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Opera Explained: DONIZETTI - L'elisir d'amore (Smillie)

Opera Explained
This series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of the major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recording of the complete work, Thomson Smillie is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

An Introduction to... DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore
Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
1-84379-079-3

L'elisir d'amore, or The Elixir of Love, has remained popular for almost two centuries because of a touching tale and a galaxy of comic characters adapted from the traditional commedia dell' arte. Above all Donizetti poured into the score all the warmth and tenderness of the Italian temperament. His melodic invention never ceases to charm whether in the jolly rustic choruses, the exhilarating 'patter' numbers, or the sweet sadness of the beautiful arias, of which 'Una furtiva lagrima,' the great tenor showpiece, is the best known.

Donizetti, Gaetano

  An Introduction to ... DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore
1.   Play with flash player Background: Intdocution 00:04:21
2.   Play with flash player Background: The 'bel canto' era 00:03:35
3.   Play with flash player Background: Rossini and Bellini 00:06:52
4.   Play with flash player Background: Donizetti 00:03:29
5.   Play with flash player Background: The Scottish connection 00:03:37
6.   Play with flash player Background: Johann Simon Mayr 00:03:08
7.   Play with flash player Background: Donizetti's first successes 00:02:52
8.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Background to L'elisir d'amore 00:03:29
9.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: The opening: Adina and Nemorino 00:05:59
10.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Sergeant Belcore 00:06:41
11.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Dr Dulcamara 00:06:54
12.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Act I finale 00:05:15
13.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Act II opening: Adina and Belcore's engagement 00:03:58
14.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: Nemorino's enlistment and Adina's discovery 00:08:35
15.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: 'Una furtiva lagrima' 00:03:38
16.   Play with flash player L'elisir d'amore: A happy ending 00:05:28

Total Playing Time: 01:17:51






Composer(s):
Donizetti, Gaetano

Reader(s):
Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558120

Barcode: 0636943812020

Release Date: 06/2003

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