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Maria Stuarda Regina Di Scozia Import


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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Opera Rara UK
  • ASIN: B000N6UGQE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #479,057 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 1. Coro, Duetto. Che bel piacer gradito
2. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 1. Scena, Aria. Che fai, mio cor, che pensi?
3. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 1. Quintetto. Chi mai temer potea
4. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 1. Scena, Aria. Chi mai temer potea
5. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 1. Finale. Ma, se innocente sei
6. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 2. Scena, Duetto. Ahi! scellerati! tutte
7. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 2. Scena, Aria. Ah! che finor fu vano
8. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 2. Duetto. Prendi la destra in pegno
9. Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia, opera in 2 acts: Act 2. Finale. Perfido! hai detto assai

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Hall on June 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
When thinking of an opera about the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots, one would normally jump immediately to the "Maria Stuarda" of Donizetti, a contemporary of Mercadante. Donizetti's opera is a gut-wrenching, if highly fictionalized, account of Mary Stuart's last days in captivity. Due to the sensationalism of the highly touted Confrontation Scene and the gorgeous music of Donizetti, it's not hard to figure out why his opera has remained much more popular than that of his contemporary. However, this "Maria Stuarda" is pleasing in its own way.

Mercadante was a close colleague of Rossini and can be considered one of the co-founders of the Bel-Canto era, even if his contributions are largely forgotten. His earlier take on the reign of Mary Stuart deals not with her last days as a prisoner, but rather, it involves the troubles of her early reign after having returned from France to find Scotland being torn apart by the religious factions of Catholics and Presbyterians. Censorship was a problem that plagued both Mercadante and Donizetti when writing about the various Queens of the Stuart/Tudor era, and the former found it difficult to write about the political turmoil without mentioning too much about the religious issues of the day. As such, the opera is left in a slightly awkward position. Regardless of this problems of the libretto, the opera seems to be fairly entertaining, though not quite groundbreaking.

Mercadante has left a piece with some beautiful music. The choral pieces, ensembles, duets, and arias are really rather good; it is unfortunate though that Opera Rara chose only to record the highlights of the opera, for the listening is left wondering if there is something truly good that would have made this a better selection in the long-run.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo Moog on September 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
How unfortunate that Opera Rara did not record a complete version of this very interesting opera, "Maria Stuarda, regina di Scozia" by Saverio Mercadante. On the other hand how fortunate that we are at least given the highlights and are able to hear and access more of Mercadante's considerable output. I would like to hear the whole opera sometime. From what is available on this single disc it appears to be a very compelling work set in Scotland during the brief period that Mary Stuart ruled Scotland as queen regnant. The accompaning book is Opera Rara's usual high quality with great, informative commentary by Jeremy Commons and complete libretto. Usually it's the libretto that's missing in opera recordings....in this case it's the music (is the opera more than cut in half?)The casting includes OR regulars Jennifer Larmore in the trousers role of Olfredo,Earl of Lennox and Manuela Custer (also trousered)as Carlo,Primate of Scotland. Larmore gives a stunning performance as the love interest of the Queen in this case Judith Howarth. The principals are rounded out with Colin Lee as Ormondo,and Pauls Putins,Commander of the guards.
Mercadante's 1822 score contains Rossinian elements for sure (& he dips into Rossini's 1816 Otello for some bits) but never for very long; he's inventive, fresh and lyrical. He certainly gives Olfredo and Stuarda some impassioned, challenging passages and both Howarth and Larmore deliver; Howarth most especially in 'Chi mai temer potea" with the Chorus & Larmore in her gorgeous aria "Ah, che finor fu vano" in Act 2 and then their (Stuarda & Olfredo) duet that immeadiately follows. Delicious! I think Howarth does an incredible job with the most florid parts and holds together beautifully in the very highest range.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Burton on July 22, 2008
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Number one: The world has been sitting far too long without large doses of Mercadante. A passionate, brilliant melodist, Mercadantes' rousing works inspire the soul to dance and hum along if one can, since subtle intricacies surprise the listener and what seems to be a melodies' natural course, twists just enough "out of the box" to make it unique and surprizing. A Donizetti contemporary - he might be said to have been the edgier one. Bless them both, but do give Saverio his due.

Number two: This particular work, Maria Stuarda regina di... is a sublime highlights offerring. It is one of the best I've encountered, particularly in light of the full libretto with markings for the sung and unsung. It works, because the music is so varied and the story so simple. It works because the talented cast and conductor are devoted to rock-solid ensemble performance. The arias, duets, the trios, the choruses are often breathtaking and the performer's characters could not have been molded better by The Actors Studio.

Number three: Everyone calm down and realize, that all performances are not funded nor gifted with everyone or everything they need for the "Grand Affair" of making opera. So choices are made. "How can we best present with what we have", is a typical, noble reaction to the difficulties which surround many great performances. That's likely to have happened here - and - out of the spare, has come a ravishing Maria, thoroughly fulfilling and far superior to most opera recordings, let alone highlight renderings. All one has to do is listen to the dreadful mish-mash of ORs L'Esule di Granata Highlights to notice.

Get into this piece, libretto in hand and read along at first hearing. You will be bowled over - and of all things, at Mary Stuart's happy years. Who'd have thunk it? Bravo OR!
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