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BEL CANTO BULLY - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja

BEL CANTO BULLY - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Bergamo Musica Festival Orchestra

Orchestra

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra

Orchestra

South West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra

Orchestra

Ireland National Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

Orchestra

Wurttemberg Philharmonic OrchestraStadtkapelle Bad Wildbad

Orchestra

Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Orchestra

Orchestra

Virtuosi Brunensis

Orchestra

Alberto Zedda

Conductor

Alfred Walter

Conductor

Maurizio Benini

Conductor

Steven Mercurio

Conductor

Antonino Fogliani

Conductor

Christopher Franklin

Conductor

Pier Giorgio Morandi

Conductor

Marcello Rota

Conductor

Alfred Walter

Conductor

Alberto Zedda

Soloist

Monica Colonna

Soloist

Marcello Giordani

Soloist

Antonino Fogliani

Soloist

Dimitra Theodossiou

Soloist

Pier Giorgio Morandi

Soloist

Ugo Mahieux

Soloist

Prague Chamber Chorus

Choral

Naples San Pietro a Majella Conservatory Chorus

Choral

Bergamo Musica Festival Chorus

Choral

Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Chorus

Choral

Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno

Chamber

Tubingen Festival Band

Chamber

Venue:

Kursaal, Bad Wildbad, Germany

Venue

Teatro Donizetti, Bergamo, Italy

Venue

Alpha-Line Studio at the Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Venue

Concert Hall of the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovakia

Venue

Massimo Bellini Theatre, Catania, Italy

Venue

Wexford, Ireland

Venue

Kurhaus, Bad Wildbad, Germany

Venue

Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Opera


Classical

Total Time - 75:28
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GIOACHINO ROSSINI

1 

La Gazzetta

7:32
 Ugo Mahieux Soloist
 Christopher Franklin Conductor
     
 

Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia

 
2 Act II: Che ascolto? ahime, che dici? 6:54
3 Act III: Assisa a' pie d'un salice 5:27
 Antonino Fogliani Soloist
 Antonino Fogliani Conductor
     
4 

Mose in Egitto (1819 Naples version)

4:52
 Antonino Fogliani Soloist
 Antonino Fogliani Conductor
     
 

ANDREA LEONE TOTTOLA

 

La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)

 
5 Act II: Oh fiamma soave 8:21
6 Act II: Tanti affetti in tal momento 4:12
 Alberto Zedda Soloist
 Alberto Zedda Conductor
     
 

GIOACHINO ROSSINI

7 

Maometto secondo

7:48
 Pier Giorgio Morandi Soloist
 Pier Giorgio Morandi Conductor
     
 

CARL MARIA VON WEBER

8 

Euryanthe, J. 291: Overture

8:43
 Alfred Walter Conductor
 Alfred Walter Conductor
     
 

VINCENZO BELLINI

 

Il pirata

 
9 Act I: Nel furor delle tempeste 2:54
10 Act I: Per te di vane lagrime 2:03
 Marcello Giordani Soloist
 Steven Mercurio Conductor
     
 

GAETANO DONIZETTI

 

Roberto Devereux

 
11 Act III: Vivi ingrato a lei d'accanto 4:55
12 Act III: Quel sangue versato al cielo s'innalza 6:20
 Dimitra Theodossiou Soloist
 Marcello Rota Conductor
     
 

SALVADORE CAMMARANO

13 

Elena da Feltre

5:27
 Monica Colonna Soloist
 Maurizio Benini Conductor
     


Domenico Barbaja (1777–1841) was the legendary impresario who dominated European operatic stages for thirty years. The ruthless mogul was at the very heart of the bel canto era in which beautiful singing, allied to flawless technique, was brought to perfection. This release celebrates his legacy in exploring how Barbaja influenced the way opera was written and performed, by commissioning a series of masterpieces from the greatest composers of the time, such as Rossini, Donizetti and Weber, and staging them in his magnificent opera houses, performed by the most glamorous singers of the age

"Fascinating in several ways, this disc is, in effect, a promotion for a book published this month by Haus Publishing in Britain. The book is a biography of Domenico Barbaja, a charming but power-hungry man who shaped bel canto opera in the early 1800s. It is fun to see opera through Barbaja’s eyes, to confront the composers from a business angle. He shaped Bellini’s career, signing him up right out of the Naples Conservatory. He commissioned 26 operas from Donizetti. Rossini was apparently late fulfilling his commissions; once, Barbaja had to lock him in his apartment until he finished the now-forgotten ’Otello’. The music on the CD gives you some unusual clips from operas Barbaja helped birth—including Rossini’s “Otello,” Bellini’s early effort “Il pirata” and Donizetti’s Tudor opera “Roberto Devereux.”   ***
 
Mary Kunz Goldman - The Buffalo News - April 2013



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