Notes & Reviews:
"The dramatic tautness that was such a feature of the live event comes across vividly on disc. It's one of Donizetti's most economical scores, its mood sombre and threatening, and Elder and the period instruments of the OAE bring out all the dark tints in the scoring. The wonderfully secure soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is the conflicted heroine" -The Guardian
"No one today has keener stylistic antennae for this repertoire than Elder: conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, he shapes a performance of urgency and light-footedness, with a cast headed by Krassimira Stoyanova’s sprightly Maria and José Bros’s agile Riccardo." -The Financial Times
"Though not the first Maria di Rohan on CD, this set comprehensively eclipses the 1996 one...above all for Mark Elder's marvellously strong, supple conducting...Opera Rara's cast imaginatively features the warmly sympathetic Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who rises with unaffected eloquence to all of Maria's demands, expertly partnered by the excellently stylish Catalan tenor Jose Bros...Highly recommended." -BBC Music Magazine
Stoyanova is glorious: she catpures the despair of this troubled character, especially in her preghiera (where she is partnered by a beautifully phrased cor anglais solo)...On a par with Stoyanova is Christopher Purves, with his subtle performance as Chevreuse: in his Act 3 solo he produces an immaculate legato, then shows that he can storm barns with the best...Mark Elder conducts with his usual fire and exemplary attention to dynamic markings.
International Record Review
[Stoyanova's] voice is well placed, focused and crystalline, with a tang that enables it to inject a dramatic touch, yet it possess a softer element for the intimate portions of the story...Bros is stylistically suited to the music and his technique is flexible enough for him to articulate the notes with accuracy and clarity...[the appendix arias] find a praiseworthy proponent in Enkelejda Shkosa, whose voice of dark velvet ripples and flows.
The dramatic tautness that was such a feature of the live event comes across vividly on disc. It's one of Donizetti's most economical scores, its mood sombre and threatening, and Elder and the period instruments of the OAE bring out all the dark tints in the scoring. The wonderfully secure soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is the conflicted heroine.
There is little wastage. Musky period brass and woodwind intensify the sense of entrapment. Christopher Purves's multi-faceted, volatile Chevreuse dominates. Krassimira Stoyanova is a cool, eloquent Maria, while Enkelejda Shkosa shines as the second Gondi, transformed into a trouser-role for an ungrateful French audience.
Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (10/2009/11/2009).
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- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
- Notes: Composition written: 1843.
- Running Time: 35 min. 21 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1843