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Opera Explained: BELLINI - La sonnambula (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: BELLINI - La sonnambula (Smillie)

- 1 CD with 12-page booklet
- ISBN: 978-1-84379-102-7

La sonnambula was written by Bellini as a vehicle for two of the supreme singers of his age and accordingly is a fine example of the school we call bel canto, where beauty of voice and the virtuosity of the singers is integral to conveying the emotions in the soul of the composer. The fact that Bellini was one of the great melodists, writing long, beautiful vocal lines, that he was a master orchestrator and that he could write stirringly for the chorus all conspire to make La sonnambula an extremely enjoyable example of Italian opera in its prime.

Bellini, Vincenzo

  An Introduction to … BELLINI La sonnambula
1.   Background: Introduction 00:05:09
2.   Background: Rossini and Donizetti 00:05:44
3.   Background: Bellini: his life and other operas 00:06:09
4.   La sonnambula: The plot and bel canto 00:03:30
5.   La sonnambula: Prelude and Lisa's cavatina 00:05:54
6.   La sonnambula: Amina's entrance 00:05:14
7.   La sonnambula: Amina and Elvino's love duet 00:06:35
8.   La sonnambula: Enter Count Rodolfo 00:05:50
9.   La sonnambula: Exit Count Rodolfo, and other love duet 00:04:13
10.   La sonnambula: Lisa's visit and Amina's sleepwalking 00:07:15
11.   La sonnambula: Broken - hearted Elvino 00:05:11
12.   La sonnambula: Elvino still feels betrayed 00:05:08
13.   La sonnambula: Plot revelations 00:04:46
14.   La sonnambula: The 'mad' scene 00:08:14

Total Playing Time: 01:18:52

Bellini, Vincenzo

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 8.558175

Barcode: 0636943817520

Physical Release: 11/2008

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