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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

John Nelson/Orchestre National de France/Patrizia Ciofi/Laurent Naouri/Gregory Kunde

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Sometimes it's hard to understand why a work as entertaining as Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini isn't more popular. It's brilliantly orchestrated, fun, filled with good tunes and vivid, if stock, characters. But it's too-challenging-by-half for comedy, and too-light-by-half for grand opera, occupying a gray area between the two genres in which only a few works (like Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Verdi's Falstaff) have had much success. Benvenuto Cellini is loosely based on the life of one of the sixteenth century's most notorious figures. A celebrated artisan and sculptor, a writer, and an occasional murderous thug, Cellini led the ultimate scoundrel's life, producing jewelry and works of art that were coveted by royalty one minute, and skipping town on the heels of his own bad behavior the next. The casting of his best-known statue, that of Perseus holding the head of Medusa, provides the loose framework for the plot, which combines the raucous atmosphere of Carnival, a rivalry between Cellini and the rival sculptor Fieramosca, a romance between Cellini and the daughter of a local official, and the looming authority of the Pope into one of opera's more colorful stories. None of it is terribly original, but Berlioz's music for the piece is some of his best. Like most operas of the period, Cellini underwent several revisions. The version recorded here is an attempt to reconstruct the score heard at the original Paris premiere. The most notable, distinguishing feature is the overture -- a longer, and arguably better, version than is normally heard on recordings. Conductor John Nelson's reading of the score is well balanced between comedic lightness and lyric substance, attentive to orchestral detail, and deceptively clear for a score of such rhythmic subtlety and complexity. It manages to be both breezy and filling at the same time. The opening scene, in which the love-struck Teresa (our heroine), her curmudgeonly watchful father Balducci (the well-meaning heavy), and the mirthful Cellini and his serenading friends from the street below, are woven seamlessly into one musical fabric sets the ambitious tone for the entire work, and that tone rarely flags over the course of three discs. Colin Davis' earlier studio recording is of comparable quality, but the freshness and excellent sound quality of this version make it an easy recommendation.

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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini

John Nelson/Orchestre National de France/Patrizia Ciofi/Laurent Naouri/Gregory Kunde

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DISQUE 1

1
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a: Overture 00:11:09

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Teresa ! Mais où peut-elle être ?" (Balducci, Teresa) 00:02:06

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ne regardez jamais la lune" (Balducci) 00:02:31

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Enfin il est sorti" (Teresa, Cellini, Bernardino, Francesco, Balducci, Chorus) 00:04:44

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Les belles fleurs !" (Teresa) 00:00:48

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah ! que l'amour une fois dans le coeur" (Teresa) 00:03:52

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Heureuse celle à qui jamais l'amour" (Teresa) 00:04:15

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Cellini !" (Teresa, Cellini) 00:01:00

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ô mon bonheur, vous que j'aime" (Cellini, Fieramosca, Teresa) 00:05:06

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah ! mourir, chère belle" (Cellini, Fieramosca, Teresa) 00:06:37

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ciel ! Nous sommes perdus" (Teresa, Cellini, Fieramosca, Balducci) 00:03:03

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "À nous, voisines et servantes !" (Balducci, Teresa, Fieramosca, Chorus) 00:01:01

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah, maître drôle !" (Chorus, Teresa, Fieramosca, Balducci) 00:02:20

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "À boire, à boire !" (Cellini, Francesco, Bernardino, Chorus) 00:01:23

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Si la terre aux beaux jours se couronne" (Bernardino, Francesco, Cellini, Chorus) 00:03:55

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Amis, avant qu'on recommence ... Que voulez-vous ? La cave est vide ... Ascanio ! Vraiment ! Le voilà !" (Bernardino, Francesco, Chorus, Cabaretier, Cellini, Ascanio) 00:03:21

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Eric Huchet, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Cette somme t'est due" (Ascanio, Cellini, Bernadino, Francesco, Chorus) 00:04:19

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Écoutez, tout à l'heure" (Cellini, Ascanio, Bernardino, Francesco, Chorus) 00:01:49

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "C'est trop fort !" (Fieramosca, Pompeo) 00:02:24

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Ronan Nédélec, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah ! Qui pourrait me résister ?" (Fieramosca) 00:03:28

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Viens, le temps passe" (Fieramosca, Pompeo) 00:00:33

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Ronan Nédélec, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

DISQUE 2

1
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Vous voyez, j'espère" (Balducci, Teresa, Ascanio, Cellini, Chorus) 00:04:20

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Venez, venez, peuple de Rome" (Chorus, Teresa, Balducci, Francesco, Bernardino) 00:04:34

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah ! Ah ! Bravo !" (Chorus, Balducci, Teresa, Cellini, Ascanio, Fieramosca, Pompeo) 00:01:17

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ronan Nédélec, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Voici maître Arlequin" (Chorus) 00:01:22

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Regardons bien maître Arlequin" (Chorus) 00:01:37

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Il plaît fort" (Chorus, Balducci) 00:01:20

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Soyez surpris" (Chorus, Teresa, Balducci) 00:01:09

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Viens, pas à pas" (Fieramosca, Cellini, Teresa, Chorus, Pompeo, Ascanio, Balducci, Francesco, Bernardino) 00:02:44

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Ronan Nédélec, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Assassiner un capucin !" (Francesco, Chorus, Balducci, Teresa, Ascanio, Cellini, Fieramosca) 00:01:06

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 1: "Ah ! cher canon" (Chorus, Teresa, Fieramosca, Balducci, Ascanio) 00:03:33

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: Entracte I 00:01:52

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! qu'est-il devenu ?" (Teresa, Ascanio, Chorus) 00:01:20

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Rosa purpurea ... Teresa !" (Teresa, Ascanio, Chorus, Cellini) 00:03:18

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ma dague en main" (Cellini, Ascanio, Teresa) 00:03:13

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! le ciel, cher époux" (Teresa, Cellini) 00:06:40

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Quand des sommets" (Teresa, Cellini) 00:02:30

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! maître !" (Teresa, Ascanio, Cellini) 00:00:15

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! je te trouve enfin" (Balducci, Cellini, Teresa, Ascanio, Fieramosca) 00:02:35

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Le pape ici !" (Teresa, Ascanio, Cellini, Fieramosca, Balducci, Le pape) 00:02:40

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Justice à nous, seigneur et maître !" (Balducci, Fieramosca, Le pape, Teresa, Ascanio, Cellini) 00:03:24

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Dieu ! Sur ma tête en ce moment" (Cellini, Teresa, Ascanio, Fieramosca, Balducci, Le pape) 00:01:56

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! çà, démon !" (Le pape, Cellini, Teresa, Ascanio, Fieramosca, Balducci) 00:03:40

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

23
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! maintenant de sa folle impudence" (Le pape, Cellini, Teresa, Ascanio, Fieramosca, Balducci, Chorus) 00:02:41

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

DISQUE 3

1
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: Entracte II 00:01:18

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Tra la la la ... Mais qu'ai-je donc ?" (Ascanio) 00:05:19

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Seul pour lutter" (Cellini) 00:02:48

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Sur les monts les plus sauvages" (Cellini) 00:05:39

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Bienheureux les matelots" (Chorus, Cellini, Francesco, Bernardino, Ascanio) 00:02:39

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Vite, au travail, sans plus attendre ! ... Fieramosca !" (Cellini, Ascanio, Fieramosca) 00:02:37

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Quel contretemps ! Vite, allons, ma rapière !" (Cellini, Teresa, Ascanio, Chorus) 00:03:09

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Quelle colère ! ... Peuple ouvrier" (Ascanio, Francesco, Bernardino, Chorus, Teresa) 00:02:43

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! ciel ! il est mort" (Teresa, Chorus, Fieramosca, Francesco, Bernardino, Cellini, Ascanio) 00:03:18

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "À l'atelier !" (Francesco, Bernardino, Chorus, Teresa, Ascanio, Fieramosca, Cellini) 00:01:50

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Ah ! le calme renaît" (Teresa, Ascanio) 00:01:05

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Teresa ! Teresa ici !" (Balducci, Le pape, Teresa, Cellini) 00:03:00

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Du métal ! Il nous faut du métal !" (Fieramosca, Cellini, Balducci, Teresa, Ascanio, Le pape, Francesco, Bernardino, Chorus) 00:04:20

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Seigneur, use de ton pouvoir !" (Cellini, Balducci, Francesco, Bernardino, Le pape, Teresa, Ascanio, Chorus) 00:02:37

Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Marc Mauillon, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Eric Salha, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Act 2: "Allons ! Vivat ! Faites-moi place" (Fieramosca, Balducci, Cellini, Le pape, Teresa, Ascanio, Chorus) 00:03:02

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - Laurent Naouri, FeaturedArtist, Bass-Baritone Vocals - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Renaud Delaigue, Bass Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet - Jean-Francois Lapointe, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Chœur de Radio France, Chorus

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

16
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Appendix: "Entre l'amour et le devoir" (Teresa) 00:03:22

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Appendix: "Quand j'aurai votre âge" (Teresa) 00:03:43

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Patrizia Ciofi, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Appendix: "Une heure encore" (Cellini) 00:01:54

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Benvenuto Cellini, H. 76a, Appendix: "La gloire était ma seule idole" (Cellini) 00:04:13

Daniel Zalay, Producer - Hector Berlioz, Composer - Orchestre National De France, Orchestra - John Nelson, Conductor, MainArtist - Gregory Kunde, Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Léon de Wailly, Poet - Auguste Barbier, Poet

2005 Erato/Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. 2004 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Descriptif de l'album

Sometimes it's hard to understand why a work as entertaining as Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini isn't more popular. It's brilliantly orchestrated, fun, filled with good tunes and vivid, if stock, characters. But it's too-challenging-by-half for comedy, and too-light-by-half for grand opera, occupying a gray area between the two genres in which only a few works (like Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Verdi's Falstaff) have had much success. Benvenuto Cellini is loosely based on the life of one of the sixteenth century's most notorious figures. A celebrated artisan and sculptor, a writer, and an occasional murderous thug, Cellini led the ultimate scoundrel's life, producing jewelry and works of art that were coveted by royalty one minute, and skipping town on the heels of his own bad behavior the next. The casting of his best-known statue, that of Perseus holding the head of Medusa, provides the loose framework for the plot, which combines the raucous atmosphere of Carnival, a rivalry between Cellini and the rival sculptor Fieramosca, a romance between Cellini and the daughter of a local official, and the looming authority of the Pope into one of opera's more colorful stories. None of it is terribly original, but Berlioz's music for the piece is some of his best. Like most operas of the period, Cellini underwent several revisions. The version recorded here is an attempt to reconstruct the score heard at the original Paris premiere. The most notable, distinguishing feature is the overture -- a longer, and arguably better, version than is normally heard on recordings. Conductor John Nelson's reading of the score is well balanced between comedic lightness and lyric substance, attentive to orchestral detail, and deceptively clear for a score of such rhythmic subtlety and complexity. It manages to be both breezy and filling at the same time. The opening scene, in which the love-struck Teresa (our heroine), her curmudgeonly watchful father Balducci (the well-meaning heavy), and the mirthful Cellini and his serenading friends from the street below, are woven seamlessly into one musical fabric sets the ambitious tone for the entire work, and that tone rarely flags over the course of three discs. Colin Davis' earlier studio recording is of comparable quality, but the freshness and excellent sound quality of this version make it an easy recommendation.

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