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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore / Levine, Battle, Pavarotti

Release Date: 11/10/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 429744   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dawn UpshawEnzo DaraLeo NucciLuciano Pavarotti,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This studio recording was made in 1989 coinciding with a memorable production from the Metropolitan Opera, later captured on DVD. It's a delightful performance, and a wonderful highlight of Pavarotti's later career. Kathleen Battle's sparkling soprano is a brilliant accompaniment to Pavarotti's still-ringing tone.

"Pavarotti's voice was still beautiful and pliable, his phrasing exquisite. And he loved the role of Nemorino and always seemed happy with both its comedy and pathos--he steals every scene he's in, and no one minds...Kathleen Battle sings Adina with perfect, pearl-like tone, absolute fluency and commitment, and a trill to die for...Enzo
Read more Dara is an ideal Dulcamara, just the right combination of huckster and sentimentalist, with ease in every register and with fast music."
-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com (review of DVD release)
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Works on This Recording

L'Elisir d'Amore by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Dawn Upshaw (Soprano), Enzo Dara (Bass), Leo Nucci (Baritone),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Kathleen Battle (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

L'elisir d'amore: Overture (Preludio)
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Bel conforto"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Quanto è bella"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Benedette queste carte!"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: Marziale
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Come Paride vezzoso"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Una parola, Adina"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Che vuol dire codesta suonata?"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Udite, udite, o rustici"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una tenera occhiatina"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Ardir! Ha forse il cielo"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Eccola!"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Voglio dire, lo stupendo...Va mortale fortunato
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Prendi; per me sei libero"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Caro elisir! Sei mio!"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: Alto! Fronte!
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Lallarallara"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Tran, tran, tran, tran - In guerra ed in amor"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Ei corregge ogni difetto"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Signor sargente"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Adina credimi"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Andiam, Belcore"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: Introduzione - "Cantiamo, cantiam" - "Poichè cantarvi alletta"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Poichè, cantar vi alletta"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Io son ricco e tu sei bella"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "La donna è un animale"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Qua la mano, giovinotto"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Saria possibile?"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Dell'elisir mirabile" - "E bellissima"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Come sen va contento"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: Quanto amore! Ed io spietata!

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