WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore highlights / Alagna, Gheorghiu


Release Date: 08/18/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 466064  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto AlagnaAngela GheorghiuRoberto ScaltritiSimone Alaimo
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 business days.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is not a dull moment in this, the most enchanting of Donizetti's comedies. Alagna's Nemorino is irresistible, and Gheorghiu's Adina is strongly characterized and beautifully sung.

From the opening bars of its high-spirited prelude to the end of its equally happy finale, there is not a dull moment in this, the most enchanting of Donizetti's comedies. It is a work that has been fortunate in its recordings over the years, and this new release with its predominantly youthful cast is a delight. L'elisir is really a tenor's opera, and its great moment of pure sentiment comes with Nemorino's Act II aria, 'Una furtiva lagrima', in which he expresses his love and his newly found conviction that he is loved in return.
Read more Roberto Alagna, in his second recording of the role, is an irresistible lovesick young swain, giving the aria more pace and urgency than one usually hears, and decorating its second stanza most originally.

Angela Gheorghiu's Adina is strongly characterised, beautifully sung and especially moving in the duet 'Prendi, per me sei libero', when she attempts to give Nemorino his freedom. Roberto Scaltriti is a thoroughly engaging Sergeant Belcore, from his charming opening cavatina to his brisk exit after being defeated in love, and Simone Alaimo makes the most of his many opportunities as the itinerant quack Dr Dulcamara. Evelino Pidd extracts playing that is both exuberant and graceful from the orchestra of the Lyon National Opera.

-- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing this recording of the complete opera, Decca 455691]

Includes texts in Italian and English.
Read less

Works on This Recording

1. L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto è bella! Quanto è cara! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
2. L'Elisir d'Amore: Benedette queste carte! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
3. L'Elisir d'Amore: Or se m'ami by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Scaltriti (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
4. L'Elisir d'Amore: Chiedi all' aura lusinghiera by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
5. L'Elisir d'Amore: O voi matrone rigide by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Simone Alaimo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
6. L'Elisir d'amore: Voglio dire...lo stupendo elisir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
7. L'Elisir d'Amore: Esulti pur la barbara by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
8. L'Elisir d'Amore: Adina credimi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
9. L'Elisir d'Amore: Barcaruola a due voci by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Simone Alaimo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
10. L'Elisir d'Amore: Ai perigli della guerra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
11. L'Elisir d'Amore: Dell'elisir mirabile by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
12. L'Elisir d'Amore: Io già m'immagino by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
13. L'Elisir d'Amore: Quanto amore...Una tenera occhiatina by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
14. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
15. L'Elisir d'Amore: Prendi, per me sei libero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
16. L'Elisir d'Amore: Ei corregge ogni difetto by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Simone Alaimo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook