Aria Fresca

Aria Fresca

by Quartetto GelatoQuartetto Gelato


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Originally released in 1998 and reissued in 2005 as part of Linus Records' complete career overview of the Toronto-based classical-folk group Quartetto Gelato, Aria Fresca was the quartet's final album with founder and leader Claudio Vena. The album mostly consists of vocal showcases for tenor Peter DeSotto, familiar arias adapted from various operas (mostly Italian) to fit their idiosyncratic and ever-shifting style. All members of Quartetto Gelato double or triple on their instruments (even DeSotto, who plays violin and mandolin in addition to singing), which gives the album a much more varied sound than similar groups can manage. Primary arranger Vena also gets to stretch out a bit, first with a fully orchestral collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on Puccini's "Prelude and Aria Nessun' Dorma" from Turandot and next with his composition "Tango Solitario," an homage to Astor Piazzolla that features his own accordion playing against George Meanwell's canny cello counterpoint. A diverse and enjoyable set, Aria Fresca is a worthy capper to the first stage of Quartetto Gelato's career.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2005
Label: Linus
UPC: 0803057005628
catalogNumber: 270056
Rank: 135148

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quartetto Gelato   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Joaquin Valdepenas   Conductor
George Meanwell   Guitar,Cello
Cynthia Steljes   English Horn,Oboe
Peter DeSotto   Mandolin,Violin,Tenor (Vocal)
Claudio Vena   Accordion,Viola
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Peter de Sotto   Mandolin,Violin,Tenor (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Charles Gounod   Composer
Giacomo Puccini   Composer
Richard Strauss   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Chad Irschick   Producer,Engineering
Gioachino Rossini   Composer
Michael Sweeney   Arranger
Stephen McNeff   Arranger
Peter DeSotto   Arranger
Claudio Vena   Arranger,Composer
Quartetto Gelato   Arranger
Hungarian Traditional   Composer
József Kossovits   Composer
Antonio Pasculli   Composer

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