Donizetti: La Favorite
By Vesselina Kasarova; Ramon Vargas; Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks; Munchner Rundfunkorchester; Marcello Viotti. By Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). Classical. 2 listening CDs. Published by Sony Music Entertainment (NX.88875194762).
Item Number: NX.88875194762
The most recent of these reissued sets is the 1999 recording of La Favorite, conducted by Marcello Viotti, who "gets the long lines of Donizetti's melodies just right and holds the big ensembles together well. His Munich forces play and sing handsomely. In Vesselina Kasarova we have a Leonor of admirable poise and beautiful tone" (ClassicsToday.com). "As Fernand", wrote BBC Music Magazine, "Ramon Vargas is stylish and fluent in his two arias with their dauntingly high range." The whole recording was praised by Gramophone as "a beautifully conceived and performed version of an opera too often encountered in its Italian guise, but here brought vividly to life in the original French.".
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