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Mercadante: I Briganti / Fogliani, Ironov, Ivanova, Prato, Mironov


Release Date: 07/08/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 660343   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Bruno PraticòMaxim MironovVittorio PratoPetya Ivanova,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonino Fogliani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi BrunensisPoznan Camerata Bach Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A highly regarded composer in his day and considered the equal of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, Saverio Mercadante pioneered the transformation of bel canto opera into real music drama. He wrote the operatic tragedy I Briganti (The Brigands) not only to prove himself to the Parisian public but as a direct challenge to Bellini’s I puritani, premièred the previous year. Mercadante’s individual style of canto fiorito and distinctive theatricality demonstrate that opera need not be a mere succession of virtuoso vocal arias, and it paved the way for Verdi’s later dramas. Prepared from a new critical edition, this production was described as ‘outstanding’ by The New York Times. A highly regarded composer in his day and considered the equal of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, Saverio Mercadante pioneered the transformation of bel canto opera into real music drama. He wrote the operatic tragedy I Briganti (The Brigands) not only to prove himself to the Parisian public but as a direct challenge to Bellini’s I puritani, premièred the previous year. Mercadante’s individual style of canto fiorito and distinctive theatricality demonstrate that opera need not be a mere succession of virtuoso vocal arias, and it paved the way for Verdi’s later dramas. Prepared from a new critical edition, this production was described as ‘outstanding’ by The New York Times. Read less

Works on This Recording

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I Briganti by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Bruno Praticò (Baritone), Maxim Mironov (Tenor), Vittorio Prato (Baritone),
Petya Ivanova (Soprano), Atanas Mladenov (Baritone), Rosita Fiocco (Mezzo Soprano),
Jesus Ayllon (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Fogliani
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Brunensis,  Poznan Camerata Bach Choir

Sound Samples

I Briganti: Part I: Introduzione: Le gramaglie, i funebri doppieri (Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Perche non posso (Corrado)
I Briganti: Part I: Ove a me rivolgi un guardo (Corrado, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Per lei che mi sprezza (Corrado, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Come un etereo spirto dileguasi (Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Cavatina: Tu piangi? (Teresa, Amelia, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Ah! tu m'ami (Amelia, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part I: Ite, vani ornamenti (Amelia, Corrado)
I Briganti: Part I: Se per te non ha diletto (Corrado, Amelia)
I Briganti: Part I: Duetto: Perche di pianti (Amelia, Corrado)
I Briganti: Part I: Finale: Scena: Prode garzone (Ermano, Rollero)
I Briganti: Part I: Cavatina: Questi due verdi salici (Ermano)
I Briganti: Part I: Romanza: Qual soave armonia! (Ermano, Amelia, Rollero)
I Briganti: Part I: Coro religioso: Tutto quaggiu si solve (Amelia, Chorus, Ermano)
I Briganti: Part I: Come turbar poss'io (Ermano, Amelia)
I Briganti: Part I: Sempre ripete mi / No, no, non crederlo (Ermano, Amelia)
I Briganti: Part I: Erman (Rollero, Amelia, Ermano, Corrado, Teresa)
I Briganti: Part I: Incerto, che penso? (Ermano, Corrado, Amelia, Chorus, Rollero, Teresa)
I Briganti: Part I: Scopri alfin il tuo disegno (Chorus, Tutti)
I Briganti: Part II: Coro e Tempesta: Accorrete (Chorus)
I Briganti: Part II: Scena ed Orgia: Giunge Ermano (Chorus, Ermano)
I Briganti: Part II: Scena e Preghiera: Ermano, ove sei tu? (Ermano)
I Briganti: Part II: Qual gemito! (Ermano, Conte, Solitario)
I Briganti: Part II: Chi mi sveglia dal mio sepolcro? (Conte, Ermano)
I Briganti: Part II: Duetto: Deh, risparmia ch'io racconti (Conte, Ermanno)
I Briganti: Part II: Io si, che un figlio avea (Conte, Ermanno)
I Briganti: Part II: Tu lo conosci? (Conte, Ermanno)
I Briganti: Part II: Stretta finale: All'armi! (Chorus, Conte, Ermano)
I Briganti: Part III: Coro: Notte, il silenzio doppia (Chorus)
I Briganti: Part III: Tutto riposa (Corrado)
I Briganti: Part III: Ah! no: vivi e spargi un fiore (Corrado, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part III: Preghiera: Dove corre quell'empio? (Amelia)
I Briganti: Part III: Ciel! del mio prode Ermano (Amelia)
I Briganti: Part III: Amelia, esulta (Chorus, Amelia)
I Briganti: Part III: Finale: Giunge alcun (Amelia, Chorus, Conte, Tutti, Ermano)
I Briganti: Part III: Cosi serbi il giuramento (Conte, Ermano, Amelia)
I Briganti: Part III: Sul mio fronte (Ermano, Amelia, Conte, Chorus)
I Briganti: Part III: Deh! non scemar con lagrime (Ermano, Amelia, Conte, Chorus)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Looks ahead to Verdi July 31, 2014 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Saverio Mercandante has been characterized as the bridge between Rossini and Verdi -- and I Briganti demonstrates why. Completed in 1836, "I Briganti" was written partially in response to Bellini's "I Puritani." This bel canto opera eschews self-contained arias for music that is more fully integrated into the drama. At the same time, it provides plenty of opportunities for singers to show what they're made of -- as is the case in this performance. This world premier recordings captures the 2012 Rossini in Wildsad Festival production, with all pros and cons of live recording. The pros include the singing of the three principals, tenor Maxim Mironov (Ermano), baritone Vittorio Prato (Corrado), and soprano Petya Ivanova (Amelia). All three sing with confidence and energy, producing warm, rounded tones. The cons include some occasional pitch problems in the chorus, and the overall recorded sound. The sound stage seems a little cramped, and the music sounded to my ears somewhat soft around the edges. Nevertheless, Mercandante's music works its magic and I soon forgot my quibbles with the recording. Highly recommended for lovers of Italian opera. And if you can, listen to I Briganti and then Verdi's "I Masnadieri," a setting of the same story. Mercandante's opera compares quite favorably, particularly in dramatic structure and pacing." Report Abuse
 The outstanding but unknown Mercadante July 24, 2014 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews "Saverio Mercadante a contemporary of Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi was a most popular opera composer in his day. Sadly, he would be eclipsed by these others. Yet his music is of the highest quality and at times you think that you are listening to a Verdi opera! He influenced Verdi. HIs flute and clarinet concertos are among the most beautiful. His religious works are outstanding. But he is not alone in being forgotten. There are so many fine composers who once popular are now in sharp decline. Neglect is the better adjective. ArchivMusic provides the magnificent opportunity to learn about these composers and their works and as well about the lesser or unknown works of some of the presently most highly regarded composers!" Report Abuse
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