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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'amore / Carreras, Ricciarelli, Scimone

Release Date: 02/02/2004 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 475442   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  José CarrerasKatia Ricciarelli
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Carreras is an affecting Nemorino, producing smooth vocal lines, and Ricciarelli is touching and truly Italianate Adina.

Prospective purchasers of L'elisir d'amore are indeed trebly fortunate—firstly, of course, because of the sheer delight to be derived from every single number of this delectable score; secondly, because of the exceptionally high standard of the competing versions; and thirdly, in having the opera accommodated on only two discs.

Comparing the considerable virtues of these two sets, I find both Carreras and Pavarotti are affecting Nemorinos—the former producing perhaps the smoother vocal line, the latter the more intense emotion and more thrilling vocal effects with his ringing head
Read more voice. Of the two Adinas, Ricciarelli is the more touching and the more truly Italianate, Sutherland the more serious in her interpretation and, for all the lack of clarity of her verbal enunciation, producing the more spectacular tone. Both the Belcores are bouncy, full of verve and fun, but Cossa for Decca is notable for being more youthful sounding and virile than is often the case and thus more credibly attractive to the ladies. Trimarchi for Philips displays first-rate buffo skill as Dulcamara, but Malas for Decca probably gets the more fun out of the part and has the richer bass voice.

Both conductors pace the work superbly, with Bonynge a little the more romantically indulgent. He prefers a harpsichord for the recitativo secco where Scimone has a fortepiano, and Bonynge also opens up all the traditional cuts and gives an unusually full version—the more so for including an extra aria (apparently not by Donizetti) for Sutherland in Act 2. Both orchestras and choruses are admirably fullblooded. I found the sound of the new Philips—digital in origin—just that bit more natural, but the Decca is none the less extremely impressive... I think that the Philips scores for being the more authentically Italianate, the Decca for being the more individual and more thrilling. Either way the choice is a happy one to have to make.

-- A.M.L., Gramophone [6/1986, comparing this recording to Decca 000624702]

Please note: this set does not contain a libretto. Read less

Works on This Recording

L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 

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