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DISCOVER OPERA

The 'Discover' series opens the door to key areas of classical music. Through a combination of illustrative music tracks and a richly filled booklet, the exploration is both revealing and enjoyable.

Includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Berg, Britten, Birtwistle, Adams and others.

Author: Nick Kimberley
2 CDs with 170-page booklet:

  • 25,000-word essay
  • Timeline of events in opera, history, art & literature
  • Richly illustrated with photographs

For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence.  Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of our lives, its best-loved tunes heard on football terraces, in films and advertisements, and even at the opera house. From Monteverdi’s Orfeo to Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, by way of Handel and Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, Puccini and Stravinsky, Discover Opera surveys the entire history of this extravagant yet intimate art form. Along the way we encounter duelling composers, superstar castratos, abandoned heroines driven mad by passion and swashbuckling heroes striving for elusive high notes. There is love, there is murder, there are shepherds and nymphs, gypsies and queens, an earthquake and a poisonous snake. All play their part in the history of opera, the art form that brings together all the arts in a lavish combination of emotion and spectacle.



Disc 1

Vecchi, Orazio

  L'Amfiparnaso, Act II Scene 2: Vien'a qua (Cardon, Zanni)
1.   L'Amfiparnaso, Act II Scene 2: Vien'a qua (Cardon, Zanni) 00:02:46

Monteverdi, Claudio
Striggio, Alessandro, lyricist(s)

  L'Orfeo (excerpts)
2.   Toccata 00:01:55
3.   Act I: Rosa del ciel (Orfeo) 00:03:37
4.   Act II: Ahi caso acerbo (Messaggiera) 00:01:37

Cavalli, Francesco
Faustini, Giovanni, lyricist(s)

  Calisto, Act III Scene 7: Dolcissimi baci (Endimione, Diana)
5.   Calisto, Act III Scene 7: Dolcissimi baci (Endimione, Diana) 00:02:46

Purcell, Henry
Tate, Nahum, lyricist(s)

  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2 (excerpts)
6.   Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido) 00:00:58
7.   When I am laid in earth (Dido) 00:03:42

Handel, George Frideric
Rossi, Giacomo, lyricist(s)

  Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga (Almirena)
8.   Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga (Almirena) 00:03:37

Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Bernard, Pierre-Joseph, lyricist(s)

  Castor et Pollux, Act II Scene 2: Tristes apprets (Telaire)
9.   Castor et Pollux, Act II Scene 2: Tristes apprets (Telaire) 00:05:12

Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Calzabigi, Ranieri, lyricist(s)

  Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo)
10.   Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo) 00:03:26

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, lyricist(s)

  Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento… (Susanna)
11.   Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento… (Susanna) 00:04:26
  Don Giovanni, K. 527 (excerpts)
12.   Act I: Aria: Fin ch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni) 00:01:25
13.   Act II: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni) 00:01:55

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Schikaneder, Emanuel, lyricist(s)

  Die Zauberflote, K. 620, Act I: Recitative and Aria: O zitt're nicht,… (Queen of the Night)
14.   Die Zauberflote, K. 620, Act I: Recitative and Aria: O zitt're nicht,… (Queen of the Night) 00:04:43

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Sonnleithner, Joseph / Treitschke, Georg Friedrich, lyricist(s)

  Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin (Leonore)
15.   Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin (Leonore) 00:07:25

Wagner, Richard

  Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)
16.   Prelude 00:11:43
17.   Act III Scene 3: Mild und leise wie er lachelt (Isolde), "Liebestod" 00:06:38

Rossini, Gioachino

  La cenerentola, Act I Scene 3: Duet and Finale: Zitto, zitto, piano, piano (Ramiro, Dandini,…)
18.   La cenerentola, Act I Scene 3: Duet and Finale: Zitto, zitto, piano, piano (Ramiro, Dandini, Clarinda, Tisbe) 00:05:12

Donizetti, Gaetano
Cammarano, Salvadore, lyricist(s)

  Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III Scene 2: Ardon gli incensi (Lucia)
19.   Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III Scene 2: Ardon gli incensi (Lucia) 00:05:22


Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Piave, Francesco Maria, lyricist(s)

  Rigoletto (excerpts)
1.   Prelude 00:01:57
2.   Act III Scene 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:04:12

Verdi, Giuseppe
Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

  Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Facciamo il parentado … Tutto nel mundo e burla (Ford, Falstaff,…)
3.   Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Facciamo il parentado … Tutto nel mundo e burla (Ford, Falstaff,…) 00:03:23

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Madama Butterfly, Act I: Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly)
4.   Madama Butterfly, Act I: Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly) 00:07:27

Berlioz, Hector
Berlioz, Hector, lyricist(s)

  Les Troyens, Act V Scene 2: Adieu, fiere cite (Didon)
5.   Les Troyens, Act V Scene 2: Adieu, fiere cite (Didon) 00:03:47

Bizet, Georges
Halevy, Ludovic / Meilhac, Henri, lyricist(s)

  Carmen (excerpts)
6.   Prelude 00:03:34
7.   Act IV: Viva! (People, Don Jose, Carmen) 00:03:29

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Shilovsky, Konstantin / Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich, lyricist(s)

  Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Puskaj pogibnu ja (Tatyana), "Letter Scene"
8.   Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Puskaj pogibnu ja (Tatyana), "Letter Scene" 00:10:51

Debussy, Claude
Maeterlinck, Maurice, lyricist(s)

  Pelleas et Melisande, Act IV Scene 1: Ou vas-tu (Pelleas, Melisande)
9.   Pelleas et Melisande, Act IV Scene 1: Ou vas - tu (Pelleas, Melisande) 00:02:59

Berg, Alban
Buchner, Georg, lyricist(s)

  Wozzeck, Act III Scene 2: Dort links geht's in die Stadt (Marie, Wozzeck)
10.   Wozzeck, Act III Scene 2: Dort links geht's in die Stadt (Marie, Wozzeck) 00:05:11

Janacek, Leos
Janacek, Leos, lyricist(s)

  Jenufa, JW I/4, Act III Scene 11: Vstaute, pustounko moja! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Laca, Mayor)
11.   Jenufa, JW I/4, Act III Scene 11: Vstaute, pustounko moja! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Laca, Mayor) 00:04:44

Bartok, Bela
Balazs, Bela, lyricist(s)

  A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62: Ah! Lasd ez az… (Door 5) (Judith, Bluebeard)
12.   A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62: Ah! Lasd ez az… (Door 5) (Judith, Bluebeard) 00:06:39

Stravinsky, Igor
Cocteau, Jean, lyricist(s)

  Oedipus Rex: Prologue (Opening)
13.   Oedipus Rex: Prologue (Opening) 00:04:25

Britten, Benjamin

  4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn (Peter Grimes, Act II: Interlude)
14.   4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn (Peter Grimes, Act II: Interlude) 00:03:09

Britten, Benjamin
Slater, Montagu, lyricist(s)

  Peter Grimes, Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (P. Grimes, Bob Boles, Cap. Balstrode…)
15.   Peter Grimes, Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (P. Grimes, Bob Boles, Cap. Balstrode, Auntie, Nieces) 00:03:25

Adams, John
Jordan, June, lyricist(s)

  I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Act II: One Last look… (Consuelo, Dewain)
16.   I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Act II: One Last look… (Consuelo, Dewain) 00:02:21

Birtwistle, Harrison

  The Mask of Orpheus, Act III Scene 2 (excerpts)
17.   3rd Song of Magic (a) (Orpheus) - 00:00:34
18.   Eurydice Puppet - Eurydice Singer (Euridice the Woman, Euridice the Myth) 00:02:31

Total Playing Time: 02:33:03






Composer(s):
Adams, John; Bartok, Bela; Beethoven, Ludwig van; Berg, Alban; Berlioz, Hector; Birtwistle, Harrison; Bizet, Georges; Britten, Benjamin; Cavalli, Francesco; Debussy, Claude; Donizetti, Gaetano; Gluck, Christoph Willibald; Handel, George Frideric; Janacek, Leos; Monteverdi, Claudio; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Puccini, Giacomo; Purcell, Henry; Rameau, Jean-Philippe; Rossini, Gioachino; Stravinsky, Igor; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich; Vecchi, Orazio; Verdi, Giuseppe; Wagner, Richard

Lyricist(s):
Balazs, Bela; Berlioz, Hector; Bernard, Pierre-Joseph; Boito, Arrigo; Buchner, Georg; Calzabigi, Ranieri; Cammarano, Salvadore; Cocteau, Jean; Da Ponte, Lorenzo; Faustini, Giovanni; Giacosa, Giuseppe; Halevy, Ludovic; Illica, Luigi; Janacek, Leos; Jordan, June; Maeterlinck, Maurice; Meilhac, Henri; Piave, Francesco Maria; Rossi, Giacomo; Schikaneder, Emanuel; Shilovsky, Konstantin; Slater, Montagu; Sonnleithner, Joseph; Striggio, Alessandro; Tate, Nahum; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich; Treitschke, Georg Friedrich

Conductor(s):
Brabbins, Martyn; Casadesus, Jean-Claude; Craft, Robert; Davis, Andrew; Davis, Colin; Eotvos, Peter; Fredman, Myer; Halasz, Michael; Humburg, Will; Mallon, Kevin; Medlam, Charles; Ostman, Arnold; Queler, Eve; Rahbari, Alexander; Segerstam, Leif; Simon, Klaus; Vartolo, Sergio; Zedda, Alberto

Orchestra(s):
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra; Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra; Holst Sinfonietta; Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Lille National Orchestra; London Baroque; London Symphony Orchestra; New York Opera Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia; Philharmonia Orchestra; San Petronio Cappella Musicale Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden; Stockholm Royal Opera Orchestra; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Swedish Opera Orchestra

Ensemble(s):
Aradia Ensemble; Mediterraneo Concento; Scholars Baroque Ensemble

Choir(s):
Hungarian State Opera Chorus; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Joly Male Chorus; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus; Stockholm Royal Opera Chorus

Artist(s):
Alperyn, Graciela; Amps, Kym; Banditelli, Gloria; Barr, Frank; Belfiori Doro, Gianluca; Benackova-Cap, Gabriela; Biel, Ann-Christine; Bonitatibus, Anna; Bordogna, Paolo; Borst, Martina; Buchanan, Alison; Carmignani, Alessandro; Cigna, Patrizia; Comencini, Maurizio; Cosentino, Alessandro; Dalayman, Katarina; Delunsch, Mireille; DeYoung, Michelle; Dilber,; Facini, Enrico; Falkman, Carl Johan; Fassbender, Hedwig; Faulkner, Julia; Ferrarini, Alida; Fox, Edward; Fried, Peter; Frisani, Rosita; Garrison, Jon; Gauci, Miriam; Gillett, Christopher; Grandis, Franco de; Grove, Jill; Halasz, Judith; Hill, Martyn; Kallisch, Cornelia; Kwon, Hellen; Lamberti, Giorgio; Lienbacher, Edith; Matthews, Sally; Mescheriakova, Marina; Micco, Anna Maria di; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; Muhlpointner, Martina; Ochman, Wieslaw; Orgonasova, Luba; Owens, Anne-Marie; Ramiro, Yordy; Rigby, Jean; Ryden, Susanne; Rysanek, Leonie; Saparova, Jitka; Servile, Roberto; Skovhus, Bo; Theruel, Gerard; Trimarchi, Domenico; Trotman, Kimako Xavier; Tumagian, Eduard; Whicher, Monica; Winslade, Glenn; Zapata, Jose Manuel

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Discover

Genre: Choral - Secular; Opera; Orchestral; Vocal Ensemble

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Classical; Contemporary; Renaissance; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558196-97

Barcode: 636943819623

Physical Release: 10/2006

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