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Opera in English - Donizetti: Mary Stuart / Mackerras, et al

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  1. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English): Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: Let Us Wait Here (Voice, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: Yes, But the French Prince Is Seeking … (Elizabeth) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: If Fortune One Day Should Send to Me … (Elizabeth) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: In This Moment of Rejoicing (Talbot, Elizabeth, Cecil, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: May the Light of Wisdom and Justice (Elizabeth, Cecil, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: But, Where Is the Earl of Leicester? (Elizabeth, Cecil, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: Did You Not Ask to See Me, Earlier Today? (Leicester, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: I Remember These Lovely Features (Leicester, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: If She Dare Trust in Me (Leicester, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: Do I Disturb You? (Elizabeth, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: How Affecting … Is She Relenting? (Elizabeth, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: When I First Looked Upon Her Face (Elizabeth, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act I: My Arrogant Rival Has Long Sought to Rob Me (Elizabeth, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Why Run So Fast, My Lady? (Hannah, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: You Murmuring Breezes … (Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: What Tumult! Those Voices! (Mary, Hannah, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: In the Peace of My Gloomy Seclusion (Mary, Hannah, Ladies) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Ah! May This Joy Not Deceive Me (Mary, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Long By the World Forsaken (Mary, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: All Too Well I Surely Know Her! Ah! Though My Spirit Never Faltered (Mary, Leicester) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: What Place Is This Then? (Elizabeth, Leicester, Cecil, Talbot, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Report Has Not Failed Me (Elizabeth, Mary, Talbot, Hannah, Leicester, Cecil) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Bid Her Welcome! (Leicester, Elizabeth, Talbot, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Dead to Justice, Throne and Kingdom (Mary, Cecil, Elizabeth, Leicester, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act II: Go, Prepare Yourself for Sentence (Mary, Cecil, Elizabeth, Leicester, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 1: Still Pensive? Still Delaying? (Cecil, Elizabeth) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 1: Your Highness! You Do But Speed Her Execution (Leicester, Elizabeth, Cecil) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: Elizabeth Will Continue to Mock and Insult Me (Mary, Cecil) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: Oh Faithful Talbot! (Mary, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: Once All the Radiant Joys of Youth (Mary, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: There Still Remains Another Charge (Mary, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: No: I Never Turned from My Saviour (Mary, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 2: Go Leave This World of Grief Behind (Mary, Talbot) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: You Saw Them? (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: Hannah! Do Not Disturb Her (Hannah, Mary, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: Oh, Deign to Hear Our Prayer, Merciful Saviour! (Hannah, Mary, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: The Signal (All, Cecil, Mary) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: Death Hovers Near Me, So Take My Pardon (Mary, Hannah, Talbot, Cecil, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: Leicester Approaches (Talbot, Mary, Leicester, Cecil) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Donizetti — Maria Stuarda (Mary Stuart) (Sung in English), Act III, Scene 3: Though You Once Made a Vow to Protect Me (Mary, Leicester, Talbot, Hannah, Chorus, Ce $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"A smashingly good show. Baker and Plowright are not names that come to mind when many people think of 19th C. bel canto scores, yet they are very compelling...Holding everything together is the baton of Mackerras...the loving, songful, caressing way he shapes the music...Tempos, dynamics, rhythm--these and other niceties are handled very well and help to create a strong theatrical atmosphere. Naturally you should have this in your collection..." --Mark, American Record Guide

The Times
Here are Janet Baker and Rosalind Plowright firing on all cylinders as the rival queens of Scotland and England ... Charles Mackerras is the superb conductor; would that he had given us more Donizetti while at the Coliseum.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This revival celebrates the association of Janet Baker and Charles Mackerras within the context of the ENO company and one of its most memorable productions. For those who saw this, the set will call the stage back to mind with wonderful vividness; but the appeal goes well beyond that, preserving a performance stamped with the strong individuality that confers the status of a gramophone classic. This brought a personal triumph for Janet Baker and it impresses afresh by the distinctiveness of her vocal characterisation. It isn't every singer who reflects, or re-creates, the distinctive identities through vocal colour and 'registration'. Everyone who was there will remember the 'Royal bastard!' in confrontation with Elizabeth, but equally powerful, and more regal, is her command - 'Be silent! Leave me!' - to the Lord Chancellor of England who brings to Fotheringay news of her condemnation to death. By contrast, the quieter moments can be immensely moving, as, for instance, in the line in which she acknowledges an unexpected generosity in her great opponent. In that role, Rosalind Plowright gives what surely must have been one of the supreme performances of her career.

The writing for Elizabeth makes immense demands of the singer, and in these fearsome opening solos the technical challenges are triumphantly met. John Tomlinson's massive bass commands attention (which it doesn't then always reward with evenness of production). The male soloists have not the most grateful of roles, but Alan Opie's Cecil shows its quality in the duet with Elizabeth, and David Rendall endows the ineffectual Leicester with plenty of Italianate ardour. The chorus has limited opportunities, and has certainly been heard to better advantage on other occasions.

A word of warning must be added concerning texts which involve cuts and adaptations. The transpositions are defended as standard practice when an exceptional mezzo-soprano (such as Malibran) took a soprano role, in the present instance merely conforming to the lower orchestral pitch of Donizetti's time. However, it's unlikely that at this date the set would be bought or rejected with this kind of consideration foremost. What remains are the strong positives, most notably the vitality of Mackerras's conducting and the glory of Baker's singing. Also, for those to whom this is a priority, the opera is given in clear English.



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Works Details

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Maria Stuarda
  • Performers: Janet Baker (Mezzo-soprano); Angela Bostock (Soprano); Alan Opie; Rosalind Plowright (Soprano); David Rendall (Tenor); John Tomlinson (Bass)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: London Coliseum, London, England (04/01/1982/04/10/1982)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834