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Donizetti: Maria Stuarda / Patané, Gruberova, Baltsa, Araiza


Release Date: 01/10/1990 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426233   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Agnes BaltsaFrancisco AraizaFrancesco Ellero d'ArtegnaSimone Alaimo,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio ChorusMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

How this opera grows in the affections. And how it strengthens the larger, ever-deepening appreciation not merely of Donizetti's work but of operatic conventions as such. I mean that the frequently derided forms of opera (the set pieces, aria-and-cabaletta and so forth) can increasingly be a source of pleasure and of perceived power in the writing. Here, for instance, part of the exhilaration arises out of the composer's skill in suiting the conventions to his dramatic and musical purposes. Elizabeth's first aria, meditatively hopeful yet anxious, fits the lyric-cantabile form; then the arrival of Talbot and Cecil with their opposing influences provokes the intensified turbulence of irresolution that makes dramatic sense out of the Read more cabaletta. It is so with the duets and ensembles: they look like conventional set-pieces, but established form and specific material have been so well fitted that, with the musical inspiration working strongly (as it is here), you have opera not in its naive stage awaiting development towards freedom from form but, on the contrary, opera at the confident height of a period in its history when it was entirely true to itself.

This is opera as opera (not 'opera as drama' or any other such silly concept), and in opera much of the drama comes through the singing. Baltsa's is a glorious voice beautifully produced; she has feeling for the music, which is enabled to communicate through delighted ears to what we call the heart. At Covent Garden the performance of Baltsa and Gruberova together in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi produced the truest, most moving evening of bel canto opera that I have known in many years. When they sing together it is an occasion, and though Gruberova's voice does not always sound completely steady in recording it is still an instrument of exceptional purity. The accomplishment at work in its usage is matched here by an imaginative and, I would say, intellectual grasp of the part—shown (to take a simple example) in the indrawing of breath as she forms the inspired notion of a prayer for her enemy. Hers is a most lovely performance throughout. Araiza also sings well especially in Act 3 (earlier there are some small points, but telling ones, where score-markings go unobserved). Alaimo as Cecil makes little impression till his duet (''duettino'') with Elizabeth, Francesco Ellero d'Artegna makes a firm-voiced dull old stick out of Talbot (which is perhaps what he is). The Munich Chorus is excellent, both musically and dramatically. Orchestral playing is fine too, and Patane's direction both spirited and flexible: rather more than the other recordings that have appeared since his death, this one serves as a worthy memorial.

-- Gramophone [4/1990]
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Works on This Recording

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Maria Stuarda by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Francesco Ellero d'Artegna (Bass),
Simone Alaimo (Baritone), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano), Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1989 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 133 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Maria Stuarda / Act 1: Prelude
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Qui si attenda"
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Sì, vuol di Francia il Rege" - "Ah, quando all'ara" - "In tal giorno di contento"
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Fra noi perchè non veggio Leicester?"
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Questa imago, questa foglio" - "Ah! rimiro il bel sembiante"
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Sei tu confuso?"
Maria Stuarda / Act 1: "Era d'amor l'immagine"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Allenta il piè, Regina"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "O nube che lieve per l'aria"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Anna! - Qui più sommessi favellate" - "Deh! vi rivedo alfin"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Ah! non m'inganna la gioia!"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Deh! Tu di un umile preghiera"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Da tutti abbandonata"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Oh colpo!..."
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Qual loco è questo?"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "D'un cor che muore reca il perdono"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "E sempre la stessa"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Deh! l'accogli" - "Morta al mondo, e morta al trono"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Giunge il Conte"
Maria Stuarda / Act 2: "Va, preparati, furente"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Ah! se un giorno"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "E pensi? e tardi?"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Quella vita a me funesta"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Regina! - A lei s'affretta il supplizio" - "Deh! per pietà sospendi"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "D'una sorella, o barbara"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "La perfida insultarmi anche volea"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Oh mio buon Talbot!" - "Delle miei colpe lo squallido
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Quando di luce rosea"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Un'altra colpa a piangere"
Maria Stuarda / Act 3: "Vedeste? - Vedemmo. Oh truce apparato!

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