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Mercadante: Virginia / Benini, Patterson, Antonucci, Clarke, Castronovo, et al

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  1. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 1: Qui Roma (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 1: Ahime! … Ahime! … (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 1: Si vegga la gioia (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 2: Cavatina: Di sozza la gioia (Appio) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 3: Cavatina: Alfin tu giungi! … (Appio) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 4: Cavatina: Al cor furente ed ebro (Appio) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 5: La, della madre (Tullia, Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 5: Cavatina: Figlia, ti scuoti (Tullia) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 5: Cavatina: Icilio, quel magnanimo (Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 7: Scene and Trio: Virginia? (Appio, Virginia, Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 7: Scene and Trio: Come! … Il ver discerno? (Appio, Virginia, Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 8: Scene and Trio: Paventa insano (Icilio, Appio, Virginia) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act I Scene 8: Scene and Trio: Calcando il mio cadavere (Icilio, Appio, Virginia) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 1: Scene and Aria: Eccomi alfin (Virginio) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 1: Scene and Aria: Oh! quante volte (Virginio) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 1: Scene and Aria: Oh! me infelice! … (Virginia) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 2: Scene and Duet: Virginio! (Icilio, Virginio) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 2: Scene and Duet: Allor che avvinti (Icilio, Virginia) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 3: Scene and Duet: Eccone a te (Tullia, Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 4: Finale: Dallo stellato empireo (Priests) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 5: Finale: Fermate … (Marco) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 6: Finale: Iniquo! (Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 6: Finale: Ne ti ritraggi (Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act II Scene 6: Finale: Ah! perfido! (Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 2: Scene and Duet: Ad ora Tarda (Icilio, Appio) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 2: Scene and Duet: Si opporrebbe (Appio, Icilio) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 3: Scene and Duet: Come insensata giace (Tullia, Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 3: Scene and Duet: Sacri Penati (Virginia, Virginio) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 3: Scene and Duet: Che fia? (Tullia, Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Scene 5: Scene and Finale: In vestimenti squallidi (Populace) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Final Scene: Nera idea! … (Virginio) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Mercadante, S. — Virginia: Act III Final Scene: Or sian divisi (Appio) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mercadante, Saverio : Virginia, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Many 19th century Italian operatic composers had problems with censors. Verdi's disputes over Rigoletto notorious, but many other works by Rossini and Donizetti were rewritten to appease the arbiters of what was deemed morally, religiously or politically correct. Another victim was Saverio Mercadante. 'Virginia', completed in 1850, was not performed until 1866 because the composer refused to make alterations. The work is set in ancient Rome where the heroine, daughter of the soldier Virginio, is assailed by the corrupt and powerful Appio as part of an ongoing conflict between patricians and plebeians. It ends with Virginia's father stabbing her rather than relinquish his daughter to their oppressor.

BBC Music Magazine
Maurizio Benini draws a strong and stylish performance from the London Philharmonic, and the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir makes vivid contributions. Susan Patterson... delivers her opening cabaletta with bravura and generally discloses a soprano of impressive amplitude.

Gramophone Magazine
Maurizio Benini conducts with appreciative understanding of the traditions and his players bring out the full flavour of Mercadante's imaginative score. ... the only soloist of whom much is asked in the way of florid singing is the soprano, and Susan Patterson has mastered the technical difficulties of her role with impressive success.



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>Mercadante, Saverio : Virginia, opera
  • Performers: Stefano Antonucci (Baritone); Charles Castronovo (Tenor); Paul Clarke (Tenor); Andrew Foster-Wililams (Voice); Mark Le Brocq (Tenor); Katherine Manley (Soprano); Susan Patterson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Maurizio Benini
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic