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Opera Explained: ROSSINI - Tancredi (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: ROSSINI - Tancredi (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... ROSSINI Tancredi

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-080-7
Cat. no.: 8.558121

Rossini's comic operas, like The Barber of Seville, are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, William Tell, is actually credited with launching the whole age of Grand Opéra. Tancredi is an early work –
indeed his first smash hit – and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied to a sure dramatic sense, and several of the arias, including the famous 'Di tanti palpiti', are magnificent examples of the sort of virtuoso vocal writing that earns the title 'bel canto': 'beautiful singing', first and last.

  An Introduction to... ROSSINI Tancredi
1.   Introduction: Rossini's background 00:03:09
2.   Rossini's operatic overtures 00:05:42
3.   Semiramide and William Tell 00:04:17
4.   Rossini's career and Tancredi 00:04:06
5.   The plot and the beginning 00:07:01
6.   Virtuosic tenors and Argirio's aria 00:05:43
7.   Tancredi's arrival 00:06:55
8.   Recitativo strumentato: Amenaide must obey her father 00:03:42
9.   Duet: Tancredi and Amenaide 00:05:21
10.   Act I: Finale 00:05:55
11.   Act II, Scene 1: Isaura's aria di sorbetto 00:04:52
12.   Amenaide in prison 00:04:39
13.   Tancredi's victory 00:03:59
14.   Tancredi's 'grand scena' 00:07:17
15.   The happy ending wins 00:04:56

Total Playing Time: 01:17:34

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558121

Barcode: 0636943812129

Physical Release: 08/2004

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