Stella di Napol (Orchestra and Chorus of Lyon Opera, Riccardo Minasi cond.)
Joyce DiDonato’s photograph on the front of her recent collection of bel canto mezzo-soprano arias makes her look like the star she is, shimmering against a black sky. Each beautiful gem glitters in this immaculate studio recording. The precise and exquisitely timed of the O de X under Y show off DiDonato to perfection. Much like a good undertaker, you almost don’t notice them. To hear these beautiful songs, doing what bel canto does - display wonderful singing.
Exquisite and glittering, what could be more perfect to find in a Christmas stocking than this?
There isn’t a weak item on the disc. Nothing is under four minutes, and most are considerably longer. So it makes for a very satisfying affair. My favourite is probably the item from which the album takes its name- Pacini’s Stella di Napoli – from a scene in which the heroine bemoans her fate and lack of pity.
|It's worth the admission for Pari Dukovic's cover photograph alone|