For generations Bellini s Norma has been looked at from the vantage point of the Verismo era at the beginning of the 20th century. Now Cecilia Bartoli unveils the opera s original pre-romantic style and colour by taking Norma back to its roots.
For the first time ever the entire music is recorded with period instruments from Bellini s time. Traditional cuts are reinstated. Keys and tonalities are put back into place and the music is executed according to Bellini s own tempo indications.
The leading characters were selected according to Bellini s own choice of vocal colours: Bellini wrote Norma for Giuditta Pasta, who sang many parts which today are considered mezzosoprano roles. Adalgisa was sung by Giulia Grisi, a light soprano, and Pollione by Domenico Donzelli, who had a flexible, Rossini-style tenor voice.
A new critical music edition was compiled from the autograph score and many manuscript sources.
DEC 4783517; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Lirica