It happened yesterday, at the National Theatre in Bucharest.
The CD is already available in music stores in Romania, for international purchase and shipping on Carturesti.ro and for download on various websites, such as iTunes and Amazon.
Buy, listen and share your thoughts. Also on twitter, hash-tagging #GuardianAngel
In brief, in the video below Angela speaks of the joy of having the second Christmas carols CD released, how much she worked to get the best result possible and how important it was for her to have original orchestrations and to perform with people she admires: her daughter, Loredana, Tiberiu Soare.
Angela Gheorghiu, Dana Adam (MediaPro), Oltea Serban Parau (Radio Romania). Photo @Radio Romania Muzical
On the concert at Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris this Sunday on Forumopera.
[...] Elles sont en revanche nombreuses à proposer en bis « O mio babbino caro » mais plus rares à le chanter comme une reine implorerait la miséricorde divine. Pour rappel, il ne s'agit que de l'humble supplique d'une jeune fille à son « petit papa chéri ». Elles ne sont pas si nombreuses à susciter ainsi agacement et admiration, amusement et émoi, irritation et enthousiasme. Angela Gheorghiu fait partie de ce petit nombre. [...]
Nicely said. The entire reviewis available here. With some details also on the tenor and conductor's performances.
Thanks to Martine! Many close ups. First rows have their advantage, first to hear, first to see every single detail of the figure and outfits. What an elegant white dress!
Only one article regarding the concert, for the moment, written by Petra Gherasim, correspondent for Radio Romania Muzical. Amazing Angela, great conductor. But not a word on the tenor. Wonder why...
[…] There were so many emotional moments that it's difficult to mention only one. It could be Ave Maria by Verdi or Ecco, respire appenna from Adriana Lecouvreur by Cilea. It's hard to say where her special timber glistened most. But what is sure it's that listening to her live is an extraordinary experience and the Parisian audience indulged into the moment. The venue was overcrowded and was shaken by applauses after each appearance of the soprano. Even if the concert was supposed to end at 10pm, after two hours of music, I must tell you that the event lasted thirty more minutes, Angela offering encore after encore, being brought back on the stage by the ovations. […]
Starting today, Guardian Angel is available for download on iTunes. As you know, you have to check the iTunes store in your country in order to get the right price for the album.
1. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (feat. Ioana Dan)
2. O, Holy Nigh
3. Petit Papa Noe
4. White Christms
5. Silent Nigh
6. I'll Be Home for Christmas (feat. Loredana)
7. Guardian Angel
8. O Tannenbaum
9. Vecerni Zvon
10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
11. O Divine Redeemer (Repenti)
12. O Divine Redeemer (English Version)
Angela Gheorghiu soprano
Marius Vlad Budoiu ténor
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Tiberiu Soare conductor
Very nice program! Lucky Parisians who'll attend the concert on November 9 at Theatre des Champs Elysees. The duet from Adriana Lecouvreur and "Arie de Lisa" draw my attention as new entries. That Aria might be the one from Pique Dame?
Wagner Lohengrin, Prélude à l’acte III
Puccini «Tu che di gel sei cinta», air extrait de Turandot
Mascagni «Suzel buon di», duo extrait de L’Amico Fritz
Leoncavallo «Vesti la giubba», air extrait de Pagliacci
Bizet Carmen, Entr’acte - Acte III
Verdi «Ave Maria», «Dio, mi potevi scagliar», « Gia nella notte densa», airs et duo extraits d’Otello
Dvorák Danse slave n° 1
Cilea «Ecco, respiro appena», Ma dunque a vero», air et duo extraits d’Adriana Lecouvreur
Wagner «In fernem Land», air extrait de Lohengrin
Tchaïkovski Eugène Onéguine, Polonaise et Arie de Lisa
Lehár «Dein ist mein ganzes Herz», air extrait de Das Land des Lachelns
Puccini «O suave fanciulla», duo extrait de La Bohème
Newly released international Christmas carols CD. Looks and sounds amazing! I know all of you are curious to know what's on it. But I won't spoil the surprise yet. I'm sure it will be available for download on iTunes and Amazon very soon.
Angela Gheorghiu said: In the eclectic repertory you will discover carols sung in English, French, German and even Russian. They are songs from everywhere, I wanted to synthesize the beauty of this music so popular worldwide. Christmas is the favorite holiday of millions of people. They all indulge in dreaming and belief in welfare, harmony and peace, they wish to be close to their families and friends.
It was my wish to record a duet with my daughter, Ioana Dan, because I have always had this longing of being close to my dear ones. It took me a while to persuade her, she finally accepted and I'm very happy. This carol, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, is genuinely emotional.
The duet with Loredana Groza, I'll be home for Christmas, is the acknowledgement of a long friendship, we recorded together with professionalism and grace. We both consider it a gift for the listeners in Romania and abroad.