DONIZETTI: La figlia del reggimento (Naxos: 8.660161-62)
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Inspired by the example and encouragement of Rossini, Donizetti moved to Paris, where he soon established himself with a series of operas that seemed likely, Berlioz thought, to oust French composers from their proper place.
'La fille du r?®giment' was written for Paris, where it won and retained popularity. Donizetti revised the work for La Scala, Milan, as 'La figlia del reggimento', a light-hearted story of an orphan girl, adopted by a regiment, but finally finding her real mother and happiness with the young man she loves.
Marzio Conti and the Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Marrucino di Chieti turn their hand to Donizetti following their highly successful recording of Rossini's 'Il Turco in Italia' (8.660183-84
). "Conti conducts swiftly and surely, a dapper, stylish reading that marries Mozartian grace with Rossinian vitality." 'Gramophone'"