Joyce DiDonato’s ¡Pasión
Joyce DiDonato has one powerful and wonderful voice. On this enjoyable CD, she sings a collection of Spanish songs by Manuel de Falla, Enrique Granados, Xavier Montsalvatge, Fernando J. Obradors, Gioachino Rossini, and Joaquin Turina.
It looks to me like DiDonato likes to select songs that are dramatic, and also songs that are simply fun.
On this CD, DiDonato as accompanied by Julius Drake at the piano, offers a large assortment of some of the finest songs, and ¡Pasión! is a most appropriate title for this collection:
Fernando Obradors’ ‘Canciones clásicas españolas, Enrique Granados’ ‘Elegia eterna’, ‘La maja dolorosa’, and ‘No lloréis ojuelos’, Joaquín Turina’s ‘Poema en forma de canciones’, Manuel de Falla’s ‘7 Popular Spanish Songs’, Xavier Montsalvatge’s complete ‘Canciones negras’, and Rossini’s ‘Canzonetta spagnuola – En medio a mis dolores’.
This is Spanish music that awakes excitement and creates dreams! And Ms. DiDonato provides a terrific spirit in her interpretations.
For a complete change of pace, here are two quite different selections for your additional enjoyment:
First, Joyce DiDonato sings from Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia”:
If you’d also like to hear Joyce DiDonato and Renee Fleming sing some Mozart together, please click below, and enjoy: