that Sutherland and Sills commanded. However, to criticize her good coloratura technique is too narrow-minded. She is not a true coloratura. Keep that in mind. The "Anna Bolena" aria is sung well. The first half is done superbly, but the requisite nostalgia in the second half is missing. She tries, but fails to convince. Her "Una voce poco fa" is sung brilliantly, but without any charm or wit. It is too bad. The arias from "La Sonnambula" and "I Puritani" are sung nicely, but the high E's are not really secure. She needs to work on those notes. She also lacks a real trill. Her "Lucia di Lammermoor" excerpt is good, but Sutherland and Sills have sung it better. Sills also sang it with more convincing emotion. Overall, this disc is a good look at what may come from Gheorghiu in the future in the bel canto repertory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew!
When I first listened to this CD, I was rather surprised, much like I was when I first listened to Renee Fleming's Bel Canto CD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Basso Profondo

2.0 out of 5 stars A definite wobble.
Angela Gheorghiu may very well be 'the next Callas'. Callas' overuse of chest voice and forcing out high notes that aren't comfortably in her range are all here, as well as some... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Alex Redfern

5.0 out of 5 stars El retorno de la Callas.
Como no podÝa ser de otro modo, de nuevo esa gran artista que es ANGELA GHEORGHIU consigue un trabajo redondo, esta vez ofreciendo versiones de las mas celebres arias... Read more
Published on April 7, 2004 by Annio mozartiano ;)

2.0 out of 5 stars A Voice Not Suited For Bel Canto
This is not one of Gheorghiu's better recordings - in fact it may be her worst. The major problem seems to be that Gheorghiu is not at all suited for this repertoire. Read more
Published on April 8, 2002 by Thomas H. Moody

5.0 out of 5 stars What a Heavenly Voice
Wow! I bought this CD at the recommendation of the Wall Street Journal and the reviews here on and I'm overwhelmed by the beauty of Ms. Gheorghiu's voice. Read more
Published on November 28, 2001 by Rhett Clements

2.0 out of 5 stars DISAPPOINTING!
Madame Gheorghiu (aka Mrs. Alagna) is an enterprising artiste who easily stands on her own two feet. Read more
Published on November 21, 2001 by Operaman!

Ravishing in presence, rich in talent Romanian born soprano Angela Gheorghiu has delighted audiences throughout the world and established herself as an international opera star... Read more
Published on October 13, 2001 by Gail Cooke

3.0 out of 5 stars Too little too slow
While I agree that Angela has a gorgeous voice and sings quite
beautifully, she stretches some of the music out of shape. Read more
Published on October 5, 2001

4.0 out of 5 stars Brava!!......keep expanding your repitoire
I enjoy this cd very much. In my opinion, Gheorgiu sounds like a combinaton of Tebaldi, Bartoli, and Callas. Read more
Published on September 26, 2001 by Jerry Ayala

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