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Donizetti: La Favorita / Questa, Barbieri, Tagliabue, Raimondi

Release Date: 09/10/2013 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1494   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gianni RaimondiCarlo TagliabueFedora BarbieriGiulio Neri
Conductor:  Angelo Questa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once said, “the opera La Favorita is all beautiful; the last act — every note a masterpiece.” Perhaps even more impressive, however, was the verdict of Richard Wagner, who dismissed most Italian operas; nevertheless he asserted that in Favorita, “there is greater skill, and a dignity you would seek in vain in the other countless works of the inexhaustible maestro” — referring to Donizetti’s amazing fecundity, often resulting in two or three new operas per year. In La Favorita, a young monk leaves his order to pursue the beautiful Leonora, unaware that she is the secret “favorite” (mistress) of King Alfonso XI of Spain. When he finds out he angrily rejects her, but at the end they are reconciled, and she Read more dies in his arms. Read less

Works on This Recording

La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gianni Raimondi (Tenor), Carlo Tagliabue (Baritone), Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano),
Giulio Neri (Bass)
Conductor:  Angelo Questa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Act One: Overture
Act One: Bell'alba foriera
Act One: Quegli accenti odi tu
Act One: Una vergine un angel di Dio
Act One: E fia vero?
Act One: Bei raggi lucenti
Act One: Silenzio!...Dolce zeffiro
Act One: Messaggera gentil
Act One: Ah mio ben, un Dio t'invia
Act One: Crudo il fato
Act Two: Giardini dell'Alcázar
Act Two: Vien Leonora a' piedi tuoi
Act Two: De' nemici tuoi lo sdegno
Act Two: Per la festa previeni...
Act Two: Quando le soglie paterne varcai
Act Two: Ah, Sire
Act Two: Ah paventa del furor
Act Two: Voi tutti che mi udite
Act Two: Ah! Che diss'egli!
Act Two: Si, d'un Nume terribile, irato
Act Three: A lei presso alfiri
Act Three: A tanto amor, Leonora
Act Three: Fia dunque vero... O mio Fernando
Act Three: Su crudeli... Scritto è il cielo
Act Three: Di già nella cappella
Act Three: Ah, che da tanta gioia
Act Three: Oh viltade...
Act Three: Per me del ciel
Act Three: Oh ciel, di quest'alma
Act Three: Orsù Fernando, ascoltami
Act Three: Grazia, o Sire
Act Four: Compagni, andiamo
Act Four: Splendono più belle
Act Four: Figlio diletto
Act Four: Favorita del re! Spirto gentil
Act Four: Figlio, deh vien!
Act Four: Ah, va, t'invola
Act Four: Addio, fuggire mi lascia
Act Four: Vieni, ah vien

Customer Reviews

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 Historic and Excellent ! January 6, 2016 By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "This historic performance from 1955 is very well recorded. The sound is excellent all the way through with the voices vibrant and clear and the orchestra in good balance with the singers. The cast is superb and in wonderful voice which is why this is such a great performance of La Favorita. Fedora Barbieri and Gianni Raimondi head an excellent cast all of whom portray their roles with great vigor and interpretation. As you listen one wonders why this opera of Donizetti is not performed more often; for I find it exciting and full of great melodies in every aria, duet and ensemble." Report Abuse
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