“A Romantic Journey of Tuscany” (TrackList follows) – Music of VERDI, PUCCINI, CATALANI, LEONCAVALLO, DONIZETTI, VIVALDI Etc. – TopMusic
A gold CD compilation directed mainly toward audiophiles.
Opera Fantaisie — BELLINI: Norma: Theme and Variations; TCHAIKOVSKY: Eugene Onegin: Fantasia; BIZET: Carmen: Paraphrase; MEHUL: Je Suis Encore dans mon Printemps: Variations; GOUNOD: Faust: Fantasia; OFFENBACH: Les Contes d’Hoffmann: Fantasia; DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor: Fantasia – Emmanuel Ceysson, harp – Naïve
The solo harp finds either a demon or an angel in Monsieur Ceysson’s accounts of “salon” arrangements of operas that may have electrified Paris in their time, but certainly astound us here and now.
DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor (complete opera) – Natalie Dessay (Lucia)/ Vladislav Sulimsky (Enrico)/ others/ Mariinsky Orch. and Chorus/ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky (2 discs)
Not what I wished for, but still full of many virtues.
Music mostly from Giuliani’s second creative period; attractive pieces attractively played and recorded.