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Gaetano Donizetti/RAI Symphony Chorus/RAI Symphony Orchestra /Angelo Questa/Fedora Barbieri/Gianni Raimondi/Carlo Tagliabue/Giulio Neri

Barbieri / Raimondi / Tagliabue / Neri / RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,

La Favorita

  • Type CD
  • Label Opera D'Oro
  • UPC 0723721719357
  • Catalog number OPD 1494
  • Release date 11 November 2013
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About the album


The great conductor Arturo Toscanini once said, “the opera La Favorita is all beautiful; the last act — every note a masterpiece.”
Perhaps even more impressive, however, was the verdict of Richard Wagner, who dismissed most Italian operas; nevertheless he asserted that in Favorita, “there is greater skill, and a dignity you would seek in vain in the other countless works of the inexhaustible maestro” — referring to Donizetti’s amazing fecundity, often resulting in two or three new operas per year. In La Favorita, a young monk leaves his order to pursue the beautiful Leonora, unaware that she is the secret “favorite” (mistress) of King Alfonso XI of Spain. When he finds out he angrily rejects her, but at the end they are reconciled, and she dies in his arms.

“A big advantage is ... the presence of Giulio Neri. He was one of the few Italian basses to have a big black sound in the Boris Christoff mould ... His fury at the end of Act II, abetted by Questa, is awe-inspiring ... Another strong point is Carlo Tagliabue as Alfonso. He was nearing the end of his career (he retired in 1957) but signs of age in the voice, which still retains a firm, golden quality, are used artistically to create a king who has regal dignity but also humanity ... [The recording also has] the best Ines ... [a tenor] with several points in his favour ... [and] a magnificent Leonora. Any dedicated opera fan is going to want to hear it.” — Musicweb-International.com 

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    1
    Act One: Overture
     
    06:18
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    2
    Act One: Bell'alba foriera
     
    02:17
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    3
    Act One: Quegli accenti odi tu
     
    01:48
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    4
    Act One: Una vergine un angel di Dio
     
    03:26
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    5
    Act One: E fia vero?
     
    06:30
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    6
    Act One: Bei raggi lucenti
     
    03:36
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    7
    Act One: Silenzio!...Dolce zeffiro
     
    02:36
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    8
    Act One: Messaggera gentil
     
    02:06
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    9
    Act One: Ah mio ben, un Dio t'invia
     
    02:21
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    10
    Act One: Crudo il fato
     
    05:33
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    11
    Act Two: Giardini dell'Alcázar
     
    04:26
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    Act Two: Vien Leonora a' piedi tuoi
     
    02:46
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    13
    Act Two: De' nemici tuoi lo sdegno
     
    01:11
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    14
    Act Two: Per la festa previeni...
     
    01:12
  • 1
    15
    Act Two: Quando le soglie paterne varcai
     
    05:59
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    16
    Act Two: Ah, Sire
     
    03:30
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    17
    Act Two: Ah paventa del furor
     
    02:57
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    18
    Act Two: Voi tutti che mi udite
     
    01:29
  • 1
    19
    Act Two: Ah! Che diss'egli!
     
    01:04
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    20
    Act Two: Si, d'un Nume terribile, irato
     
    01:40
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    Act Three: A lei presso alfiri
     
    05:56
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    Act Three: A tanto amor, Leonora
     
    03:11
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    Act Three: Fia dunque vero... O mio Fernando
     
    05:27
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    2
    Act Three: Su crudeli... Scritto è il cielo
     
    01:53
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    3
    Act Three: Di già nella cappella
     
    01:27
  • 2
    4
    Act Three: Ah, che da tanta gioia
     
    04:01
  • 2
    5
    Act Three: Oh viltade...
     
    03:59
  • 2
    6
    Act Three: Per me del ciel
     
    05:13
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    7
    Act Three: Oh ciel, di quest'alma
     
    03:48
  • 2
    8
    Act Three: Orsù Fernando, ascoltami
     
    01:39
  • 2
    9
    Act Three: Grazia, o Sire
     
    01:46
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    10
    Act Four: Compagni, andiamo
     
    05:50
  • 2
    11
    Act Four: Splendono più belle
     
    03:35
  • 2
    12
    Act Four: Figlio diletto
     
    02:25
  • 2
    13
    Act Four: Favorita del re! Spirto gentil
     
    04:27
  • 2
    14
    Act Four: Figlio, deh vien!
     
    09:21
  • 2
    15
    Act Four: Ah, va, t'invola
     
    05:49
  • 2
    16
    Act Four: Addio, fuggire mi lascia
     
    02:04
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    17
    Act Four: Vieni, ah vien
     
    04:21

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