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Tyrants And Lovers / Parry, Miricioiu, Larmore, Ford, Et Al


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Opera Rara   Catalog #: 221   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giovanni Simone MayrGaetano DonizettiDaniel-François AuberGiovanni Pacini,   ... 
Performer:  Eiddwen HarrhyBruce FordMajella CullaghPaul Austin Kelly,   ... 
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the FieldsGeoffrey Mitchell Choir,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Much of the material on this well-packed CD has been culled from previously released Opera Rara recordings; the new selections are scenes from Donizetti's Buondelmonte and Torquato Tasso and from Balfe's Falstaff. Along the way we get a fantastic Jennifer Larmore as Falliero--fluid, manly, and with a fine sense of drama; William Matteuzzi crooning a lullaby from La muette de Portici; Rossini's Desdemona sung with suitable desperation by Elizabeth Futral; a villainous Rockwell Blake leading a quartet from Pia de' Tolomei that includes Nelly Miricioiu, Garry Magee, and Sara Fulgoni; an equally villainous Bruce Ford, with a big, handsome tone and ideal Donizettian style in a quartet from Zoraida di Granata, and more--all of which are up to Read more Opera Rara's usual high standards, both vocally and orchestrally (and chorally, when required).

The new material is equally interesting. Buondelmonte is an opera Donizetti had to present when the censors made him drop Maria Stuarda. The quartet we get here is Maria's final prayer, with a new recitative and, of course, new words. It's an oath-swearing ensemble with male chorus and it's fascinating. The trio from Balfe's Falstaff (his only Italian opera, though composed for an English theatre) is the familiar scene where the women are comparing the note Falstaff has sent to them. It's a delightful piece, and perhaps the whole opera is worth hearing. Finally, the tenor aria from Torquato Tasso is interesting as well--Tasso has been recorded complete (it was available on Bongoivanni) and it's a very good work. Accompanying notes are informative; no texts or translations. If you love the music of the first half of the 19th century, well-performed, this is for you. The sound quality varies--it's always acceptable, but occasionally it blares.
--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. L'amor coniugale: Sì, ne profitterò...Rendi il consorte by Giovanni Simone Mayr
Performer:  Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1805; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection omits "Sì, ne profitterò." 
2. Zoraida di Granata: Ah mie furie! Oh avverso fato! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor), Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor),
Matthew Hargreaves (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1822; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Pia de' Tolomei: Ahimé! quell' anelito il core mi gela by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano), Rockwell Blake (Tenor), Garry Magee (Baritone),
Sara Fulgoni (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. La muette de Portici: Ferme tes yeux by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "Du pauvre seul ami fidèle." 
5. La muette de Portici: Du pauvre seul ami fidèle by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  William Matteuzzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares track and timing with "Ferme tes yeux." 
6. Buondelmonte: Mosca! Che disse?...Se in me dileguisi by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Christian Du Plessis (Baritone), Rico Serbo (Tenor), Mark Glanville (Bass),
Ian Platt (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1834; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Maria, Regina d'Inghilterra: Con quel dir, con quell'aspetto ...Va, fido alla tua regina by Giovanni Pacini
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor), Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Rosmonda d'Inghilterra: Io non ti posso offrir...Ritorna a splendere by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Orazi e Curiazi: La mia prece by Saverio Mercadante
Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Falstaff: Vorrei parlar, ma l'ira by Michael Balfe
Performer:  Elena Monti (Soprano), Elisabetta Scano (Soprano), Adriana Cicogna (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1838; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Torquato Tasso: Ah! non invan t'aspetto...Quel tuo sorriso by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Bruce Ford (Tenor)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Bianca e Falliero: Tu non sai quai colpo atroce by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. Otello: Che smania! ahimè! che affanno..L'error d'un infelice by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Elizabeth Futral (Soprano), Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Bass)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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