Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's 1955 recording of "L'elisir d'amore" features a group of stars at the height of their powers in roles in which they are idiomatically fluent and which vocally and dramatically suit them ideally. Outstanding in the very fine cast is Giuseppe di Stefano; he is fully successful at avoiding caricature and making Nemorino a believable, three-dimensional character. This music seems to be in his blood, and his voice is warmly resonant and lovingly colored. He shines not only in the showpieces, "Una furtiva lagrima" and "Quanto ? bella, quanto ? cara," but the numerous opportunities Donizetti offers for passionate, lyrical expressiveness. Hilde Gueden is an adorable, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
Decca's 1955 recording of "L'elisir d'amore" features a group of stars at the height of their powers in roles in which they are idiomatically fluent and which vocally and dramatically suit them ideally. Outstanding in the very fine cast is Giuseppe di Stefano; he is fully successful at avoiding caricature and making Nemorino a believable, three-dimensional character. This music seems to be in his blood, and his voice is warmly resonant and lovingly colored. He shines not only in the showpieces, "Una furtiva lagrima" and "Quanto è bella, quanto è cara," but the numerous opportunities Donizetti offers for passionate, lyrical expressiveness. Hilde Gueden is an adorable, vivacious Adina, and her singing is bright and gleaming. Fernando Corena, a legendary Dulcamara, brings plenty of fun and vocal sparkle to the role, but his humor is nicely understated. As Belcore, Renato Capecchi's voice is darkly commanding. Luisa Mandelli doesn't have the vocal sheen to put her in the same league as the others, but her Giannetta is sharply characterized. The uniform excellence of the principals would be reason enough to cherish this performance, but the fact that it is very much an ensemble effort makes it even more attractive. Francesco Molinari-Pradelli leads the Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a fleet and limber reading of the score. The sound is clean and the balance is good. This version should be of interest to anyone who loves the opera, and any fans of good old-fashioned bel canto performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947817246
  • Catalog Number: 001305502
  • Sales rank: 163,430

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Disc 1
  1. 1–29 L'elisir d'amore, opera - Gaetano Donizetti & Renato Capecchi (108:56)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Conducted byFrancesco Molinari-Pradelli
    Performed byRenato Capecchi, Fernando Corena, Hilde Güden, Luisa Mandelli, Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra, Giuseppe di Stefano, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Choir
    1. 1Preludio
    2. 2Act 1. Scene 1. Bel conforto al mietitore
    3. 3Act 1. Scene 1. Quanto è bella, quanto è cara!
    4. 4Act 1. Scene 1. Benedette queste carte!
    5. 5Act 1. Scene 1. Come Paride vezzoso
    6. 6Act 1. Scene 1. Or se m'ami, com'io t'amo
    7. 7Act 1. Scene 1. Una parola, o Adina
    8. 8Act 1. Scene 2. Che vuol dire cotesta suonata?
    9. 9Act 1. Scene 2. Udite, udite, o rustici
    10. 10Act 1. Scene 2. Ardir! Ha forse il cielo mandato
    11. 11Act 1. Scene 2. Voglio dire, lo stupendo elisir
    12. 12Act 1. Scene 2. Caro elisir! sei mio!
    13. 13Act 1. Scene 2. Chi è mai quel matto?
    14. 14Act 1. Scene 2. Esulti pur la barbara
    15. 15Act 1. Scene 2. Tran tran tran tran
    16. 16Act 1. Scene 2. Signor sargente
    17. 17Act 1. Scene 2. Adina, credimi, te ne scongiuro
    18. 18Act 2. Scene 1. Cantiamo, cantiamo, cantiamo
    19. 19Act 2. Scene 1. Barcaruola a due voci
    20. 20Act 2. Scene 1. Silenzio! E' qua il notaro
    21. 21Act 2. Scene 1. La donna è un animale
    22. 22Act 2. Scene 1. Ai perigli della guerra
    23. 23Act 2. Scene 2. Saria possibile? - Possibilissimo
    24. 24Act 2. Scene 2. Dell'elisir mirabile
    25. 25Act 2. Scene 2. Quanto amore! Ed io, spietata!
    26. 26Act 2. Scene 2. Una furtiva lagrima
    27. 27Act 2. Scene 2. Prendi; per me sei libero
    28. 28Act 2. Scene 2. Alto! Fronte! Che vedo?
    29. 29Act 2. Scene 2. Ei corregge ogni difetto
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Performance Credits
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli Primary Artist
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