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Jewels of the Bel Canto: Arias by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi & Rossini

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge, Elena Xanthoudakis, Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge

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Don Pasquale  
1.1
"Quel guardo, il Cavaliere" - "So anch’io la virtù magica"
Gaetano Donizetti; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
5:45
Il Corsaro  
1.2
"Egli non riede ancora!" - "Non so le tetre immagini"
Guiseppe Verdi; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
5:37
La Fille du Régiment  
1.3
"Chacun le sait"
Gaetano Donizetti; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
3:43
Lucia di Lammermoor  
1.4
"Ancor non giunse!" - "Regnava nel silenzio" - "Quando rapito in estasi"
Gaetano Donizetti; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
12:21
La Cambiale di Matrimonio  
1.5
"Vorrei spiegarvi il giubilo"
Gioachino Rossini; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
3:59
I Capuleti e i Montecchi  
1.6
"Eccomi in lieta vesta" - "Oh! Quante Volte"
Vincenzo Bellini; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
8:18
Le Comte Ory  
1.7
"En proie à la Tristesse" - "Celeste providence"
Gioachino Rossini; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
9:05
La Sonnambula  
1.8
"Oh! se una volta sola rivederlo potessi" - "Ah! Non credea mirati" - "Ah! non giunge uman pensiero"
Vincenzo Bellini; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
12:21
L’elisir d’amore  
1.9
"Prendi, per me sei libero"
Gaetano Donizetti; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
3:27
Matilde di Shabran  
1.10
"Son tua per sempre" - "Ami alfine?" - "Tace la tromba altera"
Gioachino Rossini; Royal Northern Sinfonia; Richard Bonynge; Elena Xanthoudakis; Elena Xanthoudakis, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Richard Bonynge
7:53
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Total Playing Time    72:29
"Refreshing a well-trodden dramatic and musical tradition with more theoretical concepts, she has a particular vivid approach to music-making -- a technique she calls ‘modelling’ -- to help bring the notes off the page and into dynamic life." - Sinfini Music "... Bonynge, so experienced in bel canto operas, draws from the Royal Northern Sinfonia fitting playing, including that of harpist Sharron Griffiths and horn player Peter Francomb ... everything is well recorded ..." - International Record Review Rising star soprano Elena Xanthoudakis is joined by the Royal Northern Sinfonia conducted by renowned bel canto expert Richard Bonynge on this 2014 album. Xanthoudakis presents exhilarating and historically-faithful performances of some true jewels of the bel canto aria tradition by Bellini, Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti. "In selecting the repertoire for the album, I decided to have a balance between well-known favourites and a few more unusual choices. I’ve included arias from Rossini's Mathilde di Shabran and Le comte Ory -- both incredibly virtuosic and fun showpieces for a CD." - Elena Xanthoudakis
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Signum Records Studio Masters

Recorded in The Sage, Gateshead, UK on 22, 23 and 25 July 2013 Producer: Adrian Peacock Recording Engineer: Mike Hatch Editor: Robin Hawkins All translations except for tracks 3 and 9 © 2014, Elena Xanthoudakis Cover Image: © Johann Persson / ArenaPAL Location: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden – The Clore studio

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