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Movingly beautiful

Robert Dean Smith
sings Wagner,
reviewed by
TESS CREBBIN


Arte Nova    74321 81176 2

Robert Dean Smith - Wagner Portrait. © 2001 Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH

Robert Dean Smith is a Heldentenor with a lyric quality to his voice, which makes his interpretations of Wagner movingly beautiful even in their heaviest moments [listen -- track 10, 9:56-11:13]. Since he made his international breakthrough in Bayreuth in 1997, Smith has become a sought-after regular at the annual Wagner Festival.

His distinct voice tackles the most difficult parts with ease and now Arte Nova, a unit label of BMG Classics, has released a CD with some of Smith's finest Wagner excerpts.

Robert Dean Smith
Robert Dean Smith

Whether it is 'Am stillen Herd' (Meistersinger) [listen -- track 2, 0:30-1:28], 'Allmächt'ger Vater' (Rienzi) or 'In fernem Land' (Lohengrin) [listen -- track 13, 0:24-1:47], Smith pleases with every note he sings and makes for an unforgettable listening experience.

Copyright © 20 July 2004 Tess Crebbin, Germany

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Robert Dean Smith - Wagner Portrait

74321 81176 2 DDD Stereo 76'49" 2001 Arte Nova Musikproduktions GmbH

Robert Dean Smith, tenor; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava; Ivan Anguélov, conductor

Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Fanget an!; Am stillen Herd; Morgenlich leuchtend; Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater; Dich selige Frau; Winterstürme; Siegmund heiss' ich; Parsifal: Amfortas! Die Wunde!; Nur eine Waffe taugt; Tannhäuser: Hör an, Wolfram! Hör an!; Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater; Lohengrin: Höchstes Vertrau'n; In fernem Land; Mein lieber Schwan!

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