Mephistopheles & Other Bad Guys (CD) – Kevin Short

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Mephistopheles & Other Bad Guys (CD) – Kevin Short

Composers: Charles Gounod, Arrigo Boito, Ludwig von Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Maria von Weber, Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, Hector Berlioz, Gordon Getty, Modest Mussorgsky, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Richard Wagner
Artists: Kevin Short, Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Pentatone
CD Release Date: August 3, 2018

In opera, specific voice types are often associated with certain types of characters. One recurring association for the bass voice is that of evil, wicked, even diabolical characters. It is on that immensely fascinating association that this collection of arias is focused. The nineteen selections take us on a journey through a period spanning some two hundred years, exploring how composers working in diverse national and institutional contexts and writing in an array of styles and genres have exploited the bass voice to engage with the depiction of such characters.

This colorful repertoire is sung by the esteemed American bass-baritone Kevin Short, whose powerful voice is as sensuous as it is sinister. Short is accompanied by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, led by its Music Director Lawrence Foster.

 

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