I Normanni a Parigi

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This is the seventh opera in the Essential Opera Rara series and, once again, a vivid impression of the work is captured on a single disc.

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  1. I Normanni a Parigi: Act I scene 1-9: Introduction: Una Reggent debole Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  2. I Normanni a Parigi: Act I scena IX: Duet: Tu lo volesti Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  3. I Normanni a Parigi: Act I scena IX: Duet: Cielo, non v'ha fra gli uomini Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  4. I Normanni a Parigi: Act I scena IX: Duet: Regina!! ? ancor ti supplico Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  5. I Normanni a Parigi: Act I scena IX: Duet: Tergi le amare - Act II scene 1-5: Tutti siam noi? - Act III scene 1-5: Siam giunti Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  6. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena V: Ah! mai non fia Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  7. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena V: Aria: Prendi tu la spada mia Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  8. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena V: Aria: Custodito in carcer cia Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  9. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena V: Cabaletta: Se dar fede a' miei nemici - scena VI: Farmati, Odone Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  10. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena VI: Duet: Una preghiera ascolta Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  11. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena VI: Duet: Conte, l'onor to e reso - scena VII: Morte! Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  12. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena VII: Trio: Che tento? che spero? Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  13. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena VII: Trio: Francesi ? ascoltate ? - scena VIII: Cavalieri, accorrete, volate Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  14. I Normanni a Parigi: Act III scena VIII: Trio: Vieni, Osvino: sol puo la vittoria Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  15. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena I: Buresca Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:10
  16. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena I: Ove fuggo? e perche? Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  17. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena I: Rigetti il cielo - scena II: Qual voce! ? Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  18. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena II: Duet: Io t'amai: m'offriva Osvino Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  19. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena II: Duet: Io ti lascio, e al con non oso Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  20. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scene 2-4: Duet: Giunge alcun. Ah! fuggi! Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  21. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena IV: Ul tuo sangue a me recasti! Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  22. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena IV: Aria: Ah! non mai ? si ria non sono ? Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34
  23. I Normanni a Parigi: Act IV scena IV: Aria: Chi serbar puo asciutto il ciglio Mercadante, S. Buy Track 0:34

Description

With Rossini in retirement, Mercadante was then in competition with Bellini and Donizetti for the crown of Italian opera. As this work demonstrates, he was easily in the running. Mercadante expert Michael Rose describes it as ‘one of the highlights of this period’, scoring ‘a triumph’ at its premiere before circulating widely. The libretto (by Felice Romani, the finest practitioner of the art in his day) is set in Paris, following the death of the mighty King Charlemagne, with the city threatened and eventually besieged by Norman invaders. The complex plot centres on Charlemagne’s widow, Berta (sung by Judith Howarth), who was previously secretly married to Ordamante (Riccardo Novaro) in a relationship that produced her equally secret son, Osvino (Katarina Karnéus), now guarded by the loyal Odone (Barry Banks). When Ordamante leads the Normans against the Carolingian forces, father and son are pitted against each other, though the latter initially knows nothing of their relationship. The scene is set for personal and political drama of the highest order in this gripping work from the heart of the bel canto repertoire.

This is the seventh opera in the Essential Opera Rara series and, once again, a vivid impression of the work is captured on a single disc, accompanied by a complete libretto and article by the eminent 19th century musical scholar, Jeremy Commons.

‘Barry Banks contributes an energetic cleanly sung performance’ – George Loomis, Opera magazine