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Donizetti - Scenes & Overtures [CD]

Nelly Miricioiu , Rockwell Blake , Garry Magee , David Parry , Philharmonia Orchestra , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Nelly Miricioiu, Rockwell Blake, Garry Magee, Majella Cullagh, Sara Fulgoni, et al.
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Opera Rara
  • ASIN: B00000JQGG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 642,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Selection of rarities 18 Mar 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of Opera Rara's most recommendable releases. A well chosen programme dedicated to minor works by a major composer. Good singing. And last but not least, texts and translations. What more could you ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Donizetti Rarities 27 Nov 1999
By Michael K. Halloran - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Opera Rara has done more towards unearthing forgotten and neglected bel canto works than any other record company, and for that, they deserve to be commended. The additional fact that virtually everything they produce is so well recorded, performed, and packaged is another bonus.
The present recording is no exception. It presents alternate numbers written by Donizetti as additional or replacement material for several of his operas. The overtures are pleasant enough, but it would have been nice to have even more vocal material, for the selections included are truly fine.
The singers are up to their assignments, with the notable exception of Rockwell Blake, who has lost the freshness and ease of tone found on his Mozart and Rossini discs during the 1980's. However, Nelly Miriciou once again does herself proud, singing with dramatic intensity and excellent technical aplomb, while newcomer Garry Magee takes the baritone roles with beautiful tone and full commitment. An excellent disc.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well sung/performed: rare ensembles and arias/Donizetti 16 July 2000
By J. E. ASENCIO-NEGRON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD of Donizetti's rarities contains interesting and well sung ensembles and arias. This is the type product (well recorded and good performances) that we usually expect from Opera Rara. I will comment on some of them.
The baritone Gary Magee (as Lusignano, King of Cyprus) sings with dramatic intensity and beautiful tone in "Piangi, si piangi, o misera" (Weep, yes weep, unhappy woman) (Track 3) from the alternative finale to "Caterina Cornaro" (Naples, 1844) which focus now attention on the dying Lusignano instead of Caterina. The manuscript of this finale was discovered by Opera Rara's Patric Schmid, the series' producer and artistic director, and it is being heard for the first time this century.
The aria and cabaletta: "Havvi un Dio che in sua clemenza" (There is a god who, in his mercy...), and "Benigno il ciel arridere" (Heaven seems to smile with favor) (Track 6), from the opera "Maria di Rohan (Vienna, 1843), it is performed by Nelly Miriciou (soprano) with convincing dramatic force & technical grip, even though I prefer Monserrat Caballé (soprano).
The quartet: "Ahimè, quell'anelito il core mi gela" (Alas, such longing freezes my heart) (Track 9) from the finale of Act I of "Pia de' Tolomei" (Venice, 1837), is very good. However the complete opera recorded by Nuova Era has additional duets & arias for baritone that could have been an excellent addition (as rarities) here to be sung by Gary Magee. This opera has the finest passages reserved for the tenor & the baritone since the attention is not focused on the prima donna.
I hope Opera Rara will consider issuing a: `Scenes & Overtures II'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Exploration 18 Nov 2010
By Pietro Zanette - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting exploration indeed. Apart from Maria Stuarda and Anna Bolena, the rest is virtually unknown repertoire.
Good that this time Opera Rara provides us with the libretto text of the various pieces. The voices are not particularly beautiful but they belong to artists who know their work and are top professionals. We must be grateful to Nelly Miriciou, Rockwell Blake and Garry Magee whose names appear on the cover for their work.
David parry conducts as if he has been on this repertorie the whole of his life and Philharmonia Orchestra follows him aptly. I have a preference for the Marin Faliero, Caterina Cornaro and Maria di Rohan selections but all are good (Gianni di Calais, Ajo nell'Imbarazzo, Ugo Conte di Parigi and Pia de' Tolomei). Price not friendly but worth the money 100%
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