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Mercadante: Emma d'Antiochia Box set, Import

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Disc: 1

  1. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Sinfonia
  2. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Coro. Della Sidonia porpora
  3. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Duetto. I tuoi sospetti, Adelia
  4. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Coro. Quai lieti suoni?
  5. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Stretta. Vieni e per noi cominciano
  6. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Recitative. Son ne' miei Lari!... ch'io t'abbracci ancora
  7. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Cavatina. Il mio cuore, il cor paterno
  8. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Introduzione. Cabaletta. Se una madre io diedi a voi
  9. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena. Or che di tanto evento
  10. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena e Cavatina. Aria. Ah! se commossa io sono
  11. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena e Cavatina. Cabaletta. Nobil signor perdonami
  12. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena ed aria. Scena. Nel mio cuore lacerato
  13. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena ed aria. Aria. Io soffrir: mortale in terra
  14. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena e duetto. Scena. Sola son'io
  15. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena e duetto. Duetto. Amai quell'alma ingenua
  16. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Scena e duetto. Andante. Emma!... Ruggier!
  17. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Finale Primo. Scena. Ciel! qual suon? Ah!
  18. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Finale Primo. Quartetto. Ei qui dianzi... a me... l'amante
  19. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Finale Primo. Coro. Al tempio!
  20. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 1. Finale Primo. Stretta. Ah! nel tuo volto splendere

Disc: 2

  1. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Introduzione. Introduzione. Banda sul palco
  2. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Introduzione. Recitative. Oh! qual disegno in mente
  3. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Introduzione. Coro. Addio!... Le stelle ascondono
  4. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Introduzione. Scena. Sei tu? Son io
  5. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Finale Secondo. Duetto. Fuggi meco
  6. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Finale Secondo. Trio. Cielo! sei tu che il vindice
  7. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 2. Finale Secondo. Stretta. La vittima vostra

Disc: 3

  1. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Introduzione. Ella a ciascuno involasi...
  2. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Recitative. A me Ruggiero
  3. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Aria. Non sai tu che il mondo intero
  4. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena ed aria. Cabaletta. Ah! non fia che maledetto
  5. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena e duetto. Duetto. Emma! Tu qui?
  6. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena e duetto. Andante. Il cor, il cor che svegliasi
  7. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena e duetto. Scena. Or va: - comincia a sorgere
  8. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Scena e duetto. Cabaletta. Se mai piangente e supplice
  9. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Finale Ultimo. Scena. Emma... t'affretta
  10. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Finale Ultimo. Aria. In quest'ora fatale e temuta
  11. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Finale Ultimo. Cabaletta. Parta, parta. - Ed io pure, ed io pure
  12. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Finale Ultimo. Duetto. Mi lasciate!... Empia donna!
  13. Emma d' Antiochia, opera: Act 3. Finale Ultimo. Lento. Ah! perdona al duol estremo


Product Details

  • Performer: Nelly Miricioiu
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Composer: Saverio Mercadante
  • Audio CD (August 1, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: OPERA RARA
  • ASIN: B00020HENO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #466,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The story of Emma d'Antiochia is depressing indeed. During the Crusades, Corrado, Count of Tyre, returns from a relaxing holiday of Muslim-bashing with a new wife, Emma. Meanwhile, his nephew, Ruggiero, is about to marry Corrado's daughter, Adelia (no, Tyre is not in Appalachia). Adelia doesn't trust her boyfriend, and is suspicious that he never really got over his first love. Not surprisingly, it turns out that his first love was none other than Emma. Of course, Emma and Ruggiero try to hide their former acquaintance, but after soldiering on for all of ten minutes, they can't keep their hands to themselves. They are eventually caught in flagrante delicto after deciding to elope together. A furious but forgiving Corrado exiles Ruggiero, Adelia goes bonkers, and Emma guzzles poison while her young Arab slave Aladino (who is secretly in love with her) skewers himself on his dagger. In short, it's a typical romantic melodrama.
Opera Rara's concert performance of the opera last October was so enthusiastically received by the audience that it's difficult to explain the venomous response of critics to the opera. "Grindingly mechanical" and "immensely formulaic" were some of the charges leveled, but having attended, and now having owned the studio recording, it is hard for me to understand these criticisms.
With some Donizetti operas, you can hum along even if you've never heard the music. Mercadante continually surprises - and pleasantly. This is refreshing music, and while there can be no mistake about the period to which it belongs, it is seldom predictable. The entire first act is one homogenous whole, without distinct 'numbers' that could be performed out of context.
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Mercadante's richly textured score & refreshingly melodic music in this opera: "Emma D'Antiochia" may add a nostalgic tinge of "bel canto" eagerness to those previously embedded only in Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi... and it is not devoid of unexpected springy rhytms and arresting melodies in the caballetas.

The plot was criticized as depicting the worst excesses of romaticism (an its evident lack of morality for 1830' standards) when the opera was premiered in Venice in 1834:

Corrado, Prince of Tyre, brings home a new bride, Emma of Antioch, only to discover that she is an old flame of one Ruggiero, now engaged to Corrado's daughter Adelia. It all ends in tears, of course, as well as banishment (for Ruggiero) and a brace of suicides (Emma and her faithful slave).

Emma D'Antiochia has some wonderful music from quite another world... one of alarming and fulfilling exquisiteness! It is quiet a feast to hear Nelly Miricioiu sings with a tremendous palette of tonal colors, and a delicate juggling with the phrasing of her coloratura that will make us expect another performance soon, may be of Mercadante's masterpiece: "Il Guiramento"?
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