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Opera Explained: DONIZETTI - L'elisir d'amore (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: DONIZETTI - L'elisir d'amore (Smillie)

Opera Explained
This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

An Introduction to... DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore
Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet

L'elisir d'amore, or The Elixir of Love, has remained popular for almost two centuries because of a touching tale and a galaxy of comic characters adapted from the traditional commedia dell' arte. Above all Donizetti poured into the score all the warmth and tenderness of the Italian temperament. His melodic invention never ceases to charm whether in the jolly rustic choruses, the exhilarating 'patter' numbers, or the sweet sadness of the beautiful arias, of which 'Una furtiva lagrima,' the great tenor showpiece, is the best known.

Donizetti, Gaetano

  An Introduction to ... DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore
1.   Background: Intdocution 00:04:21
2.   Background: The 'bel canto' era 00:03:35
3.   Background: Rossini and Bellini 00:06:52
4.   Background: Donizetti 00:03:29
5.   Background: The Scottish connection 00:03:37
6.   Background: Johann Simon Mayr 00:03:08
7.   Background: Donizetti's first successes 00:02:52
8.   L'elisir d'amore: Background to L'elisir d'amore 00:03:29
9.   L'elisir d'amore: The opening: Adina and Nemorino 00:05:59
10.   L'elisir d'amore: Sergeant Belcore 00:06:41
11.   L'elisir d'amore: Dr Dulcamara 00:06:54
12.   L'elisir d'amore: Act I finale 00:05:15
13.   L'elisir d'amore: Act II opening: Adina and Belcore's engagement 00:03:58
14.   L'elisir d'amore: Nemorino's enlistment and Adina's discovery 00:08:35
15.   L'elisir d'amore: 'Una furtiva lagrima' 00:03:38
16.   L'elisir d'amore: A happy ending 00:05:28

Total Playing Time: 01:17:51

Donizetti, Gaetano

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558120

Barcode: 0636943812020

Physical Release: 06/2003

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