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Rossini - Adelaide di Borgogna [Double CD, Live]

Majella Cullagh , Jennifer Larmore , Mirco Palazzi , Bruce Ford , Rebecca Bottone , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Majella Cullagh, Jennifer Larmore, Mirco Palazzi, Bruce Ford, Rebecca Bottone, et al.
  • Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Giuliano Carella
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (27 Nov 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • Label: Opera Rara
  • ASIN: B000HC2OQE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I: Sinfonia 5:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 1: Introduction: Misera patria oppressa (Populace, Soldiers, Berengario, Iroldo) 2:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 2: Introduction: Lasciami: in tel del padre (Adelaide, Berengario, Adelberto) 2:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 2: Introduction: Dio, che m'ami in tal cimento (Adelaide, Berengario, Adelbelto) 1:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 2: Introduction: Ah! crudel, non lusingarti (Adelberto, Adelaide, Berengariio, General Chorus) - Scene 3: Tu, che non hai coraggio (Berengario, Iroldo) 2:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 4: Recitative: Nostra e l'Italia (Berengario, Adelberto, Eurice) 1:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 5: Salve, Italia, un di regnante (Soldiers) 1:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 6: Scene: Oh sacra all virtu, sacra al valore (Ottone) 1:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 6: Cavatina: Soffri la tua sventura (Ottone) 2:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 6: Amica speme al cor mi dice (Ottone) 3:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 7: Recitative and Cavatina: Signor, al campo e giunto (Ernesto, Ottone, Adelberto) 2:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 7: Duet: Vive Adelaide in pianto (Ottone, Adelberto) 2:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 7: Duet: Noi deponiamo il brando (Adelberto, Ottone) 1:35£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 7: Duet: Amico ricetto io t'offro in Canosso (Adelberto, Ottone) - Scene 8: Alcun non giunge ? (Eurice) 1:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 9: Recitative and Duet: Cadde nel laccio Ottone (Berengario, Eurice) 1:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 10: Cavatina: Viva Ottone, il grande, il forte (Iroldo, Soldiers) 1:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 10: Recitative and Cavatina: Vedi, signor? Non fra nemici tuoi (Berengario, Ottone) - Scene 11: Ecco quell'infelice (Adelaide, Ottone, Adelberto, Ottone) 3:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 11: Cavatina: Plauda il mondo in si bel giorno (Iroldo, Chorus) 1:32£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 12: Recitative: Tacer! sempre tacer! (Adelberto, Berengario) 1:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 12: Cavatina: Se protegge amica sorte (Berengario) 3:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 12: Aria: L'amor del figlio, ed il desio di regno (Eurice)0:26£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 12: Aria: Vorrei distruggere del figlio i voti (Eurice) 2:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 13: O ritiro che soggiorno (Chorus) 2:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 13: Cavatina: E fia pur ver, che tanti affanni (Adelaide)0:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 13: Cavatina: Occhi miei, piangeste assai (Adelaide) 1:53£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 13: Cavatina: O cara immagine (Adelaide) 3:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 14: Cavatina: Pur mi lice una volta (Iroldo, Adelaide, Ottone) 1:58£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 14: Duet: Mi dai corona e vita (Adelaide, Ottone) 2:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 14: Duet: Vieni al tempio, ah! (Ottone, Adelaide) 2:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 14: Duet: Tu che i puri e casti affetti (Ottone, Adelaide) 3:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 15: Finale: Schiudi le porte al tempio (Chorus, Adelberto, Berengario) - Scene 16: Ecce Adelaide e Ottone ? (Adelberto, Berengario, Chorus) 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 16: Finale: O degli'itali regnanti (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario) 4:27£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 16: Finale: Quale improvviso strepito! (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario) - Scene 17: Signor, tu sei tradito (Ernesto, Adelberto, Ottone)0:51£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen34. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act I Scene 17: Finale: Giunto e alfin di vendetta l'istante (Adelberto, Berengario, Ottone) 2:40£0.59  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 1: Introduction: Come l'aquila che piomba (Chorus) 1:39£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 2: Recitative: Vincemmo, o madre (Adelberto, Eurice) - Scene 3: Torno, Adelaide, e torno (Adelberto, Adelaide) 2:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 3: Duet: Dell tua patria ai voti (Adelberto, Adelaide) 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 3: Duet: Oh rossore! (Adelberto, Adelaide) 1:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 4: Duet: Ah! signor, perduti siamo (Chorus, Adelaide, Adelberto)0:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 4: Duet: Quella gioia che in fronte ti brilla (Adelberto, Adelaide) 1:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 5: Recitative and Duet: Vederti in pianto e non poterti mai (Iroldo)0:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 6: Recitative and Duet: Lasciami: invan mi preghi ? (Adelberto, Eurice)0:52£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 6: Recitative and Duet: Si, si, mi svena nel tuo furore (Eurice) 2:16£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 7: Recitative and Duet: Fermati ? Non m'ascolta (Adelberto)0:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 7: Scene and Aria: Berengario e nel periglio (Chorus, Adelberto)0:50£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 7: Scene and Aria: Grida, o natura, e desta (Adelberto, Chorus) 4:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scenes 8-12: Recitative: Vieni: alla mia nemica (Eurice, Irolde, Ernesto, Ottone, Berengario, Adelberto, Adelaide) 3:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 12: Quartet: Adelaide! ? oh ciel! che vedo? (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario) 1:42£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 12: Quartet: Parti. Alle chiuse mura (Ottone, Adelberto, Berengario, Adelaide) 4:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scenes 13-16: Recitative: Compagni, a voi fidata (Ernesto, Iroldo, Ottone, Adelaide) 2:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 16: Scene: Ah! vanne ? Addio ? (Adelaide) 1:14£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 16: Aria: Cingi la benda candida (Adelaide, Ottone) 3:03£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 16: Scene and Aria: Se grate son le lagrime (Adelaide, Chorus) 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 16: Scene and Aria: Temer un danno (Adelaide, Chorus) 3:23£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 17: Serti intrecciar le vergini (Chorus) - Scene the Last: Questi, che a me presenta (Ottone) 3:06£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 17: Vieni: tuo sposo e amante (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario, Chorus) 2:49£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 17: Al trono tuo primiero (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario)0:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Adelaide di Borgogna: Act II Scene 17: D'Imene il talamo (Ottone, Adelaide, Adelberto, Berengario, Chorus) 3:22£0.59  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Opéra 2 actes / Majella Cullagh (Adélaïde), Bruce Ford (Adelberto), Jennifer Larmore, Mirco Palazzi - Scottish Chamber Orchestra & Chorus, dir. Giuliano Carella

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sparks fly here 28 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
After having the Alberto Zedda recording for years (LP in this instance), I was somewhat apprehensive about switching my allegiance to the Giuliano Carella recording. After all I have loved the Zedda recording for many years. But putting my best foot forward I decided to opt for the Opera Rara recording to replace my worn out LP's.

It was a very rewarding experience to hear the beautiful music once again, and the singers must be applauded for their fine adherence to the music. I could not fault anything in this recording: Majella Cullagh, Jennifer Larmore and Bruce Ford are in fine form here, if not at their best! But special mention needs to be made of Mirco Palazzi, he is a fine young bass, who we must see more of in this country. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Giuliano Carella play superbly, and I think met exactly what Rossini intended - not that I am any expert on the matter.

I would highly recommend this recording, and I am glad I chose this over the Zedda recording, as I believe it has the edge - if only for the fantastic booklet that Opera Rara always supply.

We now have two fantastic recordings of a very rare Rossini opera. A big congratulations all around.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  4 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera Rara Rocks! 3 Mar 2007
By Paul Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Everyday is like Christmas with Opera Rara around!

Yet another great recording (and a live one) with Opera Rara faves Jennifer Larmore, Majella Cullagh and Bruce Ford. The Divine Larmore gives her many fans what they expect. (Why is this mezzo not singing in the States?)

The real treat for me is the duet in Act I with Ottone (Larmore) and Adelaide (Cullagh)...Wow...This is what great Rossini singing is all about. The pure sound and rockin' bel canto singing is to die for. These gals sure got it. Thank you.

As for the opera? Good? Bad? Who cares...It's Rossini done brilliantly.

Why are there no record labels like Opera Rara done out of the United States?? Huh?
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mixed-bag Rossini given a stunning perrmance 22 July 2008
By John Cragg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
When it was first put on, this opera was a resounding flop. It has some very, very good Rossini -- the sort that shone brilliantly in the lighter operas -- some very routine Rossini, some borrowed Rossini and some material composed by another (very minor ) composer. The libretto is not great -- and was a bit butchered by Rossini -- though Jeremy Commons rather quixotically spends much of his essay in the booklet defending it. As is all too common with Rossini, the music does not exactly complement what is going on in the libretto. This is a minor problem outside a staged production, since one does not have to follow the libretto closely and in any case Rossini's esthetic and own bel-canto style regularly loses the sense of the words completely in the glorious music. And glorious much of it is. The choral writing is usually rich -- for Rossini -- and Rossini's writing for the main soprano, contralto and tenor is always good, sometimes inspired and sometimes only standard or typical (or borrowed) Rossini.

The performance here is outstanding. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Chorus perform with conviction and energy, ably conducted by Giuliano Carella. Majella Cullagh in the title role turns in some outstanding bravura singing, though she seems to have had to sing herself into the part, and especially near the beginning produced some very harsh tones. Jennifer Larmore, in a trouser role that probably would be very unconvincing in the theatre no matter who is the diva, sings with great beauty and supurb technique, handling the bravura passages with great elan. Bruce Ford, playing a villain though you would not guess it from the music alone, is in as good voice and confident technique as I have ever heard him -- and Bruce Ford at his best is very very worth hearing. Mirco Palazzi rounds out the principal singers and turns in a most creditable job. All in all, this is the best Adelaide di Borgogna we are likely to get any time soon, and while I would not travel far to see the opera if it should be staged again, I shall certainly be listening to this recording repeatedly.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rossini em Opera Rara 11 Dec 2011
By Jose Rubens Rezek - Published on Amazon.com
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Esperava dar uma estrela a menos neste "review", por se tratar de uma gravação ao vivo, já que prefiro as de estúdio. Mas mudei de ideia ao ouvir a íntegra da ópera. A intervenção do público é bastante discreta, e a qualidade técnica, altamente satisfatória. Som bem límpido e claro. A performance se sobressai pelo nível dos artistas e da orquestra, com alguns cortes no libretto. Majella Cullagh e Jennifer Larmore estão esplêndidas nos respectivos papéis, repetindo o espetáculo de "Bianca e Falliero" (Opera Rara Rossini - Bianca e Falliero / Larmore · Cullagh · Banks · D'Arcangelo · LPO · Parry (Complete Opera)). Larmore enfrenta com competência a Cavatina "Soffri la tua sventura", às vezes carecendo de um pouco de agilidade, principalmente na "stretta" Amica speme. No entanto, o resultado é excelente, mesmo assim. Cullagh está mais convincente em seu último número "Cingi la benda candida - Se grate son le lagrime - Temer un danno", quando arranca aplausos calorosos da assistência. Trata-se, na verdade, como sempre ocorre em Rossini, de um trecho, em empréstimo, de obras anteriores. Nesse caso, da cavatina da cantata juvenil "Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo", que por sua vez serviu também ao "Barbiere di Siviglia", na boca do Conte di Almaviva. O elenco masculino merece igualmente os louros dessa gravação. Bruce Ford canta Adelberto com ardor e fidelidade às notas altas rossinianas. Sua ária heróica "Grida, o natura, e desta", com intervenção coral, prepara o caminho para Arnold no Guglielmo Tell. Quanto ao baixo Mirco Palazzi, devo dizer que o ouvi pela primeira vez nesta gravação e fiquei bem impressionado. Seu timbre profundo é ressaltado pela dicção clara, limpa, numa rara combinação para o estilo do bel canto. Os tenores comprimários Ashley Catling e Mark Wilde desincumbem-se bem de seus papéis, com destaque para o timbre lírico-ligeiro do soprano Rebecca Bottone. Maestro Carella fez um bom trabalho ao coordenar a construção desse maravilhoso edifício sonoro, com música dos melhores momentos rossinianos, injustamente relegada nas montagens. Opera Rara, continue assim...
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE BEST FROM OPERA RARA 15 Jun 2007
By bel canto fan - Published on Amazon.com
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I give this performance 3 stars only due to the singing of soprano Majella Culagh. She screaches every time she gets to high notes, her voice is very sharp and unpleasant at this moments and not clear most of the time. I am surprised by applaudes she gets from audience, but it is a life performance of rare opera, so people are pleased.

As far as opera itself, it is hard to judge when you have to cover your ears everytime the star of the opera is singing. My opinion: it is average Rossini. It has a few great arias and duet, after all it is Rossini. I spend a few days watching DVD Bianco and Faliero, which is without reservations is top notch Rossini, so after that one, Adelaide is just OK.

I will look for a performance with Mariela Devia though, there was a copy from Amazon.UK available couple weeks ago, in her hands the Adelaide may still shine. To quote Opera Rara Jeremy Commons "Rossini is never without vitality, and never without musical distinction. Even in his operas of minor fame, he never stands less than a cubic taller than most of his contemporaries".

Just a short outline of plot.
The action is based on real historical persons and events of Italian history in 10th centuary. Adelaide is widow of Italian king Lottario, who is murdered by Berengario. Berengario tries to force Adelaide to marry his son Adelberto to legitimise his claim to the throne. Adelaide resists and calls for help to Otto II, Ottone in opera, German king. He arrives to rescue her, falls in love and marries her, but not before falling into various traps provided by Berengario and Adelbrando. Historically Otto II then unites Germany and Italy under one crown, thanks to Adelaide, and is crowned the Holy Roman Emperor, but that is after the opera ends.
The plot is very solid, with characters who speak and act as real people.

It is short opera, 2 discs - 77 min and 52 min. Opera Rara's booklet and packaging is per their usual standards, which is never less than excelent.
Sound is very good. Scotish Chamber Orchestra plays well. Jennifer Larmore as Ottone does great job. Bruce Ford is very competent Adelberto.
But somehow all together it is not the best.
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