Paventa Insano - Pacini, Mercadante / Parry, Cullagh, Et Al

Release Date: 5/9/2006
Label: Opera Rara
Catalog Number: 236
Conductor: David Parry
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Venture beyond the four greatest names in the operatic firmament of early 19th century Italy - delve beyond Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi - and the next two composers to come to our attention will always be Mercandante and Pacini. And more often than not they will be mentioned together in the same breath. Our own feeling - and indeed the 'raison d'être' behind the present recording - is that there is every good reason to link their names. They were, in the first place, very close contemporaries. Saverio Mercadante was born on 17 September 1795, and Giovanni Pacini on 17 February 1795 - a difference of only five months. Both enjoyed long careers in the theatre in an age when composers were expected to churn out operas one after another. Pacini composed well over seventy operas (though not the 'over 100' that he himself claimed); Mercadante was harldy less productive, and has something like sixty titles to his credit. Yet both composers, though they may have begun as imitators of Rossini, in mid-career managed to break free and develop recognizable musical personalities of their own - styles in which they were albe to pursue the depiction of the passions in ways that were increasingly unique to them. They enriched the harmonic language and the orchestration of their day and anticipated the innovations of Verdi. Six remarkable trios are the dominant feature of this album. Mercadante and Pacini excel in this operatic form through the strength and beauty of their vocal writing, which at the same time allows us to understand the conflicting emotions of the characters. Both the intimate terzetto from Pacini's 'Cesare in Egitto' and the large-scale trio, which concludes act one of Mercadante's 'Virginia' demonstrate this to perfection. As does the charming duet from Mercadante's 'Andronico' with Majella Cullagh and Laura Polverelli and the all-male quartet lead by Alan Opie and Bruce Ford from 'Leonora'. The Act 1 finale of Pacini's 'Il contestabile di Chester' completes this enthralling survey of two unjustly neglected giants of the 19th Century.
Works on This Recording
1. Il corsaro: Che intesì! è lui che adoro by Giovanni Pacini
Performer: Bruce Ford (Tenor), Annick Massis (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1831 ; Italy
2. Elena da Feltre: Parmi che alfin dimentica by Saverio Mercadante
Performer: Majella Cullagh (Soprano)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: 1837 ; Italy
3. Stella di Napoli: Addio!...La tua memoria by Giovanni Pacini
Performer: Bruce Ford (Tenor), Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1845 ; Italy
4. I normanni a Parigi: Che tento? Che spero? by Saverio Mercadante
Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano), Kenneth Tarver (Tenor), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1832 ; Italy
5. I fidanzati, ossia Il contestabile di Chester: Ah! partir il voto o ciel...Deh ramment by Giovanni Pacini
Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano), Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1829 ; Italy
6. Andronico: Nel seggio placido by Saverio Mercadante
Performer: Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Laura Polverelli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1821 ; Italy
7. Cesare in Egitto: O bel lampo lusinghiero by Giovanni Pacini
Performer: Bruce Ford (Tenor), Annick Massis (Soprano), Kenneth Tarver (Tenor)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1821 ;
8. Leonora: Tu tremi, indegno by Saverio Mercadante
Performer: Roland Wood (Bass), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Henry Waddington (Baritone), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1844 ; Italy
9. Allan Cameron: O d'un re martire, alma beata by Giovanni Pacini
Performer: Annick Massis (Soprano), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1848 ; Italy
10. Virginia: Paventa insano gli sdegni miei by Saverio Mercadante
Performer: Majella Cullagh (Soprano), Bruce Ford (Tenor), Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor: David Parry
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1866 ; Italy
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