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Rossini: La Donna del Lago / Benini, Giannattasio, et al

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  1. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I: Sinfonia $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I: Recitative and Introduction: Del Di la Messaggiera (Shepherdesses, Shepherds, Huntsmen) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 2: Duet: Oh Mattutini Albori! (Elena) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 2: Duet: Scendi Nel Piccol Legno (Elena, Uberto) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 3: Duet: Uberto! Ah! Dove Ti Ascondi? Uberto! (Huntsmen) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 4: Duet: E In Questo Di? (Albina, Serano) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 5: Duet: Sei Gia Nel Tetto Mio (Elena, Uberto) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 6: Duet: Sei Gia Sposa? Ed e Rodrigo (Uberto, Elena) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 6: Duet: Quali Accenti! e Deggio In Seno (Uberto, Elena) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 6: Duet: Ma Son Sorpreso (Uberto, Elena, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 7: Recitative and Cavatina: Mura Felici, Ove Il Mio Ben Si Aggira! (Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 7: Recitative and Cavatina: Elena! Oh Tu, Che Chiamo! (Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 7: Recitative and Cavatina: Oh Quante Lacrime Finor Versai (Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 8: Recitative and Cavatina: Signor, Giungi Opportuno: Al Vallo Intorno (Serano, Malcolm, Douglas $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 8: Duet: Taci, Lo Voglio, e Basti (Douglas) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 8: Duet: E Nel Fatal Conflitto (Elena, Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 8: Duet: Vivere Io Non Sapro/potro (Elena, Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Duet: Qual Rapido Torrente (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Duet: Eccomi a Voi, Miei Prodi (Rodrigo, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Duet: Premio Di Dolci Ardori (Chorus, Rodrigo) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Duet: Alfin Mi e Dato, Amico (Douglas, Rodrigo) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Cavatina: Vieni, O Stella Che Lucida e Bella (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Cavatina: La Mia Spada, e la Piu Fida (Malcolm, Elena, Douglas) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Cavatina: Questo Amplesso, a Te Fia Pegno (Rodrigo, Malcolm, Douglas, Elena) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Cavatina: Crudele Sospetto (Rodrigo, Elena, Malcolm, Douglas, Albina, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Cavatina: Sul Colle a Morve Opposto (Serano, Chorus, Douglas, Rodrigo, Elena, Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Finale: Gia un Raggio Forier (The Bards, Maidens, Rodrigo, Douglas) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act I Scene 9: Finale: Su … Amici! Guerrieri! (Malcolm, Rodrigo, Douglas, Albina, Elena, Maidens) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 1: Cavatina: Oh Fiamma Soave (Uberto) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 1: Cavatina: Si, Per Te, Mio Tesoro (Uberto, Elena, Serano) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 1: Cavatina: Alla Ragion Deh Rieda (Elena, Uberto) $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 2: Trio: Qual Pena In Me Gia Desta (Elena, Uberto, Rodrigo) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 2: Trio: Parla … Chi Sei? (Rodrigo, Elena, Uberto, Clansmen) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 3: Trio: Quante Sciagure In un Sol Giorno Aduna (Albina, Malcolm, Serano) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 3: Aria: Ah! Si Pera: Ormai la Morte (Malcolm) $0.99 on iTunes
  36. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 3: Aria: Douglas! Douglas! Ti Salva! (Clansmen, Albina, Serano, Malcolm, Warriors) $0.99 on iTunes
  37. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 4: E Tanto Asasti? (Giacomo, Douglas) $0.99 on iTunes
  38. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 5: Attendi: Il Re Fra Poco (Bertram, Elena) $0.99 on iTunes
  39. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 5: Che Sento! (Elena, Giacomo) $0.99 on iTunes
  40. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 5: Stelle! Sembra! Egli Stesso! (Elena) - Scene 6: Eccolo! Amica Sorte (Elena, Giacomo) $0.99 on iTunes
  41. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 6: Imponga Il Re: Siam (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  42. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 6: Ah! Che Vedo! Qual Fasto! (Elena, Giacomo, Douglas, Malcolm, Bertram) $0.99 on iTunes
  43. Rossini, G. — La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake): Act II Scene 6: Rondo: Tanti Affetti In Tal Momento (Elena, Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rossini's La donna del lago was not only the first Italian opera to be based on a work by Sir Walter Scott (the narrative poem The Lady of the Lake), it was also a milestone in the development of romanticism in Italian opera. Still to this day, we cannot fail to respond when Rossini writes an enchanting aubade for his Elena as, making her first appearance, she rows her skiff across the placid mountain waters of Loch Katrine. Recorded at the 2006 Edinburgh International Festival, this performance features the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maurizio Benini. Opera Rara's three CD set comes with a lavishly illustrated book including a complete libretto with an English translation. Bel canto specialist Jeremy Commons gives a superb account of the story behind the opera and its composition.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
One of Rossini's most attractive scores, La donnadel lago is both bold and delicate, at one moment looking ahead to Verdi, at several others suggesting a Mozartian affinity. The orchestral writing offers colour, adornment and a steady supply of additional interest. For the voice, opportunities for brilliance are matched by passages of sustained lyrical elegance. Dramatically, the construction is effective, the tension well contrived, with characters and situations that can touch the heart.

Live in Edinburgh's Usher Hall, Gregory Kunde, in the fearsome role of Rodrigo, sounded at times foggy, almost as though singing through a cold, his tone breaking free with startling clarity on the high notes. The recording is more evenly voiced, the low notes clearer, the top not quite so exciting. And whereas the memory of Carmen Giannattasio as Elena is of something very special, the recorded sound seems not quite to catch the distinctive beauty of her tone throughout the range. Also the recording is without applause: and there was much. It was an evening of general rejoicing in the singers' art. Perhaps the greatest enthusiasm of all greeted Kenneth Tarver, especially after his solo at the beginning of Act 2: and that comes out on record exactly as remembered, a model of legato singing from the start and blissfully even and precise in florid work later on.

Though this was a concert performance, all was fully expressive and, if one couldn't claim a high degree of dramatic involvement, at least as a member of the audience one felt interest and sympathy. The orchestra is well to the fore, and its playing is certainly a main strength, Maurizio Benini conducting with spirit and finesse. Offstage band and chorus are also effectively recorded, and a well-chosen version of the text is presented. Opera Rara also bring its habitual generosity and scholarship to the accompanying booklet, with a handsome box and stylish packaging.



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>Rossini, Gioachino : La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake), opera
  • Performers: Patricia Bardon (Mezzo Soprano); Carmen Giannattasio (Soprano); Robert Gleadow (Bass Baritone); Gregory Kunde (Tenor); Francesca Sassu (Soprano); Kenneth Tarver (Tenor); Mark Wilde (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Maurizio Benini
  • Ensemble: Edinburgh Festival Chorus
  • Running Time: 123 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819
  • Studio/Live: Live