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Gaetano Donizetti - La Favorita (1990)

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Gaetano Donizetti - La Favorita (1990)

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1. Act 1 - Sinfonia	Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna	5:36
2. Act 1 - Bell'alba, Foriera	Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna	2:06
3. Act 1 - Quella Preghiera Non Odi Tu?	Nicolai Ghiaurov	1:24
4. Act 1 - Parla, Figlio..... Una Vergine, Un'angel Di Dio	Nicolai Ghiaurov	4:09
5. Act 1 - E Fia Ver? Son Desto A Vaneggio?	Nicolai Ghiaurov	6:20
6. Act 1 - Bei Raggi Lucenti, Bell'aure Beate!	Ileana Cotrubas		3:20				play
7. Act 1 - Silenzio! Silenzio!	Ileana Cotrubas		2:19
8. Act 1 - Messaggera Gentile, Ninfa Discreta	Luciano Pavarotti	2:02
9. Act 1 - Ah, Mio Bene!	Fiorenza Cossotto	3:34
10. Act 1 - Fia Vero? Lasciarti!	Luciano Pavarotti	4:18
11. Act 1 - E L'uom Che La Desia, È Il Re?	Luciano Pavarotti 	4:33

1. Act 2 - Preludio ... Giardini D'Alcazar	Gabriel Bacquier	4:12
2. Act 2 - Vieni, Amor! A'piedi Tuoi	Gabriel Bacquier	2:50
3. Act 2 - De'nemici Tuoi Lo Sdegno	Gabriel Bacquier	3:16
4. Act 2 - Tutta La Mia Corte Per La Festa Previen!	Gabriel Bacquier	2:58
5. Act 2 - In Questo Suol A Lusingar Tua Cura	Gabriel Bacquier	5:18
6. Act 2 - Ballabile (Ballet)	Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna	19:52
7. Act 2 - Ah, Sire! ... Che Mai Fu?	Piero de Palma	3:24	
8. Act 2 - Ah, Paventa Il Furor	Nicolai Ghiaurov	3:17					play
9. Act 2 - Voi Tutti Che M'udite	Nicolai Ghiaurov	5:09
10. Act 3 - A Lei Son Presso Alfine!	Luciano Pavarotti	4:14
11. Act 3 - Leonora, Ei Del Suo Cor La Brama	Gabriel Bacquier	1:10
12. Act 3 - A Tanto Amor, Leonora, Il Tuo Risponda	Gabriel Bacquier	4:22
13. Act 3 - Fia Dunque Vero?	Fiorenza Cossotto	1:26
14. Act 3 - O Mio Fernando, Della Terra Il Trono	Fiorenza Cossotto	5:40	
15. Act 3 - Scritto In Cielo È Il Mio Dolor	Fiorenza Cossotto	1:54

1. Act 3 - Ines! ... Sposo A Te, Fernando?	Ileana Cotrubas		1:50
2. Act 3 - Di Già Vella Cappella?	Luciano Pavarotti	4:24
3. Act 3 - O Viltade, Obbrobrio Insano!	Piero de Palma	2:43
4. Act 3 - Per Me Del Ciel Si Dispiega Il Favor	Luciano Pavarotti	3:55
5. Act 3 - Sire, Io Ti Deggio ... O Ciel! Di Quell'alma	Luciano Pavarotti	5:14
6. Act 3 - Orsù, Fernando, Ascolta!	Gabriel Bacquier	3:54
7. Act 4 - Preludio ... Fratelli! Fratelli, Andiam	Nicolai Ghiaurov	8:31
8. Act 4 - Figlio Diletta, Ascolta!	Nicolai Ghiaurov	2:37	
9. Act 4 - Favorita Del Re!	Luciano Pavarotti	1:13	
10. Act 4 - Spirto Gentil, De'sogni Miei	Luciano Pavarotti	3:28					play
11. Act 4 - Figlio, Deh, Vien!	Nicolai Ghiaurov	1:49
12. Act 4 - Fernando, Fernando! Dove Mai Lo Trovero?	Fiorenza Cossotto	4:17
13. Act 4 - Fuggiam Da Queste Soglie!	Fiorenza Cossotto	5:01
14. Act 4 - Pietoso Al Par Del Nume	Fiorenza Cossotto	3:00
15. Act 4 - Addio! Fuggir Mi Lascia!	Luciano Pavarotti	1:51
16. Act 4 - Vieni, Ah Vien! Io M'abbandono All Gioia	Luciano Pavarotti	4:40

Alfonso - Gabriel Bacquier
Leonora - Fiorenza Cossotto
Fernando - Luciano Pavarotti
Baldassarre - Nicolai Ghiaurov
Don Gasparo - Piero de Palma
Ines - Ileana Cotrubas
Un Cortigiano - Bruno de Franceschi

Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus & Orchestra
Richard Bonynge - conductor


There is only one studio recording available of Donizetti's La Favorita (Italian version, not the original French language La Favorite) This is a bravura role for Luciano Pavarotti who's voice is certainly at its best here singing the role of Fernando, repertoire that could have been written just for him. The high C's and C#'s are exquisite here. He truly seems to know what he is singing about for this recording and his performance comes accross as very believable because of it. Fiorenza Cossotto is especially moving in her role as the "the favorite," Leonora. I found it unfortunate that she was not in better voice for the first act of this recording. Very disturbing was the love duet with Pavarotti. Ms. Cossotto was very wobbly and flat. In fact, at the end of the duet, (which is a definitive moment in the plot of the opera) Donizetti calls for the star tenor and mezzo-soprano to produce a lavish and sustained high C. Pavarotti's C is ample, well placed, and quite in tune, but Ms. Cossotto's C is extremely flat and ugly, especially considering there are two singers singing the same note at the same time, making her bad note sound even worse next to her partner's perfect note! I do not know why Maestro Richard Bonynge would not have asked for another take of the duet. Fortunately, she sounds much better for the remainder of the recording. I find it very strange! The rest of the cast, including Ileana Cotrubas, Gabriel Bacquier, and Nicolai Ghiaurov, are superb, and overall one could only hope that the only available studio recording of this opera in its Italian version would be so great. I highly reccomend the French version, La Favorite, recorded with Ramon Vargas and Veselina Kassarova. (I believe this is the only French version studio recording as well, and this opera has such beautiful music you will want both!) --- RAWoFFtheWaLL "Workman" (Williamsport, PA USA)

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