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Donizetti: Maria Stuarda

De Biasio , Alberghini , Piscitelli , Lanza , Polverelli , Cassi , Coro Lirico Marchigiano , Donizetti , Crescenzi , Frizza Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Crescenzi, Frizza
  • Composer: Donizetti
  • Audio CD (December 15, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos Opera
  • ASIN: B002TMLRUY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,692 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Introduction
2. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Ah! Quando all'ara scorgemi
3. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Ah! Dal ciel discenda un raggio
4. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Fra voi perché non veggio Leicester?
5. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Hai nelle giostre, o Talbot, chiesto di me?
6. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Ah! Rimiro il bel sembiante
7. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Se fida tanto colei m'amò
8. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Sei tu confuso?
9. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Era d'amor l'immagine
10. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 1. Sul crin la rivale
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. E pensi? E tardi?
2. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Quella vita a me funesta
3. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Vanne, indegno: t'appare sul volto
4. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. La perfida insultarmi anche volea
5. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Oh mio buon Talbot!
6. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Quando di luce rosea
7. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Lascia contenta al carcere
8. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Vedeste?... Vedemmo... Qual truce apparato!
9. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Deh! Tu di un'umile preghiera il suono
10. Maria Stuarda, opera: Act 3. Di un cor che more reca il perdono
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Editorial Reviews

In Donizetti's opera Maria Stuarda the rôles of the doomed queen and her cousin, Elizabeth I, have been taken by some of the greatest divas, from Malibran to Gruberova and Tosi to Baltsa, each revelling in the high drama of their tragically linked fates.
'Contributing greatly to the success of the work, the young Maestro Riccardo Frizza revealed himself as a deep and sensitive interpreter of this score, managing to capture all
the nuances of Donizetti's music … Laura Polverelli portrayed with elegance and pride the character of Elizabeth, her furies, doubts and jealousies; Maria Pia Piscitelli was a
wonderful Maria Stuarda, passionate, sorrowful, proud, dignified when sentenced to
death, recalling her past sins yet conscious of her innocence.' (MusiCulturA)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Donizetti Maria Stuarda January 1, 2010
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Mary Stuart, a Catholic and heiress to the Scottish throne, was a tragic figure in the violent religious struggles that ensued after the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne after her father Henry VIII's death. Actual historical events thus provided a superb operatic opportunity. As Donizetti's opera "Maria Stuarda" begins, Mary is already imprisoned at Fotheringay Castle. Queen Elizabeth contemplates marriage with the King of France in order to avert a threatened alliance between Scotland and France, but she is torn between her duty to England and her love for the Earl of Leicester. Leicester, who adores Mary and wishes to secure her freedom, pleads with Elizabeth for Mary's life and gives her a letter from Mary, in which she requests a meeting. Elizabeth surmises that Mary, having failed to secure the English crown, seeks to deprive her of Leicester. Elizabeth and Mary meet and a violent quarrel ensues in which they trade insults. Elizabeth vows to have Mary executed. Encouraged by William Cecil, Elizabeth ignores Leicester's pleading and signs the death warrant. The opera ends as Mary walks to her execution.
The opera's composition and productions seemed to be jinxed: Donizetti hired the amateur poet Giuseppe Bardari because his regular librettist refused the task; the King of Naples attended the 1834 dress rehearsal and banned the opera because it was too tragic. Donizetti transformed "Maria Stuarda" into "Buondelmonte" (set in Italy), which failed. "Maria Stuarda" was presented in Milan in 1835, but after seven performances the censors suddenly demanded changes. The opera was abandoned for 123 years, when 1958 and 1963 performances were marred by cast illnesses. A 1966 London performance was finally triumphant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Donizetti: Maria Stuarda October 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda is a recording under the direction of Riccardo Frizza who leads Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana on this Naxos recording from 2007. The booklet is very short and contains 12 pages. It contains a biography of Donizetti, a synopsis and biographies of the performers and the conductor, and orchestra. However it contains no lyrics and it is only available in English. Recommended. 4/5.
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