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Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 233   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniGiacomo MeyerbeerSaverio MercadanteGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Majella CullaghJennifer LarmoreAlexander OliverDeborah Cook,   ... 
Conductor:  David ParryJames JuddGiuliano CarellaJohn Matheson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The expression ‘vocal teamwork’ would simply not have been understood in the 1800’s – yet the development of the operatic form in the 19th century was to a large part dependent on the increasing sophistication of vocal technique and operatic ensemble writing. And ensembles mean teamwork. With the mastering of the ensemble form a number of things happen. We see it being used to advance plot and witness therefore the gradual disappearance of the recitative. But the most significant contribution of the ensemble was the opportunity it afforded composers to convey the simultaneous and differing emotions of the protagonists. We have here many different kinds of ensemble, starting with the elaborate formality of the duet from Rossini’s Bianca e Read more Falliero, and concluding with the emotionally charged nonet from Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais. Between these is a specially chosen selection of pieces, which shows that this was indeed the great century of ensemble writing. We hope we have been able to convey some of that greatness by offering you these beautiful examples from Opera Rara’s acclaimed recordings. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Bianca e Falliero: Va' crudel by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
2. Le pardon de Ploërmel "Dinorah": Il faut se hâter by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Alexander Oliver (Tenor), Deborah Cook (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
3. L'esule di Granata: Cara, il soave istante by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Mirco Palazzi (Bass), Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano), Laura Claycomb (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1821 
4. Emma d'Antiochia: Cielo! sei tu che il vindice by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano), Roberto Servile (Baritone), Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
5. Ricciardo e Zoraide: Cessi omai quel tuo rigore by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor), Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano), Paul Nilon (Tenor),
Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
6. Macbeth: Sangue a me quell'ombra chiede by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Peter Glossop (Baritone), Kenneth Collins (Tenor), Ludmilla Andrew (Soprano),
Rita Hunter (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Matheson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
7. Medea in Corinto: Ah! se manco a te di fede by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Raúl Giménez (Tenor), Jane Eaglen (Soprano), Bruce Ford (Tenor),
Alastair Miles (Bass), Yvonne Kenny (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
8. Margherita d'Anjou: Oh rabbia! oh furore! by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano), Alastair Miles (Bass), Annick Massis (Soprano),
Bruce Ford (Tenor), Paul Putnins (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820/1826; Milan, Italy 
9. Gli sposi in cimento: Siamo marito e moglie by Luigi Mosca
Performer:  Beryl Korman (Soprano), Russel Smythe (Baritone), Roderick Earle (Bass),
Kevin John (Tenor), Sandra Dugdale (Soprano), Alexandra Mercer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1800; Italy 
10. Gianni di Calais: Tu in grembo all' innocenza by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Rockwell Blake (Tenor), Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Sara Fulgoni (Mezzo Soprano),
Garry Magee (Baritone), Dominic Natoli (Tenor), Antonia Sotgiù (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 
11. Agnese: Se la smarrita agnella by Ferdinando Paër
Performer:  Beryl Korman (Soprano), Kevin John (Tenor), Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano),
Russel Smythe (Baritone), Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), Robin Leggate (Tenor),
Alexandra Mercer (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1809; Italy 
12. Guillaume Tell: Viva Vallace by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Garry Magee (Baritone), Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano), Barry Banks (Tenor),
Patrizia Biccire (Soprano), Antonia Sotgiù (Mezzo Soprano), Simon Bailey (Bass),
Dean Robinson (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
13. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia: Terribil momento by Carlo Coccia
Performer:  Alastair Miles (Bass), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Mark Glanville (Bass),
Clive Bayley (Bass), Bronwen Mills (Soprano), Paul Nilon (Tenor),
Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Soprano), Anne Mason (Soprano), Ivan Sharpe (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; London, England 
14. L'Assedio di Calais: Raddoppia i baci tuoi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Ian Platt (Baritone), Paul Nilon (Tenor), Nuccia Focile (Soprano),
Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Mark Glanville (Bass),
Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), Rico Serbo (Tenor), Russel Smythe (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Italy 

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