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DISCOVER OPERA

The 'Discover' series opens the door to key areas of classical music. Through a combination of illustrative music tracks and a richly filled booklet, the exploration is both revealing and enjoyable.

Includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Berg, Britten, Birtwistle, Adams and others.

Author: Nick Kimberley
2 CDs with 170-page booklet:

  • 25,000-word essay
  • Timeline of events in opera, history, art & literature
  • Richly illustrated with photographs

For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence.  Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of our lives, its best-loved tunes heard on football terraces, in films and advertisements, and even at the opera house. From Monteverdi’s Orfeo to Harrison Birtwistle’s The Mask of Orpheus, by way of Handel and Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, Puccini and Stravinsky, Discover Opera surveys the entire history of this extravagant yet intimate art form. Along the way we encounter duelling composers, superstar castratos, abandoned heroines driven mad by passion and swashbuckling heroes striving for elusive high notes. There is love, there is murder, there are shepherds and nymphs, gypsies and queens, an earthquake and a poisonous snake. All play their part in the history of opera, the art form that brings together all the arts in a lavish combination of emotion and spectacle.



Disc 1

Vecchi, Orazio

  L'Amfiparnaso, Act II Scene 2: Vien'a qua (Cardon, Zanni)
1.   Play with flash player L'Amfiparnaso, Act II Scene 2: Vien'a qua (Cardon, Zanni) 00:02:46

Monteverdi, Claudio
Striggio, Alessandro, lyricist(s)

  L'Orfeo (excerpts)
2.   Play with flash player Toccata 00:01:55
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Rosa del ciel (Orfeo) 00:03:37
4.   Play with flash player Act II: Ahi caso acerbo (Messaggiera) 00:01:37

Cavalli, Francesco
Faustini, Giovanni, lyricist(s)

  Calisto, Act III Scene 7: Dolcissimi baci (Endimione, Diana)
5.   Play with flash player Calisto, Act III Scene 7: Dolcissimi baci (Endimione, Diana) 00:02:46

Purcell, Henry
Tate, Nahum, lyricist(s)

  Dido and Aeneas, Z. 626, Act III Scene 2 (excerpts)
6.   Play with flash player Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido) 00:00:58
7.   Play with flash player When I am laid in earth (Dido) 00:03:42

Handel, George Frideric
Rossi, Giacomo, lyricist(s)

  Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga (Almirena)
8.   Play with flash player Rinaldo, HWV 7, Act II Scene 4: Lascia ch'io pianga (Almirena) 00:03:37

Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Bernard, Pierre-Joseph, lyricist(s)

  Castor et Pollux, Act II Scene 2: Tristes apprets (Telaire)
9.   Play with flash player Castor et Pollux, Act II Scene 2: Tristes apprets (Telaire) 00:05:12

Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Calzabigi, Ranieri, lyricist(s)

  Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo)
10.   Play with flash player Orfeo ed Euridice, Act III Scene 1: Aria: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo) 00:03:26

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Da Ponte, Lorenzo, lyricist(s)

  Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento… (Susanna)
11.   Play with flash player Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492, Act IV: Recitative and Aria: Giunse al fin il momento… (Susanna) 00:04:26
  Don Giovanni, K. 527 (excerpts)
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Aria: Fin ch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni) 00:01:25
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni) 00:01:55

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Schikaneder, Emanuel, lyricist(s)

  Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act I: Recitative and Aria: O zitt're nicht,… (Queen of the Night)
14.   Play with flash player Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, Act I: Recitative and Aria: O zitt're nicht,… (Queen of the Night) 00:04:43

Beethoven, Ludwig van
Sonnleithner, Joseph, lyricist(s)

  Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin (Leonore)
15.   Play with flash player Fidelio, Op. 72, Act I: Recitative and Aria: Abscheulicher! wo eilst du hin (Leonore) 00:07:25

Wagner, Richard

  Tristan und Isolde (excerpts)
16.   Play with flash player Prelude 00:11:43
17.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Mild und leise wie er lachelt (Isolde), "Liebestod" 00:06:38

Rossini, Gioachino

  La cenerentola, Act I Scene 3: Duet and Finale: Zitto, zitto, piano, piano (Ramiro, Dandini,…)
18.   Play with flash player La cenerentola, Act I Scene 3: Duet and Finale: Zitto, zitto, piano, piano (Ramiro, Dandini, Clarinda, Tisbe) 00:05:12

Donizetti, Gaetano
Cammarano, Salvadore, lyricist(s)

  Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III Scene 2: Ardon gli incensi (Lucia)
19.   Play with flash player Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III Scene 2: Ardon gli incensi (Lucia) 00:05:22


Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Piave, Francesco Maria, lyricist(s)

  Rigoletto (excerpts)
1.   Play with flash player Prelude 00:01:57
2.   Play with flash player Act III Scene 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto) 00:04:12

Verdi, Giuseppe
Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

  Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Facciamo il parentado … Tutto nel mundo e burla (Ford, Falstaff,…)
3.   Play with flash player Falstaff, Act III Scene 2: Facciamo il parentado … Tutto nel mundo e burla (Ford, Falstaff,…) 00:03:23

Puccini, Giacomo
Giacosa, Giuseppe / Illica, Luigi, lyricist(s)

  Madama Butterfly, Act I: Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly)
4.   Play with flash player Madama Butterfly, Act I: Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly) 00:07:27

Berlioz, Hector
Berlioz, Hector, lyricist(s)

  Les Troyens, Act V Scene 2: Adieu, fiere cite (Didon)
5.   Play with flash player Les Troyens, Act V Scene 2: Adieu, fiere cite (Didon) 00:03:47

Bizet, Georges
Meilhac, Henri / Halévy, Ludovic, lyricist(s)

  Carmen (excerpts)
6.   Play with flash player Prelude 00:03:34
7.   Play with flash player Act IV: Viva! (People, Don Jose, Carmen) 00:03:29

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Shilovsky, Konstantin / Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich, lyricist(s)

  Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Puskaj pogibnu ja (Tatyana), "Letter Scene"
8.   Play with flash player Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act I: Puskaj pogibnu ja (Tatyana), "Letter Scene" 00:10:51

Debussy, Claude
Maeterlinck, Maurice, lyricist(s)

  Pelleas et Melisande, Act IV Scene 1: Ou vas-tu (Pelleas, Melisande)
9.   Play with flash player Pelleas et Melisande, Act IV Scene 1: Ou vas - tu (Pelleas, Melisande) 00:02:59

Berg, Alban
Büchner, Georg, lyricist(s)

  Wozzeck, Act III Scene 2: Dort links geht's in die Stadt (Marie, Wozzeck)
10.   Play with flash player Wozzeck, Act III Scene 2: Dort links geht's in die Stadt (Marie, Wozzeck) 00:05:11

Janáček, Leoš
Janáček, Leoš, lyricist(s)

  Jenufa, JW I/4, Act III Scene 11: Vstaute, pustounko moja! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Laca, Mayor)
11.   Play with flash player Jenufa, JW I/4, Act III Scene 11: Vstaute, pustounko moja! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Laca, Mayor) 00:04:44

Bartók, Béla
Balázs, Bela, lyricist(s)

  A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62: Ah! Lasd ez az… (Door 5) (Judith, Bluebeard)
12.   Play with flash player A Kekszakallu herceg vara (Bluebeard's Castle), BB 62: Ah! Lasd ez az… (Door 5) (Judith, Bluebeard) 00:06:39

Stravinsky, Igor
Cocteau, Jean, lyricist(s)

  Oedipus Rex: Prologue (Opening)
13.   Play with flash player Oedipus Rex: Prologue (Opening) 00:04:25

Britten, Benjamin

  4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn (Peter Grimes, Act II: Interlude)
14.   Play with flash player 4 Sea Interludes, Op. 33a: I. Dawn (Peter Grimes, Act II: Interlude) 00:03:09

Britten, Benjamin
Slater, Montagu, lyricist(s)

  Peter Grimes, Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (P. Grimes, Bob Boles, Cap. Balstrode…)
15.   Play with flash player Peter Grimes, Act I Scene 2: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (P. Grimes, Bob Boles, Cap. Balstrode, Auntie, Nieces) 00:03:25

Adams, John
Jordan, June, lyricist(s)

  I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Act II: One Last look… (Consuelo, Dewain)
16.   Play with flash player I was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky, Act II: One Last look… (Consuelo, Dewain) 00:02:21

Birtwistle, Harrison
Zinovieff, Peter, lyricist(s)

  The Mask of Orpheus, Act III Scene 2 (excerpts)
17.   Play with flash player 3rd Song of Magic (a) (Orpheus) - 00:00:34
18.   Play with flash player Eurydice Puppet - Eurydice Singer (Euridice the Woman, Euridice the Myth) 00:02:31

Total Playing Time: 02:33:03






Composer(s):
Adams, John; Bartók, Béla; Beethoven, Ludwig van; Berg, Alban; Berlioz, Hector; Birtwistle, Harrison; Bizet, Georges; Britten, Benjamin; Cavalli, Francesco; Debussy, Claude; Donizetti, Gaetano; Gluck, Christoph Willibald; Handel, George Frideric; Janáček, Leoš; Monteverdi, Claudio; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Puccini, Giacomo; Purcell, Henry; Rameau, Jean-Philippe; Rossini, Gioachino; Stravinsky, Igor; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich; Vecchi, Orazio; Verdi, Giuseppe; Wagner, Richard

Lyricist(s):
Balázs, Bela; Berlioz, Hector; Bernard, Pierre-Joseph; Boito, Arrigo; Büchner, Georg; Calzabigi, Ranieri; Cammarano, Salvadore; Cocteau, Jean; Da Ponte, Lorenzo; Faustini, Giovanni; Giacosa, Giuseppe; Halévy, Ludovic; Illica, Luigi; Janáček, Leoš; Jordan, June; Maeterlinck, Maurice; Meilhac, Henri; Piave, Francesco Maria; Rossi, Giacomo; Schikaneder, Emanuel; Shilovsky, Konstantin; Slater, Montagu; Sonnleithner, Joseph; Striggio, Alessandro; Tate, Nahum; Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich; Zinovieff, Peter

Conductor(s):
Brabbins, Martyn; Casadesus, Jean-Claude; Craft, Robert; Davis, Andrew; Davis, Colin; Eötvös, Peter; Fredman, Myer; Halász, Michael; Humburg, Will; Mallon, Kevin; Medlam, Charles; Ostman, Arnold; Queler, Eve; Rahbari, Alexander; Segerstam, Leif; Simon, Klaus; Vartolo, Sergio; Zedda, Alberto

Orchestra(s):
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra; Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra; Holst Sinfonietta; Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Lille National Orchestra; London Baroque; London Symphony Orchestra; New York Opera Orchestra; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia; Philharmonia Orchestra; San Petronio Cappella Musicale Orchestra; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; South West German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden; Stockholm Royal Opera Orchestra; Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra; Swedish Opera Orchestra

Ensemble(s):
Aradia Ensemble; Mediterraneo Concento; Scholars Baroque Ensemble

Choir(s):
Hungarian State Opera Chorus; London Symphony Chorus; Simon Joly Male Chorus; Slovak Philharmonic Chorus; Stockholm Royal Opera Chorus

Artist(s):
Alperyn, Graciela; Amps, Kym; Banditelli, Gloria; Barr, Frank; Belfiori Doro, Gianluca; Beňačková, Gabriela; Biel, Ann-Christine; Bonitatibus, Anna; Bordogna, Paolo; Borst, Martina; Buchanan, Alison; Carmignani, Alessandro; Cigna, Patrizia; Comencini, Maurizio; Cosentino, Alessandro; Dalayman, Katarina; Delunsch, Mireille; DeYoung, Michelle; Dilber,; Facini, Enrico; Falkman, Carl Johan; Fassbender, Hedwig; Faulkner, Julia; Ferrarini, Alida; Fox, Edward; Fried, Peter; Frisani, Rosita; Garrison, Jon; Gauci, Miriam; Gillett, Christopher; Grandis, Franco de; Grove, Jill; Halasz, Judith; Hill, Martyn; Kallisch, Cornelia; Kwon, Hellen; Lamberti, Giorgio; Lienbacher, Edith; Matthews, Sally; Mescheriakova, Marina; Micco, Anna Maria di; Michaels-Moore, Anthony; Muhlpointner, Martina; Ochman, Wieslaw; Orgonášová, Luba; Owens, Anne-Marie; Ramiro, Yordy; Rigby, Jean; Ryden, Susanne; Rysanek, Leonie; Saparova, Jitka; Servile, Roberto; Skovhus, Bo; Theruel, Gerard; Trimarchi, Domenico; Trotman, Kimako Xavier; Tumagian, Eduard; Whicher, Monica; Winslade, Glenn; Zapata, Jose Manuel

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Discover

Genre: Choral - Secular; Opera; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Baroque; Classical; Contemporary; Renaissance; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558196-97

Barcode: 636943819623

Release Date: 10/2006

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