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Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Pido, Opéra de Lyon
Gaetano Donizetti, Evelino Pidò, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Lyon
Donizetti - L'elisir d'amore / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Pido, Opéra de Lyon
Genre: Classical
 
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Genre: Classical Music
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Release Date: 16-SEP-1997

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An Intoxicating Elixir of Love
Hamish Elliott | Dunedin, New Zealand | 06/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"From the opening bars of the preludio, Pido sets the stage for a lively, well paced, well fused and electrifying performance of Donizetti's intoxicating opera, L'elisir d'amore. Leading the stage is Roberto Alagna as the love plagued Nemorino. I find Alagna's voice rich and warm, but the well known La furtive lagrima, is lacking when compared with the likes of Pavarotti's recordings. I concede that I have not listed to the Pavarotti, Sutherland and Bonynge set in full, but Pavarotti's widely found recordings of this beautiful, if slightly out of place, solo, certainly stand out a lot more. Despite this, Alagna does a brilliant job, portraying the lovesickness that plagues Nemorino, in a comically pitiful way.Of stand out performance, yet again, is the amazing Angela Gheorghiu. From the passion and thrill of Verdi to the comical bel canto of Donizetti, she has an amazing grasp of not only the music, but the character; a virtue that I find so vital in opera. She has a dreamy yet strong and powerful voice that floats above the soloists and chorus. Effortlessly reaching high notes, she portrays the true tease that Adina is.Simone Alaimo does a superb job as the "itinerant quack" Dulcamara. He conveys the fun and deciept of the role with ease. His voice glides effortlessly with the orchestra in his opening solo. The duet (Quanto Amore) with Adina, is exceptional: gripping! Roberto Scaltriti offers a fine performance. Elena Dan plays a fine supporting role, offering a beautiful voice and lead for the opening chorus, but sadly, tragically died soon after the recording.Of exceptionally high standard is the chorus. The singing is fresh, crisp and well balanced - not too overpowering. They portray the lively and happy atmosphere of the village, and fuse together with the orchestra and soloists to give an outstanding performance.Recorded in 1997, this latest Decca set offers a modern, well balanced sound. At mid-price, this is a bargain. An excellent recording offering the vital interpretation of drama and excellent grasp of music that opera so desires and requires."
The Best Recording In years
Maximilian Pop | Carlsbad, Ca United States | 06/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording of Elisir is simply the best in many years. The opera moves at a wonderful pace, and The singing is simply superb.Angela Gheorghiu(who is Romanian NOT GREEK!!) delivers another brillian performance. Her voice is clear and powerful as well as sweet when needed. She has yet again demonstrated that she is the foremost soprano of her generation. Roberto Alagna(her husband for those who do not already know) is a wonderful Nemorino. His voice is melodic and strong, which combined with his perfect intonation truly make him the fourth tenor. The one flaw in his performace however is his rendition of Una Furtiva Lagrima which lacks the passion delivered by Pavarotti or Domingo. As for the rest of the cast: Simone Alaimo as Dulcamara is fantastic. He captures the comedy of the Doctore as few before him have. His mastery of Dulcamara's difficult opening solo, leaves the listnener breathless.Roberto Scaltriti as Belcore is a nice compliment to the rest of the cast. He more then holds his own. For the definitive Belcore however, listen to the Great Leo Nucci in the Pavarotti-Battle version.Eva Dan's Gianneta shows glimpses of her wonderful voice and leaves one wondering what might have been.In Summary this this is a wonderful recordin of this captivating opera. A must have!"
The best recoding currently in circulation.
Maximilian Pop | Carlsbad, Ca United States | 06/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This version of Elisir is simply the best recording in many years. The opera moves at a brisk pace and the singing by the cast is simply brilliant. Angela Gheorghiu (who is Romanian NOT GREEK!!) delivers yet another brilliant performance. Her voice is powerful and clear, once again defining herself as the finest soprano of her generation. Roberto Algana is a wonderful Nemorino, playing the role with a brilliant flare. I do however agree with other reviewers that his Una Furtiva Lagrima lacks the passion of Pavarotti's version(s). Despite this minor flaw his voice is in fine form, combining warmth, power and his usual perfect intonation.Special praise must also go to Simone Alaimo who captures the comedy of Dulcamara as few have done.Simply put a must buy."