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Celebrating 40 Years - Then And Now

Celebrating 40 Years: Then & Now / Various
Release Date: 07/13/2010 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniGaetano DonizettiSaverio MercadanteGiovanni Pacini,   ... 
Performer:  William MatteuzziPaul NilonDella JonesJennifer Rhys-Davies,   ... 
Conductor:  David ParryAlun FrancisJames JuddMaurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsPhilharmonia OrchestraGeoffrey Mitchell Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The disc, featuring some of Opera Rara's finest singers, is dedicated to Sir Peter Moores and the Peter Moores Foundation in recognition of their invaluable support over the years. Since its foundation four decades ago, Opera Rara has enriched the lives of generations of opera lovers and has altered perceptions through its dedication to exploring and reviving rare works from the Italian bel canto period and from the middle decades of the 19th-century French tradition. By far the majority of Opera Rara recordings have been world premiere recordings. In many cases, the work itself will have been rediscovered by Opera Rara after decades (and, in some cases, more than a century) of total neglect. Reviving such works requires patient and expert Read more musicological endeavour to ensure that all sources are collated and compared, so that the best possible edition can be assembled, rehearsed and recorded. This compilation features excerpts from the works of the most significant composers who are at the centre of Opera Rara's output: Donizetti, Rossini, Mercadante, Meyerbeer, Pacini and Offenbach. The excerpts are taken from the first Opera Rara recording by each composer and from the most recent. Opera Rara have tried to shine the spotlight on as many as possible of the greatest stars who have recorded for us over the years. This is a fascinating and delightful survey of the richness that is Opera Rara. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ricciardo e Zoraide: S'ella m' è ognor fedele...Qual sarà mai la gioia by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor), Paul Nilon (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
2.
Ugo, conte di Parigi: Provo mi dai, lo sento by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
3.
Orazi e Curiazi: Qual prece o voto, formar portremo?...Di quai soavi palpiti by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Soprano), Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Classical 
4.
Maria, regina d'Inghilterra: M'amo' qual aman gli angeli by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
5.
Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": O puissante magie! Ivresse de mes sens! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Christian Du Plessis (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
6.
Margherita d'Anjou: Che mai giova il serto?...Incerto palpito by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Annick Massis (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
7.
Virginia: Sulle materne ceneri by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Susan Patterson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Maurizio Benini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Classical 
8.
Alessandro nelle Indie: Se possono tanto due luci vezzose by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
9.
Parisina d'Este: Forse, un destin che intendere dato ai celesti e solo…Qual suon by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Carmen Giannattasio (Soprano), Ann [Mezzo Soprano] Taylor (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
10.
Ermione: Reggia abborita...Ah! come nascondere by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Bulent Bezduz (Tenor), Colin Lee (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
11.
Vert-Vert: Faut-il en faire le sermen by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Thora Einarsdottir (Soprano), Toby Spence (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
12.
Robinson Crusoé: Conduisez-moi vers celui qui j'adore by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Marilyn Hill Smith (Soprano), Alan Opie (Baritone), Sandra Browne (Mezzo Soprano),
Alexander Oliver (Tenor), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alun Francis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Paris, France 

Sound Samples

Ricciardo e Zoraide: Act I: Aria: S'ella mi e ognor fedele - Qual sara mai la gioja
Ugo conte di Parigi: Act II: Part III: Scene and Aria: Prova mi dai, lo sento
Orazi e Curiazi: Act I: Aria: Qual prece o voto, formar portremo? - Di quai soavi palpiti
Maria, regina d'Inghilterra: Act III: Aria: M'amo' qual aman gli angeli
Dinorah, "Le pardon de Ploermel" (Sung in French): Dinorah, "Le pardon de Ploermel", Act I: O puissante magie! Ivresse de mes sens!
Margherita d'Anjou: Act II: Aria: Che mai giova il serto? - Incerto palpito
Virginia: Act III: Sulle materne ceneri
Alessandro nelle Indie: Act I: Aria: Se possono tanto due luci vezzose
Parisina: Act I: Scene and Cavatina: Forse, un destin che intendere dato ai celesti e solo...Qual suon
Ermione: Act II: Reggia Abborita... Ah come nascondere
Vert-vert: Act III: Duet: Faut-il en faire le serment
Robinson Crusoe: Act II: Waltz Song: Take me away to the one I adore

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