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SAVERIO MERCADANTE  

(1795 - 1870)

The Italian opera composer Saverio Mercadante studied music in Naples and at first showed an interest in instrumental composition. The encouragement of Rossini led him to compose for the opera, where he won considerable success with his seventh such work, in 1821. He worked for a time in Vienna, in Madrid and in Lisbon, but re-established himself in Italy in 1831. In the early 1840s he seemed the most important composer of Italian opera, now influenced by Meyerbeer in Paris and introducing new elements of drama into the form. In later life he seems to have been jealous of the success of Verdi, who came to dominate Italian opera in the second half of the century.

Operas

Mercadante wrote some 60 operas. Of these Il giuramento (The Oath) is possibly the most significant, the first to show those new dramatic elements, responding to the text which, like Ponchielli’s Gioconda, was based on Victor Hugo’s Angelo.

Orchestral Music

Mercadante was able to return to orchestral composition after his appointment in 1840 as director of the Naples Conservatory. His early works include six flute concertos, with subsequent tributes, as occasion arose, to Bellini, Donizetti and finally Rossini.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BEL CANTO BULLY - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja Naxos
8.578237
Opera
GAMBARO / MERCADANTE: Wind Quartets Dynamic
CDS107
Chamber Music
LINDBERG, Christian: ROMANTIC TROMBONE (THE) BIS
BIS-CD-298
Chamber Music
MARTINIA FRANCA FESTIVAL - 30TH ANNIVERSARY Dynamic
CDS448
Opera
MERCADANTE, S.: Briganti (I) [Melodramma serio] (Mironov, Ivanova, Prato, Poznań Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani) Naxos
8.660343-44
Opera
MERCADANTE, S.: Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamaccio (Guagliardo, Colaianni, Catrani, Mirabelli, Ever, Mastrototaro, Fogliani) Naxos
8.660312-13
Opera
MERCADANTE, S.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 4 (P. Gallois, Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä) Naxos
8.572731
Concertos
MERCADANTE, S.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 6 (Trevisani, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Orbelian) Delos
DE3372
Concertos
MERCADANTE, S.: Flute Concertos Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6 / Theme and Variations in A Major Dynamic
CDS446
Concertos, Orchestral
MERCADANTE, S.: Messa in B-Flat Major / Tantum ergo / Sinfonia su motivi dello Stabat Mater di Rossini (Zanovello, Coenobium Vocale, Bianco) Tactus
TC791301
Choral - Sacred, Instrumental
MERCADANTE, S.: Pelagio [Opera] (Rivas) Dynamic
CDS636
Opera
MERCADANTE, S.: Sinfonia su motivi dello Stabat Mater di Rossini / Omaggio a Bellini / Clarinet Concerto No. 2 (Casani, Rome Symphony, La Vecchia) Naxos
8.573035
Concertos, Orchestral
MERCADANTE: Elena da Feltre Marco Polo
8.225064-65
Opera
MERCADANTE: Vestale (La) Marco Polo
8.225310-11
Opera
Vocal Recital: Nakajima, Akiko - MARTINI, J.-P. / SCARLATTI, A. / MYSLIVECEK, J. / BELLINI, V. / AUBER, D.-F. / CAGNONI, A. / MERCADANTE, S. Dynamic
CDS556
Vocal




 
 
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