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Opera Explained: VERDI - Il trovatore (Smillie)



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Opera Explained: VERDI - Il trovatore (Smillie)

Opera Explained
Through spirited, knowledgeable narration and musical examples this series aims to familiarise the listener with major operas. Using principal themes and arias to tell the story, the recording makes for both an inspirational starting-point before a visit to the opera-house, and an entertaining revision afterwards. It is also ideal as a precursor to the complete work recorded by Naxos.

Opera Explained
An Introduction to...VERDI: Il trovatore

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-082-3

Il trovatore has been ruthlessly parodied. It is a tale of murder and mayhem, burned babies, roasted hags, would-be nuns, strolling minstrels and bad baritones. And indeed the libretto does call for a willing suspension of disbelief. The reward is in the music, a score as prodigally melodic as only the mature Verdi could write: the 'Anvil' Chorus, the 'Miserere' scene, two great tenor arias, a beautiful baritone aria - a richness without embarrassment.

  Opera Explained: Il trovatore
1.   Play with flash player Italy's history in the 19th century 00:03:14
2.   Play with flash player Verdi's popularity 00:02:59
3.   Play with flash player The operas 00:04:14
4.   Play with flash player Rigoletto 00:03:05
5.   Play with flash player La traviata 00:04:44
6.   Play with flash player Genesis of Il trovatore 00:03:41
7.   Play with flash player Principal characters and the story so far 00:03:19
8.   Play with flash player The gypsy woman 00:02:59
9.   Play with flash player Leonora's entrance aria 00:05:05
10.   Play with flash player The role of Inez 00:01:54
11.   Play with flash player Count di Luna and his place as Manrico's rival 00:05:29
12.   Play with flash player Act II: the gypsies' encampment; Azucena's 'Stride la vampa!' 00:03:07
13.   Play with flash player Azucena continues her story 00:03:27
14.   Play with flash player Who is Manrico 00:02:17
15.   Play with flash player At the convent 00:03:34
16.   Play with flash player Act II finale 00:03:41
17.   Play with flash player Act III: Di Luna's soldiers 00:03:43
18.   Play with flash player Manrico: 'Ah! Si ben mio'; 'Di quella pira' 00:04:31
19.   Play with flash player Act IV: Leonora's 'D'amor sull' ali rosee' 00:05:15
20.   Play with flash player Leonora and Di Luna 00:03:11
21.   Play with flash player Azucena and Manrico share a prison cell 00:02:02
22.   Play with flash player Conclusion 00:03:35

Total Playing Time: 01:19:06

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558079

Barcode: 0636943807927

Release Date: 09/2003

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