Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Aristea is an example of a popular musical form of the early 19th Century. Technically it's a cantata. Aristea was the first of Donizetti's scenic cantatas. It was brokered by the most powerful impresario of the day, Domenico Barbaia, head of the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The music is first-rate Donizetti, with its foot-tapping melodies and rhythmic propulsion. The six singers attack the music with enthusiasm, taking on the formidable vocal challenges with ease. All make a good impression. Chorus and orchestra share in the general excitement.
As the sole recording of Aristea, one of Donizetti’s early works, this release is a must-have for fans of 19th century opera. Although Aristea might be categorized as a compact “cantata-opera,” it was nonetheless conceived for extensive resources. Donizetti used a large cast and full orchestra for the work, which was written to honor Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies. Conductor Frank Hauz and his Simon Mayr Choir have already won accolades for their recordings of music from Donizetti’s time, including Mayr’s Samuele (8572721-22) in which Andrea Brown, who takes the title role in Aristea, was noted for her “splendid dramatic singing” (MusicWeb International).
BBC Music Magazine, September 2014
You would need to be an unusually advanced Donizetti addict - they do exist - to have heard of this short work, let alone heard it...Since it lasts very slightly under an hour it's most enjoyably heard as a series of arias and ensembles...Enthusiasm keeps the thing afloat...The conductor, Franz Hauk, seems to warm to his task as he goes along.
Recording information: Neuberg, Kongregationssaal (09/03/2012-09/06/2012).
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Works DetailsDonizetti, Gaetano : Aristea, azione pastorale for 3 women's voices, 3 men's voices & orchestra
- Conductor: Franz Hauk
- Ensemble: Simon Mayr Ensemble
- Notes: Neuberg, Kongregationssaal (09/03/2012-09/06/2012)
- Running Time: 6 min. 30 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1823