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This audio book series introduces, in words and music, the plot and background of major operas. Using the principal themes and arias, taken from the Naxos recordings of the complete works, the presentation is informative yet entertaining, enabling the listener to get more from this remarkable art form.

'La sonnambula' was written by Bellini as a vehicle for two of the supreme singers of his age and accordingly is a fine example of the school we call bel canto, where beauty of voice and the virtuosity of the singers is integral to conveying the emotions in the soul of the composer.

The fact that Bellini was one of the great melodists, writing long, beautiful vocal lines, that he was a master orchestrator and that he could write stirringly for the chorus all conspire to make 'La sonnambula' an extremely enjoyable example of Italian opera in its prime.

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Item number 8558175
Barcode 636943817520
Release date 27/10/2008
Label Naxos Educational
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Artists David Timson
Composers Vincenzo Bellini
Disc: 1
An Introduction to … BELLINI La sonnambula
1 Background: Introduction
2 Background: Rossini and Donizetti
3 Background: Bellini: his life and other operas
4 La sonnambula: The plot and bel canto
5 La sonnambula: Prelude and Lisa's cavatina
6 La sonnambula: Amina's entrance
7 La sonnambula: Amina and Elvino's love duet
8 La sonnambula: Enter Count Rodolfo
9 La sonnambula: Exit Count Rodolfo, and other love
10 La sonnambula: Lisa's visit and Amina's sleepwalki
11 La sonnambula: Broken-hearted Elvino
12 La sonnambula: Elvino still feels betrayed
13 La sonnambula: Plot revelations
14 La sonnambula: The 'mad' scene
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