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Bellini: Norma Import


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Audio CD, Import, May 24, 2005
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  • Performer: Edita Gruberova, Elina Garanca, Aquiles Machado, Alastair Miles, Judith Howarth, et al.
  • Orchestra: Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Conductor: Friedrich Haider
  • Composer: Vincenzo Bellini
  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Nightingale
  • ASIN: B0007RUT7U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Norma, opera: Sinfonia
2. Norma, opera: Act 1. Coro d'Introduzione. Ite sul colle
3. Norma, opera: Act 1. Recitativo e Cavatina. Svanir le voci!
4. Norma, opera: Act 1. Recitativo e Cavatina. Meco all'altar di Venere
5. Norma, opera: Act 1. Recitativo e Cavatina. Odi? I suoi riti a compiere
6. Norma, opera: Act 1. Recitativo e Cavatina. Me protegge, me difende
7. Norma, opera: Act 1. Coro. Norma viene
8. Norma, opera: Act 1. Scena e Cavatina. Sediziose voci
9. Norma, opera: Act 1. Scena e Cavatina. Casta diva
10. Norma, opera: Act 1. Scena e Cavatina. Fine al rito
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Norma, opera: Act 1. Scena e Terzetto - Finale 1. Perfido! / Or basti
2. Norma, opera: Act 1. Scena e Terzetto - Finale 1. Vanne, si, mi lascia indegno
3. Norma, opera: Act 2. Introduzione
4. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena. Dormono entrambi
5. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena. I figli uccido! - Teneri figli
6. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena. Olà, Clotilde!
7. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Me chiami, o Norma?
8. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Deh! con te, con te li prendi
9. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Mira, o Norma, a' tuoi ginocchi
10. Norma, opera: Act 2. Scena e Duetto. Cedi, deh! cedi
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ron D. on October 6, 2006
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Norma is an opera of common misconceptions. It does not hold the popularity of Carmen, Aida, or La Boheme, and performances of it remain rare. Its elusiveness can be attributed to the rare mastery it requires to perform it adequately, and the sophistication it requires for it to be truly appreciated by opera-goers. Rosa Ponselle, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Renata Scotto, and Montserrat Caballe belong to the very exclusive club of great Normas in the 20th Century. Great Adalgisas are even more rare. But now we have Edita Gruberova. Edita Gruberova is a tremendous star in Europe, especially in Germany and Austria, although she does not sing anymore in the US and is completely underappreciated here because of her underrepresentation. She made this recording at 58, and contrary to almost any other singer at that age, is at the very top of her form. The Slovakian dramatic coloratura is one of the greatest wonders in operatic longevity ever.

It is grossly incorrect to call Norma a "bel canto" opera, nor can it be sung in a bel canto style. Norma's vocal type is not the traditional coloratura of the bel canto era. Norma must sing fast, ornamented runs with the agility of a coloratura but combined with the dark resonance of a dramatic soprano. Richard Wagner, who would later compose some of opera's greatest music for the dramatic dramatic soprano, found inspiration in Bellini's music, and at times in the opera Norma, one could mistake his writing for Wagner's. Bellini, in fact, predated Wagner. While bel canto elements can be isolated in parts of the opera, it is an oversimplification to consider Norma a bel canto opera because of the convergence of so many other elements that would set the stage of the more dramatic and darker periods that would enter later into the genre.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Montenegro on January 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
There are plenty of recordings of Norma, but this one offers the work without cuts and the aria casta diva in the original key (as done with the Sutherland-Horne studio recording). Gruberova does a very good job, but not in the dramatic soprano way, but in the pure bel canto style. That does not mean that dramma is lacking in this Norma: Gruberova has all the resources to make the most of the dramatic moments, and she SINGS the roll (something many sopranos forget when doing Norma). This Norma does not replace the Callas, Sutherland, Gencer and caballe recordings, but makes a good contribution to them bringing the lyrical core of the roll and including great music that has been traditional cut. The rest of the cast is in good level and Elina Garanca is a great Adalgisa: creamy, young, even voice with great sense of style.
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By J Pavel on September 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine live recording and you get the occasional cough.
But Gruberova still has it all and Garanca is shear pleasure to listen to.
If you like Bellini, this one is for you.

Adam Soleil is completely of his trolly and clueless.
He should try playing the triangle and not bother with opera.
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