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Vives: Dona Francisquita


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1. Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts: Act 1. Cuando un hombre se quiere casar (fin de scène)
2. Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts: Act 1. Canción del ruiseñor
3. Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts: Act 1. Scène et finale du premier acte
4. Doña Francisquita, zarzuela in 3 acts: Act 2. Scène et Cofradía de la Bulla

Product Details

  • Performer: Maria Bayo, Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Antoni Ros Marbà
  • Composer: Amadeo Vives
  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naive
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005Q77Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2003
I know nothing about zarzuela, that Spanish light opera that is so popular in Hispanic countries and next to uknown elsewhere. I ran across a recent Naxos release, 'Preludes and Choruses from Zarzuela,' and was smacked between the eyes. So when this release came my way I pricked up my ears. Amadeo Vives's 'Doña Francisquita' is accounted by many to be the best zarzuela ever written. I wouldn't know; but I do know that this music is infectious. This recording is a re-release of a 1993 Valois label recording starring the classiest of Spanish tenors, Alfredo Kraus, and María Bayo, a crystalline-voiced soprano. Kraus was sixty-five when he recorded it, but aside from some wear in the voice and a little uncertainty at high volume, his singing is as elegant as ever. The whole production is under the direction of conductor Antoni Ros Marbà, with chorus and orchestra from Tenerife.
I won't recount the story of the piece. It's a fairly typical romantic comedy with misunderstandings, comic bits, open-faced romantic songs. It has something I don't think I've encountered before in opera--a pants-role-in-reverse. I guess one could call it a 'skirt role.' The hero, Fernando, has a best friend, Cardona, and from the middle of Act II on he is dressed as a very attractive woman. Well, I guess if Leonore can be Fidelio, I guess Cardona can be a vamp who attracts all kinds of male attention.
Several points about this recording. Zarzuela, like much operetta, Singspiel and opéra comique, has spoken dialog. It has been omitted in this Spanish-language production, which is just as well for us non-Hispanophones. This makes for an uninterrupted parade of choruses, dances, arias, duos, all with infectious tunes that, I promise you, will stay in your inner ear for hours or days.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. W. Sterner on May 13, 2009
Maria Bayo is fantastic in the title role. The rest of the cast is well balanced, the orchestra is great, and the excitement of the production is evident throughout. Recorded sound is very clear, the Spanish diction is also very clear.
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