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Donizetti: Maria Di Rohan (Opera Rara: ORC44) Double CD

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  • Performer: Krassimira Stoyanova, José Bros, Christopher Purves, Brindley Sherratt, Loïc Félix, et al.
  • Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Opera Rara
  • ASIN: B005SJIOL0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Disc: 1

  1. Maria Di Rohan - Various Performers

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According to the late Donizetti expert William Ashbrook, Maria di Rohan (1843) is the composers tautest, most melodramatic opera and shows him in complete control of his musico-dramatic goals. The work was first performed in Vienna, but Donizetti revised it for its Paris premiere, changing the tenor role of Armando di Gondì to mezzo-soprano. Working from the new critical edition of the score, with the period-instrument Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Mark Elder, Opera Rara has recorded the original Vienna (June 1843) two tenor version as well as some of the appendices from the Paris (November 1843) revision, including those written for the mezzo-soprano, sung here by Enkelejda Shkosa. Set during the time of Cardinal Richelieu, the opera focuses on Maria (Krassimira Stoyanova), secretly married to Riccardo, Duke of Chevreuse (José Bros), who has wounded the Cardinals nephew in a duel. In seeking assistance for his plight from Enrico, Count of Chalais (Christopher Purves), Maria finds her former love for the latter revived. The rest of the opera centres on how this intricate and explosive triangle of relationships plays out. As a handful of recent productions have demonstrated, the result shows Donizetti rightly claiming his position as one of the nineteenth-centurys greatest musical dramatists. The 2CD set, studio recording, comes with a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto with an English translation, comprehensive article and synopsis by the eminent 19th-century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.

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Mark Elder conducted a concert performance of Donizetti's opera seria set in the court of Louis XIII at London's Royal Festival Hall two years ago. This studio recording with the same cast and orchestra had been made immediately beforehand, and the dramatic tautness that was such a feature of the live event comes across vividly on disc. It's one of Donizetti's most economical scores, its mood sombre and threatening, and Elder and the period instruments of the OAE bring out all the dark tints in the scoring. The wonderfully secure soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is the conflicted heroine, with the tenor José Bros as her former lover Chalais and Christopher Purves as her husband Chevreuse, not always sounding at home in repertoire that one doesn't generally associate with this fine baritone. Elder uses the original version of the score, as performed at the premiere in Vienna in 1843, but, punctilious as ever, the Opera Rara set also includ --Guardian,17/11/11

Donizetti's taut, dark opera of stifled desire in 17th-century France is handsomely presented and performed in the 1843 Vienna version under Mark Elder. There is little wastage. Musky period brass and woodwind intensify --Tim Ashley, The Guardian (reviewing the concert performance at the Royal Festival Hall, November 2009)<

Krassimira is glorious: she captures the despair of this troubled character, especially in her 'preghiera'. Mark Elder conducts with his usual fire and exemplary attention to dynamic markings. --Gramophone,Feb'12

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With more than 20 Donizetti titles already to its credit, Opera Rara presents the premiere on disc of the original 1843 Vienna version of Maria di Rohan, one of the Swan of Bergamo's tautest and most action-packed creations. Recent performances in Wexford, Buxton and London, with this studio-recorded cast, justify OR's scholarly annotator s claim that this opera is Donizetti s most advanced , and unique in his output . The drama, a love triangle enmeshed in political intrigue under the repressive regime of Cardinal Richelieu at the court of Louis XIII, proceeds at breakneck speed indeed, the three acts take less than 100 minutes. As usual, the set is lavishly presented: Jeremy Commons's sumptuously illustrated essay and a performance history proclaim one of Donizetti's most spectacular successes, with productions all over the world almost annually until 1919. (Modern revivals date from c 1957.) Mark Elder's frisky baton keeps the dramatic momentum and emotional temperature at white heat; Krassimira Stoyanova (as Maria), Jose Bros (Chalais) a --Sunday Times,20/11/11

Krassimira Stoyanova adds another highly favourable recording to her discography. The voice is well placed, focused and crystalline, with a tang that enables it to inject a dramatic touch, yet it possesses a softer element for the intimate portions of the story. --IRR,Feb'12



Mark Elder conducted a concert performance of Donizetti's opera seria set in the court of Louis XIII at London's Royal Festival Hall two years ago. This studio recording with the same cast and orchestra had been made immediately beforehand, and the dramatic tautness that was such a feature of the live event comes across vividly on disc. It's one of Donizetti's most economical scores, its mood sombre and threatening, and Elder and the period instruments of the OAE bring out all the dark tints in the scoring. The wonderfully secure soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is the conflicted heroine, with the tenor José Bros as her former lover Chalais and Christopher Purves as her husband Chevreuse, not always sounding at home in repertoire that one doesn't generally ass --Guardian,17/11/11

Orchestral playing and choral singing are first-rate, and as with last year's Opera Rara Linda , Mark Elder is changing the way we listen to Donizetti: his approach is full blooded and it suits this work better than the its predecessor, making you think afresh about the composer's idiom. --Opera,Apr'12

Chosen as one of the Top 100 Cds of 2011 ----Sunday Times,11/12/11

Highly recommended. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Jan'12


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