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Vocal Teamwork - Rare Operatic Ensembles

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Bianca e Falliero
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel), comic opera in 3 acts
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts
>Mercadante, Saverio : Emma d' Antiochia, opera
>Rossini, Gioachino : Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Mayr, Simon : Medea in Corinto, opera
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Margherita d'Anjou
>Mosca, Luca : Li Sposi in cimento
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Gianni da Calais, opera
>Paër, Ferdinando : Agnese
>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera
>Coccia, Carlo : Maria Stuart regina di scozia, opera
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'assedio di Calais, opera
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Notes & Reviews:

We have here many different kinds of ensemble, starting with the elaborate formality of the duet from Rossinis Bianca e Falliero and concluding with the emotionally charged nonet from Donizettis Lassedio di Calais. Between these is a specially chosen selection of pieces, which shows that this was indeed the great century of ensemble writing. The CD booklet contains an introduction in English, French, German and Italian by Opera Raras Artistic Director Patric Schmid and comprehensive notes on each of the tracks by the distinguished critic and Assistant Editor of Opera, Erica Jeal.



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Bianca e Falliero :: Duetto. 'Va' Crudel'
  • Performers: Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Jennifer Larmore (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Dinorah (Le pardon de Ploërmel), comic opera in 3 acts :: Duetto 'Il faut se hâter'
  • Performers: Deborah Cook (Soprano); Alexander Oliver (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : L' Esule di Granata, opera (heroic melodrama) in 2 acts :: Terzetto 'Cara, il soave istante'
  • Performers: Manuela Custer (Mezzo Soprano); Mirco Palazzi (Bass); Laura Claycomb (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giuliano Carella
  • Running Time: 8 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819

>Mercadante, Saverio : Emma d' Antiochia, opera :: Terzetto 'Cielo! sei tu che il vindice'
  • Performers: Roberto Servile (Baritone); Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano); Bruce Ford (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ricciardo e Zoraide, opera :: Quartetto 'Cessi omai quel tuo rigore'
  • Performers: Bruce Ford (Tenor); William Matteuzzi (Tenor); Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano); Paul Nilon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1818

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Quartetto 'Sangue a me quell'ombra chiede'
  • Performers: Ludmilla Andrew (Soprano); Rita Hunter (Soprano); Peter Glossop (Baritone); Kenneth Collins (Tenor)
  • Conductor: John Matheson
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Mayr, Simon : Medea in Corinto, opera :: Quintetto 'Ah! se manco a te di fede'
  • Performers: Alastair Miles (Voice); Bruce Ford (Tenor); Jane Eaglen (Soprano); Raúl Giménez (Voice); Yvonne Kenny (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Margherita d'Anjou :: Quintetto 'Oh rabbia! oh furore!'
  • Performers: Bruce Ford (Tenor); Annick Massis (Soprano); Pauls Putnins (Bass); Alastair Miles (Voice); Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mosca, Luca : Li Sposi in cimento :: Sestetto 'Siamo marito e moglie'
  • Performers: Beryl Korman (Soprano); Kevin John (Tenor); Russell Smythe (Baritone); Roderick Earle (Bass); Alexandra Mercer (Mezzo Soprano); Sandra Dugdale (Soprano)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Gianni da Calais, opera :: Sestetto 'Tu in grembo all' innocenza'
  • Performers: Rockwell Blake (Tenor); Sarah Fulgoni (Voice); Majella Cullagh (Soprano); Antonia Sotgiù (Mezzo Soprano); Dominic Natoli (Tenor); Garry Magee (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1828

>Paër, Ferdinando : Agnese :: Settimino 'Se la smarrita agnella'
  • Performers: Christian Plessis (Voice); Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano); Alexandra Mercer (Mezzo Soprano); Robin Leggate (Tenor); Beryl Korman (Soprano); Kevin John (Tenor); Russell Smythe (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 12 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Rossini, Gioachino : William Tell (Gugliemo Tell), opera :: Settimino 'Viva Vallace!'
  • Performers: Patrizia Biccire (Voice); Antonia Sotgiù (Mezzo Soprano); Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano); Barry Banks (Tenor); Dean Robinson (Bass); Garry Magee (Baritone); Simon Bailey (Bass)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Coccia, Carlo : Maria Stuart regina di scozia, opera :: Nonetto 'Terribil momento'
  • Performers: Alastair Miles (Voice); Bruce Ford (Tenor); Clive Bayley (Bass); Bronwen Mills (Soprano); Jennifer Rhys-Davies (Soprano); Ivan Sharpe (Tenor); Anne Mason (Soprano); Mark Glanville (Bass); Paul Nilon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'assedio di Calais, opera :: Nonetto 'Raddoppia i baci tuoi'
  • Performers: Mark Glanville (Bass); Ian Platt (Baritone); Rico Serbo (Tenor); Eiddwen Harrhy (Soprano); Nuccia Focile (Soprano); Russell Smythe (Baritone); Christian Plessis (Voice); Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano); Paul Nilon (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836