Barbieri / Raimondi / Tagliabue / Neri / RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus,
- Type CD
- Label Opera D'Oro
- UPC 0723721719357
- Catalog number OPD 1494
- Release date 11 November 2013
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
11Act One: Overture
12Act One: Bell'alba foriera
13Act One: Quegli accenti odi tu
14Act One: Una vergine un angel di Dio
15Act One: E fia vero?
16Act One: Bei raggi lucenti
17Act One: Silenzio!...Dolce zeffiro
18Act One: Messaggera gentil
19Act One: Ah mio ben, un Dio t'invia
110Act One: Crudo il fato
111Act Two: Giardini dell'Alcázar
112Act Two: Vien Leonora a' piedi tuoi
113Act Two: De' nemici tuoi lo sdegno
114Act Two: Per la festa previeni...
115Act Two: Quando le soglie paterne varcai
116Act Two: Ah, Sire
117Act Two: Ah paventa del furor
118Act Two: Voi tutti che mi udite
119Act Two: Ah! Che diss'egli!
120Act Two: Si, d'un Nume terribile, irato
121Act Three: A lei presso alfiri
122Act Three: A tanto amor, Leonora
21Act Three: Fia dunque vero... O mio Fernando
22Act Three: Su crudeli... Scritto è il cielo
23Act Three: Di già nella cappella
24Act Three: Ah, che da tanta gioia
25Act Three: Oh viltade...
26Act Three: Per me del ciel
27Act Three: Oh ciel, di quest'alma
28Act Three: Orsù Fernando, ascoltami
29Act Three: Grazia, o Sire
210Act Four: Compagni, andiamo
211Act Four: Splendono più belle
212Act Four: Figlio diletto
213Act Four: Favorita del re! Spirto gentil
214Act Four: Figlio, deh vien!
215Act Four: Ah, va, t'invola
216Act Four: Addio, fuggire mi lascia
217Act Four: Vieni, ah vien