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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore Import

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Acclaimed series of historic re-issues showcasing the legendary crown jewels of Decca's catalog. Offered with direct-from-master transfers at a super-budget price. Distinctively designed packages showcase recordings that are regularly recognized as the benchmark standard to which all others are compared. Featuring Erich Kleiber, Georg Solti, Lisa della Casa, Giuseppe di Stefano, George London, Cesare Siepi, Julius Katchen and many others

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Preludio
  2. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Bel conforto al mietitore
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!
  4. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Benedette queste carte!
  5. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Come Paride vezzoso
  6. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Or se m'ami, com'io t'amo
  7. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 1. Una parola, o Adina
  8. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Che vuol dire cotesta suonata?
  9. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Udite, udite, o rustici
  10. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Ardir! Ha forse il cielo mandato
  11. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Voglio dire, lo stupendo elisir
  12. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Caro elisir! sei mio!
  13. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Chi è mai quel matto?
  14. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Esulti pur la barbara
  15. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Tran tran tran tran
  16. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Signor sargente
  17. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Scene 2. Adina, credimi, te ne scongiuro

Disc: 2

  1. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 1. Cantiamo, cantiamo, cantiamo
  2. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 1. Barcaruola a due voci
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 1. Silenzio! E' qua il notaro
  4. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 1. La donna è un animale
  5. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 1. Ai perigli della guerra
  6. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Saria possibile? - Possibilissimo
  7. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Dell'elisir mirabile
  8. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Quanto amore! Ed io, spietata!
  9. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Una furtiva lagrima
  10. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Prendi; per me sei libero
  11. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Alto! Fronte! Che vedo?
  12. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 2. Scene 2. Ei corregge ogni difetto


Product Details

  • Orchestra: Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale
  • Conductor: Fiorentino/Francesco Molinari-Prandelli
  • Composer: Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti
  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B002BFIN2E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In this recording, made in 1955, the lyrical quality of di Stefano's singing was taking a hit from his tendency to take on heavier roles. Even so, his singing of "Una furtiva lagrima" is very good indeed. Hilde Gueden is an interesting choice for Adina. She scoops too much for good bel canto singing but the tone is always easy on the ear. Capecchi swaggers nicely as Belcore and Corena's traditionally buffo Dulcamara is well sung. Molinari-Pradelli keeps things moving without displaying the affection for the piece that Serafin shows in his EMI effort of roughly the same period and gets good playing from the Maggio Musicale forces.

Typical for its time, the recording is cut, including a big excision after the discovery of Nemorino's inheritance. The sound is definitely showing its age. Ensemble climaxes tend to distort and the stereo sound is not very well organized - not surprising given that Victor Olof, the producer, was not convinced of the need for stereophonic sound at the time. (John Culshaw records in his memoirs that as Olof's assistant, he was assigned to development of stereophonic opera, a task Olof considered "of no importance.")

I had not heard this venerable recording since its incarnation on London's Opera Treasury years ago. It was good to hear it again, but if you are only buying one recording, I suggest Decca's 70s production with Pavarotti's golden toned Nemorino, despite Sutherland's droopy Adina and lower male voices that are only so-so. It is complete and in good sound.
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I'm a big Hilde Gueden fan, and I bought this primarily to hear her take on this ideally coquettish role for her. She does not disappoint, but the pleasant surprise was how compelling De Stefano is here, tender and moving in ways he is not always when paired with Callas, as he so often was. The sound is not up to Decca's best for the era, quite clear and open at times, but often muffled, and there is obvious wear on the tapes. Still, Decca was doing great work at the time, and this only suffers by comparison to the Decca engineers' best efforts. Well worth owning, a treat really.
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