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Donizetti: L'elisir D'amore / Pritchard, Cotrubas, Domingo

Release Date: 10/18/2005 
Label:  Sony Classical Masterworks Catalog #: 96458   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ileana CotrubasPlacido DomingoIngvar WixellSir Geraint Evans,   ... 
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
This is a DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording

This 1977 performance boasts the finest Dulcamara on disc--Geraint Evans--in a performance both unique in its lack of buffo bluster and in its remarkable "face"; you can practically see him in his asides, and he's a wonderful rascal. Ingvar Wixell's Belcore, though a bit dry of tone, is just as good, with his perfect diction clearly part of the character's self-adoration. I wish Ileana Cotrubas' Adina were just a bit more charming. She's good in the first act but seems to lose interest in the second, and her sound is not the most caressing. Domingo, you might argue,
Read more has too generous a voice for the part, but this is only felt in the big aria, where he simply never sounds vulnerable enough; elsewhere his artistry and energy keep us interested, and he's fine in every duet. John Pritchard's leadership is totally idiomatic and perky, and he makes as much of the broader moments as he does of the sweet ones. This set belongs close to the top of the list.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ingvar Wixell (Baritone),
Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone), Lillian Watson (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  EMI Studios, London 
Length: 124 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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