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Donizetti: Maria Padilla

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Audio CD, September 13, 2005
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Maria Padilla was one of the most successful of Donizetti’s mature, later operas, in his own time, but curiously it has not been in the forefront of the Donizetti revival that has flourished over the past few decades. First mounted during Carnival season in Milan in 1841, it remained popular for about 17 years, and then sank out of sight until this London revival in 1973. Every Donizetti fan will want this great budget recording!

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Janet Price, Christian du Plessis, Margreta Elkins, et al., vocal soloists/Opera Rara Chorus, Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Kenneth Montgomery, conductor

Disc: 1
1. Act One: Di Queste Ridenti Pacifiche Valli
2. Act One: Al Vostro Puro Omaggio
3. Act One: Sorride, O Caro Sposo
4. Act One: Ad Affrettar Vo' Il Sacro Rito
5. Act One: Ah! Non Sai Qual Incanto Si Cela
6. Act One: Don Alfonso Di Pardo E Il Conte Mendez
7. Act One: Lieto Fra Voi Ritorno
8. Act One: Or Al Tempio Moviam, Diletti Amici
9. Act One: Diletta Suora! Ella E Felice
10. Act One: Cuore Innocente E Tenero
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Disc: 2
1. Act Two: Alla Regina Madre, Oh Duca
2. Act Two: Dell'oltraggio La Macchia Nefanda
3. Act Two: Vada, Soffra, Quel Protervo
4. Act Three: E Quiete Profonda... Forse Ei Riposa
5. Act Three: E Col Tuo Nome Agli Accenti
6. Act Three: Su Quella Fronte Dal Dolor Chinata
7. Act Three: Padre, Padre... Oh Rio Dolore
8. Act Three: Ah, Se Ti Restan Lagrime
9. Act Three: Uno Sguardo, Un Detto Ancora
10. Act Three: Come Rosa Che S'apre Al Mattino
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Product Details

  • Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery
  • Audio CD (September 13, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera D'oro
  • ASIN: B000A2GGAG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ron B. on August 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Maria Padilla was Donizetti's 61st opera. First performed at La Scala in 1841, it was performed (according to the accompanying booklet) on a regular basis until 1848, after which it remained unperformed for 115 years. It was revived for a performance in London in 1973, apparently this live recording.

Maria Padilla is based on true events surrounding Pedro, King of Castile (Spain) from 1350 to 1369. The characters in the opera are all based on historical figures. For brevity, I'll not summarize the plot, but the music and the recording instead.

The cast is excellent. Janet Price makes a beautiful and expressive Maria Padilla and Christian du Plessis makes an impressive Pedro with his golden voice that is always under control. Mezzo Margreta Elkins makes an enjoyable and very solid Ines Padilla. Of special interest to residents of the southwestern U.S. will be the villanous character of Don Alfonso, the Duke of Albuquerque (the city in Spain not New Mexico - role sung well by Malcom King). The other singers are enjoyable and effective as well.

This opera is a bit unusual for Donizetti in that the character of some of the music fits the environment of its setting, Castillian Spain. In places, the music has a noticeable Spanish tinge to it and represents an attempt by Donizetti to melodically branch out a bit. There are some really beautiful arias and duets, especially one duet for Maria and Ines (soprano and mezzo combo). Other parts of the music, however, are formulaic Italianate Donizetti - not a bad thing certainly but it gives the impression that Donizetti either produced this opera on a tight schedule or perhaps that he was running out of ideas or inspiration at this late point in his career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Y. Tichenor on November 13, 2012
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This is an outstanding recording of a beautiful opera, Maria Padilla, by bell canto composer G. Donizetti. I am so glad I purchased it. It is not one of his most famous, but the music and the voices are wonderful. I highly recommend this recording to all lovers of the bell canto school of Italian opera!!!
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