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Mercadante: I Normanni a Parigi [Highlights] / Judith Howarth, Barry Banks

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  1. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act I, Introduzione: "Una Reggente debole" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act I, Scene 9: "Tu lo volesti" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act I, Scene 9: "Regina!… ancor ti supplico" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act I, Scene 9: "Tergi le amare lagrime" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 5: "Ah! mai non fia" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 5: "Prendi tu la spada mia" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 5: "Custodito in carcer sia" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 6: "Una preghiera ascolta" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 7: "Che tento? che spero?" $0.99 on iTunes
  10. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 7: "Francesi… ascoltate…" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act III, Scene 8: "Vieni, Osvino; sol può la vittoria" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 1: "Buresca" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 1: "Ove fuggo? e perché?" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 1: "Rigetta il cielo" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 2: "Io ti lascio, e al cor non oso" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 2: "Giunge alcun. Ah! fuggi!" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 4: "Ul tuo sangue a me recasti!" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 4: "Ah! non mai… sì ria non sono…" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. S. Mercadante — I normanni a Parigi, Act IV, Scene 4: "Chi serbar può asciutto il ciglio" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Opera Rara continues to explore the fascinating figure of Saverio Mercadante with this world premiere recording of substantial highlights from I Normanni a Parigi, written for Turin in 1832. With Rossini in retirement, Mercadante was then in competition with Bellini and Donizetti for the crown of Italian opera. As this work demonstrates, he was easily in the running. The libretto is set in Paris following the death of the mighty King Charlemagne and offers personal and political drama of the highest order. This is the seventh opera in the Essential Opera Rara series and, once again, a vivid impression of the work is captured on a single disc, accompanied by a complete libretto and article by the eminent 19th century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.

International Record Review
[Barry Banks's] incisive voice has the necessary agility...His vocal weight is enough for the more dramatic scenes...Karnéus brings flexibility to Osvino and her pleasing mezzo provides an attractive complement to Howarth's soprano...[Novaro] is worth waiting for. His well-bound tone, with its darkish tinge, brings strength to his interpretation.

BBC Music Magazine
Donizetti provides Parisina with one of his most plaintive arias in 'Sogno talor di correre' and a spectacular send off in Act III with 'Ora funesta!'. There's some exquisite orchestra writing... and fine work for the chorus, with the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir on tiptop form here. ...Carmen Giannattasio's... vocal attack is magnificent and the trills and runs and drops through the registers spot on.

Gramophone Magazine
Opera Rara's recording is less by Carmen Giannattasio... Her Act 3 defiance of Azzo, the ingenious Romanza in Act 2, and her fatalistic "Forse un destin che intendere" are agile in decoration, expressive and well acted - a cunning piece of casting. The Spanish tenor José Bros displays enough metal in the voice to catch Ugo's Percy-like desperation in returning obsessively to Parisina's hostile court. The horns at Parisina's entrance and the spooky bird-calls in Act 3... show off Donizetti's imaginative use of scoring to second dramatic points. David Parry's well paced conducting is especially aware of these touches.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (05/2009).



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>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 1. Introduzione. Una Regente debole
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 1. Duetto. Tu lo volesti
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 1. Duetto. Cielo, non v'ha fra gli uomini
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 1. Duetto. Regina!... ancor ti supplico
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 1. Duetto. Tergi le amare lagrime
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Scena. Ah! mai non fia
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act . Aria. Prendi tu la spada mia
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act . Aria. Custodito in carcer sia
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Cabaletta. Se dar fede a' miei nemici
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Duetto. Una preghiera ascolta
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Duetto. Conte, l'onor ti è reso
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Terzetto. Che tento? che spero?
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Terzetto. Francesi... asciktate,,,
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 3. Terzetto. Vieni, Osvino
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Buresca
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Scena e Preghiera. Ove fuggo?
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Duetto. Rigetta il cielo
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Duetto. Io t'amai
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Duetto. Io ti lascio
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Duetto. Giunge alcun
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Scena. Il tuo sangue a me recasti!
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Aria. Ah! non mai...
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832

>Mercadante, Saverio : I Normanni a Parigi :: Act 4. Aria. Chi serbar può asciutto il ciglio!
  • Performers: Barry Banks (Tenor); Graeme Broadbent (Baritone); Aled Hall (Tenor); Judith Howarth (Soprano); Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Stuart Stratford
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1832