Puccini - Complete Songs for Soprano and Piano | Naxos 8573501

Puccini - Complete Songs for Soprano and Piano


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573501

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th March 2017



Though Puccini represents the late-Romantic apex of the Italian operatic tradition, his songs are much less well known and, in their pared simplicity and emotional restraint, could hardly be more different from his stage works. The nineteen complete songs for soprano (two in duet with a mezzo*) and piano cover themes typical of lyric poetry including life, death, personal resolution, love, nature, home and religious faith. There are also rare salon pieces and examples of Puccini’s secular and sacred juvenilia, written between 1875 and 1880.

All-Puccini song discs are exceptionally rare. The songs are almost always heard in compilation discs, in arrangements (often for instrumentalists), or interspersed with operatic arias.

Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova has sung at the world’s greatest opera houses. She has recorded widely, and her early Orfeo CDs won awards.

Her latest recording on Orfeo, Verismo (C899171A), was awarded Supersonic rating by Pizzicato: “What a passion, what a dramatic power! She embodies every character and just gets to the truth! From a technical point of view, at 54, she has still a perfect control of her voice, of breath, dynamics and vibrato. The passagios are impeccable, intonation is flawless, and legatolines are heart-melting.”

Pianist Maria Prinz has recorded Mozart Violin Sonatas for Naxos (8573033) in arrangements for flute and piano with Patrick Gallois. The American Record Guide wrote: “Gallois and Prinz give us Mozart performances that are graceful without the ‘kid gloves’ treatment. I don’t find this playing held back or forced; it sounds natural, so is it ever beguiling! Balm for whatever in life has brought you down.”

*The mezzo-soprano parts are sung on this recording by Krassimira Stoyanova herself.

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