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Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore

Gaetano Donizetti , Thomas Schippers , The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra , The Metropolitan Opera Chorus , Roberta Peters , Carlo Bergonzi , Frank Guarrera , Fernando Corena , Loretta Di Franco Audio CD
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listen  1. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Act I: Preludio (Prelude)Thomas Schippers;Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 2:55Album Only
listen  2. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Bel conforto al mietitoreLoretta Di Franco 1:54Album Only
listen  3. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Quanto è bella, quanto è cara! - Chi la mente mi rischiara?Carlo Bergonzi;Loretta Di Franco 3:46Album Only
listen  4. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Benedette queste carte!Roberta Peters;Loretta Di Franco;Carlo Bergonzi 4:30Album Only
listen  5. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: MarzialeThomas Schippers;Metropolitan Opera Orchestra 1:09Album Only
listen  6. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Come Paride vezzosoFrank Guarrera;Roberta Peters;Loretta Di Franco;Carlo Bergonzi 2:55Album Only
listen  7. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Or se m'ami, come io t'amoFrank Guarrera;Roberta Peters;Carlo Bergonzi;Loretta Di Franco 3:11Album Only
listen  8. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Intanto, o mia ragazzaFrank Guarrera;Roberta Peters0:37Album Only
listen  9. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Una parola, o AdinaCarlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 1:46Album Only
listen10. Chiedi all'aura lusinghieraRoberta Peters;Carlo Bergonzi 5:59Album Only
listen11. Che vuol dire codesta suonata?Thomas Schippers;Metropolitan Opera Chorus 1:29Album Only
listen12. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Udite, udite, o rusticiFernando Corena 6:52Album Only
listen13. Ardir! Ha forse il cieloCarlo Bergonzi;Fernando Corena0:40Album Only
listen14. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Voglio dire, lo stupendo ElisirCarlo Bergonzi;Fernando Corena 6:30Album Only
listen15. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Caro Elisir! Sei mio!Carlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 3:15Album Only
listen16. Esulti pur la barbaraCarlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 4:28Album Only
listen17. Tran, tran, tran ... In guerra ed in amorFrank Guarrera;Roberta Peters;Carlo Bergonzi 2:41Album Only
listen18. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Signor sargenteLoretta Di Franco;Frank Guarrera;Carlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 2:38Album Only
listen19. Adina credimiCarlo Bergonzi;Frank Guarrera;Roberta Peters;Loretta Di Franco 4:19Album Only
listen20. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Andiam, BelcoreRoberta Peters;Carlo Bergonzi;Loretta Di Franco;Frank Guarrera 2:43Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Act II: Cantiamo, facciam brindisiFrank Guarrera;Fernando Corena;Loretta Di Franco 3:27Album Only
listen  2. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Io son ricco e tu sei bella - Silenzio! È qua il NotaroFernando Corena;Roberta Peters;Frank Guarrera 3:18Album Only
listen  3. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Le feste nuzialiCarlo Bergonzi;Fernando Corena 1:47Album Only
listen  4. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: La donna è un animaleFrank Guarrera;Carlo Bergonzi 2:21Album Only
listen  5. Ai perigli della guerra - Qua la mano, giovinottoCarlo Bergonzi;Frank Guarrera 5:15Album Only
listen  6. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Saria possibile?Loretta Di Franco 3:37Album Only
listen  7. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Dell'elisir mirabileCarlo Bergonzi;Loretta Di Franco;Roberta Peters;Fernando Corena 3:58Album Only
listen  8. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Io già m'immaginoCarlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters;Fernando Corena;Loretta Di Franco 1:31Album Only
listen  9. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Come sen va contento! -Quanto amore!Roberta Peters;Fernando Corena 5:23Album Only
listen10. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Una tenera occhiatinaRoberta Peters;Fernando Corena 2:35Album Only
listen11. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Una furtiva lagrimaCarlo Bergonzi 5:20Album Only
listen12. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Eccola. Oh! Qual le accresce beltàCarlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 1:04Album Only
listen13. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Prendi, per me sei liberoRoberta Peters 3:25Album Only
listen14. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Or, or si spiega - Il mio rigor dimenticaCarlo Bergonzi;Roberta Peters 3:30Album Only
listen15. L'Elisir d'Amore - Highlights: Alto! Fronte!Frank Guarrera;Roberta Peters;Fernando Corena;Carlo Bergonzi0:50Album Only
listen16. Ei corregge ogni difettoFernando Corena;Roberta Peters;Carlo Bergonzi;Frank Guarrera 1:54Album Only


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  • Performer: The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Roberta Peters, Carlo Bergonzi, Frank Guarrera, Fernando Corena, et al.
  • Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Composer: Gaetano Donizetti
  • Audio CD (January 17, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • ASIN: B006DQ1IX8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two CD archive release. Direct from the Metropolitan Opera's archives, these complete live recordings are taken from the historic Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts and are newly remastered from the original sources. All feature great singers in live performance, at the height of their careers.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Matt B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This performance of Donizetti's perennial favorite is indeed a treasure! To begin, it features the animated and vivacious Adina of Roberta Peters who is not overly represented on records as well as MET favorite Frank Guarrera as Belcore. Include the classic Dulcamara of Fernando Corena, plus the alert conducting of Thomas Schippers, and one is guaranteed a quite respectable performance.

However, added into this already notable equation is the haunting and extraordinary Nemorino of Carlo Bergonzi. What can one say! They just don't make tenors like this nowadays... well they do, but they somehow don't exude the sophistication, style, and eloquence of Bergonzi at his best... and please be assured that on this occasion Signor Bergonzi is indeed at his absolute best!

One need only listen to the tenor's brief opening aria to realize that a very special performance is in the making... and by the time we reach the show-stopping aria "Una furtiva lagrima" the promise is not only realized, but carried out in spades. Indeed, on this occasion Bergonzi gives the most heartfelt rendition of this aria that I have ever heard... One not only feels for the plight of the unfortunate Nemorino, but one is simply in awe of the liquid tones and seamless legato that Bergonzi relishes on the piece. His interpretation of this aria alone is more than worth the price of admission... and as such should be required listening not only for aspiring tenors, but a few present-day world-class tenors as well!

Unfortunately many of the traditional cuts common at the time are taken... still, every aria and ensemble is included, if not in entirely complete form... and that along with the monaural sound might preclude this release from being an absolute first choice L'Elisir.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lighter Than Air March 8, 2012
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This is a broadcast of the Nathaniel Merrill production, in which Dulcamara entered and exited in a hot air balloon -- an actual deus ex machina, although comic rather than stern and godlike. The whole performance is appropriately lighter than air and -- sonics aside -- about as fine as you are apt to find anywhere. Top vocal honors, of course, go to Roberta Peters as Adina and Carlo Bergonzi as Nemorino, who sings an "Una furtiva lagrima" that is a textbook lesson in bel canto. Dulcamara is delightfully portrayed by Fernando Corena, and Frank Guarrera blusters nicely as Belcore. All are deftly supported by Thomas Schippers in the pit.

(Incidentally, this was one of the last broadcasts from the Old Met.)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent L'ELISIR January 17, 2012
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Here is another broadcast from when the the Met really was THE Met, attracting the world's finest singers and conductors. Carlo Bergonzi is a legend with a rich, beautifully-produced voice that could do justice to Radames and Manrico as well as a tender Nemorino. Roberta Peters had a long career of Met roles, dramatic and light, performing all with vitality.

Another plus is that, for one of its few times, the Sony hype of "first time on CD" is true. It's too bad Sony doesn't stick to previously unreleased broadcasts to give us treasures that really haven't been available before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful December 27, 2012
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Roberta Peters and Carlo Bergonzi are marvelous.
I enjoyed it as much as the audience. Enjoy this fine L'Elisir many times.
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