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

Physical Release: 09/2003

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