Beethoven Wagner Verdi (CD)
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).
Beethoven: “Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?” from Fidelio (Act I; No.9)
Beethoven: “Ah! Perfido”, Scene and Aria for Soprano and Orchestra Op.65
Recitativo. Allegro con brio
Allegro assai “Ah crudel! crudel!”
Cherubini: Dei tuoi figli la madre” from Medea (Act I)
Mascagni: “Voi lo Sapete” from Cavalleria Rusticana (Act I; Romanza e Scena)
Verdi: “Pace Pace” from La Forza Del Destino (Act IV; Scene 2)
Verdi: “Ave Maria, piena di grazia” from Otello (Act IV)
Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder, WWV91