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Lise Davidsen

Beethoven Wagner Verdi (CD)

Beethoven • Wagner • Verdi opens with Leonore’s tormented aria ‘Abscheulicher!’ from Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, a role which Davidsen played to great acclaim in 2020: “Davidsen, more than fulfilling the high expectations placed on her, makes a phenomenal Leonore.” (Guardian)

Davidsen has chosen to present some of the great operatic heroines from German and Italian repertoire: Verdi’s Leonora from La forza del destino; Cherubini’s Medea, reprising her 2017 Wexford debut and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana revealing a flair for verismo. Verdi’s Ave Maria from Otello provides the perfect mood-setting for Der Engel (‘The Angel’) the first of Wagner’s five Wesendonck Lieder which has become a signature piece for Lise and which affords us a glimpse of her future Isolde.

Recorded in London during the summer and autumn of 2020, Davidsen is accompanied by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder on this hotly-anticipated new record offering listeners an audience with “one of the greatest vocal talents to have emerged in recent years, if not decades” (Gramophone).


TRACK LIST

1. “Absheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from “Fidelio” (Act I No.9)
2. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 - Recitativo. Allegro con brio
3. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 - Aria. Adagio
4. “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65 - Allegro assai “Ah crudel! crudel!”
5. Dei tuoi figli la madre” from “Medea” Act I
6. “Voi lo Sapete” from “Cavalleria Rusticana” (Act I; Romanza e Scena)
7. “Pace Pace” from “La Forza Del Destino” (Act IV Sc 2)