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PACINI / MERCADANTE: Paventa Insano - Arias and Ensembles

PACINI / MERCADANTE: Paventa Insano - Arias and Ensembles

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011


Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


Parry, David


Bruce Ford

Soloist

Majella Cullagh

Soloist

Kenneth Tarver

Soloist

Alan Opie

Soloist

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir



Record Label
Opera rara

Genre:

Opera




Total Time - 79:15
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GIOVANNI PACINI

1 

Il corsaro, Act I: Trio: Che intensi! E lui che adoro

8:34
 Bruce Ford Soloist
     
 

SALVATORE CAMMARANO

2 

Elena da Feltre

8:36
 Majella Cullagh Soloist
     
 

GIOVANNI PACINI

3 

Stella di Napoli: Trio: Addio! … la tua memoria

6:05
 Majella Cullagh Soloist
     
 

FELICE ROMANI

4 

I normanni a Parigi

4:20
 Kenneth Tarver Soloist
     
 

GIOVANNI PACINI

5 

Il contestabile di Chester, Part I: Trio: Ah! partir il voto o cielo … Deh rammentate almeno

11:51
 Majella Cullagh Soloist
     
 

SAVERIO MERCADANTE

6 

Andronico

2:57
 Majella Cullagh Soloist
     
 

JACOPO FERRETTI

7 

Cesare in Egitto

4:32
 Kenneth Tarver Soloist
     
 

SAVERIO MERCADANTE

8 

Leonora

4:46
 Alan Opie Soloist
     
 

FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE

9 

Allan Cameron

16:49
 Alan Opie Soloist
     
 

SALVATORE CAMMARANO

10 

Virginia

10:45
 Majella Cullagh Soloist
 Parry, David


Venture beyond the four greatest names in the operatic firmament of early 19th century Italy – delve beyond Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi – and the next two composers to come to our attention will always be Mercadante and Pacini. And more often than not they will be mentioned together in the same breath. Our own feeling – and indeed the raison d’être behind the present recording – is that there is every good reason to link their names. They were, in the first place, very close contemporaries. Saverio Mercadante was born on 17 September 1795, and Giovanni Pacini on 17 February 1796 – a difference of only five months.

Both enjoyed long careers in the theatre in an age when composers were expected to churn out operas one after another. Pacini composed well over seventy operas (though not the ‘over 100’ that he himself claimed); Mercadante was hardly less productive, and has something like sixty titles to his credit.

Six remarkable trios are the dominant feature of this album. Mercadante and Pacini excel in this operatic form through the strength and beauty of their vocal writing, which at the same time allows us to understand the conflicting emotions of the characters. Both the intimate terzetto from Pacini’s Cesare in Egitto and the large-scale trio, which concludes act one of Mercadante’s Virginia demonstrate this to perfection. As does the charming duet from Mercadante’s Andronico with Majella Cullagh and Laura Polverelli and the all-male quartet lead by Alan Opie and Bruce Ford from Leonora. The Act 1 finale of Pacini’s Il contestabile di Chester completes this enthralling survey of two unjustly neglected giants of the 19th Century.

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