Notes & Reviews:
A highly regarded composer in his day and considered the equal of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, Saverio Mercadante pioneered the transformation of bel canto opera into real music drama. He wrote the operatic tragedy I Briganti (The Brigands) not only to prove himself to the Parisian public but as a direct challenge to Bellini's I puritani, premièred the previous year. Mercadante's individual style of canto fiorito and distinctive theatricality demonstrate that opera need not be a mere succession of virtuoso vocal arias, and it paved the way for Verdi's later dramas. Prepared from a new critical edition, this production was described as 'outstanding' by The New York Times.
Financial Times, 29th June 2014
Antonino Fogliani, conducting a Czech orchestra and Polish choir, must take credit for the spirit and style of performance.
The Telegraph, 10th July 2014
Fogliani conducts a Czech chamber orchestra in a brisk, idiomatic interpretation, and there is some admirably no-nonsense singing from a committed cast led by Bruno Pratic=, Maxim Mironov and Petya Ivanova. This is recommended to all lovers of Italian opera at its gutsiest.
Gramophone Magazine, October 2014
This 2012 Wildbad theatre revival has the Russian tenor Maxim Miranov in the Rubini role, and very fine he is too...it is the allure of Mironov's singing which suggests how the 'Puritani quartet' must have helped lift Mercadante's patchily written piece.
American Record Guide, January/February 2015
Naxos has signed an excellent cast. There is much to praise in the performances, especially Ivanova, Mironov, and Pratico. They do quite well in this July 2012 performance at the 24th Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Germany. I urge you to check out some Mercadante operas: I Due Figaro (N/D 2013), Don Chisciotte (N/D 2012), Elisa e Claudio (J/A 1992), Emma d'Antiochia (N/D 2004), Il Giuramento (S/O 1991, J/F 1995, M/A 1995), Pelagio (S/O 2010), La Vestale (M/J 1990), and Virginia (J/A 2009).
Recording information: Trinkhalle, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2012-07-14&2012-07-18&2012-).
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Works DetailsMercadante, Saverio : I Briganti, opera
- Conductor: Antonino Fogliani
- Ensemble: Virtusi Brunensis
- Notes: Trinkhalle, Bad Wildbad, Germany (2012-07-14&2012-07-18&2012-)
- Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta