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    Default Recordings of Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore

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    This is thread to write about Elisir's you've heard and share your impressions. I've checked most of famous recordings of it and I'm wondering if I've missed any notable rendition. I shall share my thoughts on those I've heard so far in case anyone would consider extending his Elisir collection.

    I has these:



    In this recording you have Domingo at his best. Domingo is class of it's own but he made so many recordings that among them there are many disappointing ones. This one surely doesn't belong to them. It's one of those recordings where every single note from a singer is beautiful solely because of his splendid voice, even if it's only recitativo. I'd say it's the best Nemorino I've heard. Cotrubas soft voice lacks dramatic strenght but who would expect it from Adina? She is magnificent here, especially when he sings the act II barcarolle so coquettishly. Belcore is very good too, Dulcamara - well, he's okay. Orchestra sounds perfect, the way they play introduction from act II (before cantiamo) they give this fragment all justice - all other recordings make it sound flat but here the whole character of this characteristic part comes out.



    Carreras sings great but he is the only bright star here. I can't say I liked Ricciarelli's Adina, nor the orchestra which sounds flat all the way and doesn't expose all those great rhythms and factures well. There is also Nucci. He, why does he appear on most of these CDs? Because he's the best Belcore to find? CERTAINLY.

    Btw, there is some unreleased (apparently) recording with Carreras and other singers from Vienna:



    And it seems great. Too bad it's impossible to get.



    Pavarotti and Battle make very good pair of main character and especially Pavarotti made me rediscover some fragments. He sings the ending of Dulcamara/Nemorino duet in act I unlike others, he finds a way to cooperate with the other guy and sings softer. Another + for orchestra but none for Dulcamara. And there is Nucci, too, perhaps in his best Belcore incarnation among CDs.



    I've written about Pavarotti before. Sutherland doesn't really convice me as Adina but there is one aspect in which this version is superior to previous Pavarotti CD - Dulcamara. I liked this one much better, though overally I'll take the first of Pavarotti CDs over this.



    Now the famous DVD. Would you guess? Villazon is great tenor. For today's standards he is exceptional. He has strong, solid voice of unique brand and doesn't sing like anemic. Compared to someone like Alagna he is indeed great singer. I don't think I have to say anything about Netrebko. But I do have to say something about D'Arcangelo. He is the best Dulcamara of all I've heard. Most of them spoil the barcarole and many other parts with silly staccato phrasing and are overacting to achieve bad comic effect. He doesn't do neither yet he is the most convicing, both musically and as a character. And there is the visual aspect. Netrebko and Villazon know each other so well that their performance is so natural and sincere that I could hardly imagine better. Nucci also turns out to be not only great Belcore singer but the actor too. Just look at his gallantery while singing "come Paride vezzoso" - he instantly became my hero. I almost regret that he eventually loose with Nemorino. Also, of all DVDs with Netrebko, this one is perhaps where she looks most remarkably beautiful. Staging. It's good though apparently very old (look to the youtube link at Carreras part).
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    Nice, I also love this Netrebko DVD.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I too think the DVD is great, though I have a some sympathy with the Amazon reviewer who felt that Nucci and D'Arcangelo might have done better (at least visually) to have switched roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amfortas View Post
    I too think the DVD is great, though I have a some sympathy with the Amazon reviewer who felt that Nucci and D'Arcangelo might have done better (at least visually) to have switched roles.
    Perhaps, but then that might make Belcore too genuinely tempting.
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    I've got two CDs



    and I prefer the Carreras. One of my first complete opera purchases & returning to it is like meeting up with a sentimental & much loved friend.

    Like most people I love this DVD



    And I agree with Aramis about D'Arcangelo, I think he's brilliant on here.
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    This is my favourite DVD:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Nice, I also love this Netrebko DVD.
    THE GUY HATES ME I KNOW BECAUSE HE WROTE "NETREBKO" INSTEAD OF USUAL "ANNA" TO ME

    WHY YOU HATE ME SO MUCH BUT SO BE IT I DON'T CARE YOU'RE JUST LIKE YOUR GRANDGRANDGRANDGANDGRANDMOTHER FROM XVTH CENTURY SHE NEVER HANGED OUT WITH LADS FROM OUR CASTLE BUT I'M STRONG I WILL SURVIVE GO GO GO IN THIS WORLD OF ABDONIMATENCE I'M LOOKING FOR HAPPINESS AND BEAUTY CAN YOU DIRECT ME TO IT IS IT ROSSINI

    This is my favourite DVD:
    Alagna/Gheorghiu usual duet? Basing on what I've heard from them so far I don't dare to bear high hopes but I'll look after this.
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    Oh no not I,

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    Walk out the door. Just turn around now. You're not welcome anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    IN THIS WORLD OF ABDONIMATENCE I'M LOOKING FOR HAPPINESS AND BEAUTY CAN YOU DIRECT ME TO IT IS IT ROSSINI
    ABDONIMATENCE has even defeated Google

    Your search - ABDONIMATENCE - did not match any documents.

    Suggestions:

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    But if you're really looking for a world of happiness & beauty I wouldn't go for Rossini
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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    ABDONIMATENCE has even defeated Google



    But if you're really looking for a world of happiness & beauty I wouldn't go for Rossini
    Cenerentola is happy. And beautiful.

    Try Bartoli or Baltsa.

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    I also have this, which is OK.


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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    This is my favourite DVD:

    Really? Don't you think Roberto Alagna's rendition of Una furtiva lagrima is particularly anemic?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    THE GUY HATES ME I KNOW BECAUSE HE WROTE "NETREBKO" INSTEAD OF USUAL "ANNA" TO ME

    WHY YOU HATE ME SO MUCH BUT SO BE IT I DON'T CARE YOU'RE JUST LIKE YOUR GRANDGRANDGRANDGANDGRANDMOTHER FROM XVTH CENTURY SHE NEVER HANGED OUT WITH LADS FROM OUR CASTLE BUT I'M STRONG I WILL SURVIVE GO GO GO IN THIS WORLD OF ABDONIMATENCE I'M LOOKING FOR HAPPINESS AND BEAUTY CAN YOU DIRECT ME TO IT IS IT ROSSINI
    Too late. My hitmen have already been dispatched to get you. If I knew you liked this Anna DVD, I'd have spared you. But unfortunately once a contract is on, I can't call them back. It's their professional ethics, they get the hit completed anyway. Sorry.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Well, even an anemic rendition by Mr. Alagna, will always be preferable to anything produced by Mr. Villazón's throat.





    If we are taking into account only singing, then this will be my DVD of choice:



    Last edited by schigolch; Oct-18-2011 at 07:53.

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    no roll call of Adina's should be without Judith Blegen.

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