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Vincenzo Bellini : Norma

Cecilia Bartoli - Sumi Jo - John Osborn - Michele Pertusi - Orchestra La Scintilla - Giovanni Antonini

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Performed on early 19th century instruments and presented with brisk tempos, bright tone colors, and a lean ensemble sound, this 2013 Decca recording of Vincenzo Bellini's tragic opera Norma strives to re-create the authentic vocal style and instrumental sonorities that would have been heard at its premiere. This reading is based on a critical study of the manuscript and other sources by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi. To the extent that Cecilia Bartoli is able to re-create the historical role of Norma and remove the modern associations that came with time (especially from the 20th century performances by Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé), she impresses with a lighter voiced and agile heroine who is wholly believable in this highly florid bel canto role. Bartoli is joined by Sumi Jo as Adalgisa, John Osborn as Pollione, and Michele Pertusi as Oroveso, and this cast was chosen to match their vocal qualities and to create expressive balance. The Orchestra La Scintilla is conducted by Giovanni Antonini, who communicates a lively and sometimes pugnacious interpretation of the score, notably in the incisive playing of the winds and timpani. While there is much to praise in this recording, purists may raise an eyebrow over the lowered pitch of the entire opera, tuned to A430. Furthermore, they may be disturbed by the unexpected modulation at the opening of "Casta diva" and myriad embellishments in its second verse, where Bartoli imitates the dazzling effects that were expected of a singer in Bellini's day. However, a real drawback is the sound of the recording, which was made in a church, necessitating extremely close microphone placement and audio enhancements that sound artificially mixed. Even so, considering the merits of Bartoli's bold reassessment of this time-honored role, and the complete rethinking of performance practices to bring them in line with the latest scholarship, this recording deserves a serious hearing, even if it doesn't win over all traditionalists or replace cherished performances from the past.
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Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi (Vincenzo Bellini)

1
Sinfonia
00:05:13

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 1 Scene 1 (Vincenzo Bellini)

2
Introduzione - "Ite sul colle, o Druidi"
00:07:59

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Svanir le voci!"
00:02:35

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Reinaldo Macias, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

4
"Meco all’altar di Venere "
00:03:55

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Reinaldo Macias, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

5
"Me protegge, me difende "
00:02:36

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Reinaldo Macias, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

6
"Norma viene"
00:03:24

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Sediziose voci, voci di guerra"
00:02:56

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Casta Diva"
00:06:30

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

9
"Fine al rito"
00:01:26

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"Ah! bello a me ritorna"
00:03:53

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
"Sgombra è la sacra selva, compiuto il rito"
00:03:01

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Deh! proteggimi, o Dio!"
00:02:14

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"Eccola! va, mi lascia, ragion non odo"
00:01:27

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Va, crudele, al Dio spietato"
00:08:25

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 1 Scene 2 (Vincenzo Bellini)

15
"Vanne, e li cela entrambi"
00:03:51

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Liliana Nikiteanu, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

16
"Adalgisa!"
00:03:01

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

17
"Oh! rimembranza!"
00:03:33

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

18
"Ah! sì, fa core, e abbracciami"
00:03:25

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

19
"Ma di’... l’amato giovane quale fra noi si noma?"..."Oh non tremare "
00:02:46

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

20
"Oh! di qual sei tu vittima ".."Oh! qual traspare orribile".."Norma! de’ tuoi rimproveri"
00:04:16

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

21
"Perfido! - Or basti...Vanne, sì: mi lascia, indegno "
00:04:54

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

DISC 2

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 2 Scene 1 (Vincenzo Bellini)

1
Scena – Introduzione - "Dormono entrambi"
00:08:40

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Liliana Nikiteanu, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

2
"Mi chiami, o Norma!"
00:02:12

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

3
"Deh! con te, con te li prendi"
00:03:36

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma / Act 2 Scene 1 (Vincenzo Bellini)

4
"Mira, O Norma"
00:04:32

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 2 Scene 1 (Vincenzo Bellini)

5
"Si, fino all’ore estreme"
00:01:46

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Sumi Jo, Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 2 Scene 2 (Vincenzo Bellini)

6
"Non parti?"
00:04:19

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

7
"Guerrieri! a voi venirne"
00:01:39

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

8
"Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno fremo io pure"
00:02:56

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Norma - Critical Edition by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi / Act 2 Scene 3 (Vincenzo Bellini)

9
"Ei tornerà"
00:03:47

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Liliana Nikiteanu, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

10
"Squilla il bronzo del Dio!"
00:01:32

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

11
"Guerra, guerra!"
00:01:38

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

12
"Né compi il rito, o Norma?"
00:03:10

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Liliana Nikiteanu, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

13
"In mia man alfin tu sei".."Già mi pasco ne’ tuoi sguardi"
00:06:10

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

14
"Dammi quel ferro"
00:02:47

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

15
"Qual cor tradisti, qual cor perdesti"
00:05:36

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

16
"Norma! deh! Norma, scolpati!"
00:02:04

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

17
"Deh non volerli vittime"
00:05:01

Vincenzo Bellini, Composer - Felice Romani, Author - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-Soprano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Giovanni Antonini, Conductor, MainArtist - John Osborn, Tenor, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michele Pertusi, Bass-Baritone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Orchestra La Scintilla, Orchestra, MainArtist - Riccardo Minasi, Contributor, Work Editor - International Chamber Vocalists, Chorus, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Philip Siney, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maurizio Biondi, Contributor, Work Editor

℗ 2013 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

Performed on early 19th century instruments and presented with brisk tempos, bright tone colors, and a lean ensemble sound, this 2013 Decca recording of Vincenzo Bellini's tragic opera Norma strives to re-create the authentic vocal style and instrumental sonorities that would have been heard at its premiere. This reading is based on a critical study of the manuscript and other sources by Maurizio Biondi and Riccardo Minasi. To the extent that Cecilia Bartoli is able to re-create the historical role of Norma and remove the modern associations that came with time (especially from the 20th century performances by Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and Montserrat Caballé), she impresses with a lighter voiced and agile heroine who is wholly believable in this highly florid bel canto role. Bartoli is joined by Sumi Jo as Adalgisa, John Osborn as Pollione, and Michele Pertusi as Oroveso, and this cast was chosen to match their vocal qualities and to create expressive balance. The Orchestra La Scintilla is conducted by Giovanni Antonini, who communicates a lively and sometimes pugnacious interpretation of the score, notably in the incisive playing of the winds and timpani. While there is much to praise in this recording, purists may raise an eyebrow over the lowered pitch of the entire opera, tuned to A430. Furthermore, they may be disturbed by the unexpected modulation at the opening of "Casta diva" and myriad embellishments in its second verse, where Bartoli imitates the dazzling effects that were expected of a singer in Bellini's day. However, a real drawback is the sound of the recording, which was made in a church, necessitating extremely close microphone placement and audio enhancements that sound artificially mixed. Even so, considering the merits of Bartoli's bold reassessment of this time-honored role, and the complete rethinking of performance practices to bring them in line with the latest scholarship, this recording deserves a serious hearing, even if it doesn't win over all traditionalists or replace cherished performances from the past.
© TiVo

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Since its birth in 2007, Erased Tapes has made a name for itself as one of the most innovative labels of the last 15 years and enjoyed great commercial success. Although some fail to see past its neoclassical shopfront (Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds), the London-based label explores the outer limits of ambient, electronica and experimental with a catalogue that's smoothly curated by the German Robert Raths. Qobuz takes a closer look.

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