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The 'Discover' series opens the door to key areas of classical music. Through a combination of illustrative music tracks and a richly filled booklet, the exploration is both revealing and enjoyable.


For 400 years, opera has illuminated the innermost recesses of human existence. Once the sport of kings and princes, it now provides the soundtrack of our lives, its best-loved tunes heard on football terraces, in films and advertisements, and even at the opera house. From Monteverdi's 'Orfeo' to Harrison Birtwistle's 'The Mask of Orpheus', by way of Handel and Mozart, Verdi and Wagner, Puccini and Stravinsky, Discover Opera surveys the entire history of this extravagant yet intimate art form. Along the way we encounter duelling composers, superstar castratos, abandoned heroines driven mad by passion and swashbuckling heroes striving for elusive high notes. There is love, there is murder, there are shepherds and nymphs, gypsies and queens, an earthquake and a poisonous snake. All play their part in the history of opera, the art form that brings together all the arts in a lavish combination of emotion and spectacle.

INCLUDES MUSIC BY: Monteverdi, Purcell, Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Berg, Britten, Birtwistle, Adams and others.
Item number 8558196-97
Barcode 636943819623
Release date 01/10/2006
Category CD
Label Naxos Educational
Media type CD
Number of units 2
Artists Carmignani, Alessandro
Cosentino, Alessandro
Ferrarini, Alida
Buchanan, Alison
Bonitatibus, Anna
Micco, Anna Maria di
Biel, Ann-Christine
Owens, Anne-Marie
Michaels-Moore, Anthony
Skovhus, Bo
Falkman, Carl Johan
Gillett, Christopher
Kallisch, Cornelia
Trimarchi, Domenico
Lienbacher, Edith
Tumagian, Eduard
Fox, Edward
Facini, Enrico
Grandis, Franco de
Barr, Frank
Benackova-Cap, Gabriela
Theruel, Gerard
Doro, Gianluca Belfiori
Lamberti, Giorgio
Winslade, Glenn
Banditelli, Gloria
Alperyn, Graciela
Fassbender, Hedwig
Kwon, Hellen
Rigby, Jean
Grove, Jill
Saparova, Jitka
Garrison, Jon
Zapata, Jose Maria
Halasz, Judith
Faulkner, Julia
Dalayman, Katarina
Trotman, Kimako Xavier
Amps, Kym
Rysanek, Leonie
Orgonasova, Luba
Mescheriakova, Marina
Borst, Martina
Muhlpointner, Martina
Hill, Martyn
Comencini, Maurizio
DeYoung, Michelle
Delunsch, Mireille
Gauci, Miriam
Whicher, Monica
Bordogna, Paolo
Cigna, Patrizia
Fried, Peter
Servile, Roberto
Frisani, Rosita
Matthews, Sally
Ryden, Susanne
Ochman, Wieslaw
Ramiro, Yordy
Composers Beethoven, Ludwig van
Berg, Alban
Bartok, Bela
Britten, Benjamin
Gluck, Christoph Willibald
Debussy, Claude
Monteverdi, Claudio
Cavalli, Francesco
Donizetti, Gaetano
Handel, George Frideric
Bizet, Georges
Puccini, Giacomo
Rossini, Gioachino
Verdi, Giuseppe
Birtwistle, Harrison
Berlioz, Hector
Purcell, Henry
Stravinsky, Igor
Rameau, Jean-Philippe
Adams, John
Janacek, Leos
Vecchi, Orazio
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il'yich
Wagner, Richard
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Conductors Zedda, Alberto
Rahbari, Alexander
Davis, Andrew
Ostman, Arnold
Medlam, Charles
Davis, Colin
Queler, Eve
Casadesus, Jean-Claude
Mallon, Kevin
Simon, Klaus
Segerstam, Leif
Brabbins, Martyn
Halasz, Michael
Fredman, Myer
Eotvos, Peter
Craft, Robert
Vartolo, Sergio
Humburg, Will
Orchestras Aradia Ensemble
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra
Failoni Chamber Orchestra
Sinfonietta, Holst
Hungarian State Opera Chorus
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra
Lille National Orchestra
Baroque, London
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Concento, Mediterraneo
New York Opera Orchestra
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra
San Petronio Cappella Musicale Orchestra
Scholars Baroque Ensemble
Simon Joly Male Chorus
Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Stockholm Royal Opera Chorus
Stockholm Royal Opera Orchestra
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg
Producers Larsson, Anne Charlotte
Silver, Bonnie
Tarr, Edward H.
Niznansky, Emil
Squires, Gregory K.
Toth, Ibolya
Disc: 1
Lucia di Lammermoor, Act III Scene 2
1 Vien'a qua (Cardon, Zanni)
2 Toccata
3 Act I: Rosa del ciel (Orfeo)
4 Act II: Ahi caso acerbo (Messaggiera)
5 Dolcissimi baci (Endimione, Diana)
6 Thy hand, Belinda; darkness shades me (Dido)
7 When I am laid in earth (Dido)
8 Lascia ch'io pianga (Almirena)
9 Tristes apprets (Telaire)
10 Aria, Che faro senza Euridice? (Orfeo)
11 Recitative and Aria, Giunse al fin il momento... (
12 Act I: Aria: Fin ch'han dal vino (Don Giovanni)
13 Act II: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don
14 Recitative and Aria, O zitt're nicht... (Queen of
15 Recitative and Aria, Abscheulicher! wo eilst du h
16 Prelude
17 Act III Scene 3: Mild und leise wie er lachelt (Is
18 Duet and Finale: Zitto, zitto, piano, piano (Ramir
19 Ardon gli incensi (Lucia)
Disc: 2
The Mask of Orpheus, Act III Scene 2 (excerpts)
1 Prelude
2 Act III Scene 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Ma
3 Facciamo il parentado - Tutto nel mundo e burla (
4 Vogliatemi bene (Madama Butterfly)
5 Adieu, fiere cite (Didon)
6 Prelude
7 Act IV: Viva! (People, Don Jose, Carmen)
8 Puskaj pogibnu ja (Tatyana), "Letter Scene"
9 Ou vas-tu? (Pelleas, Melisande)
10 Dort links geht's in die Stadt (Marie, Wozzeck)
11 Vstaute, pustounko moja! (Jenufa, Kostelnicka, Lac
12 Ah! Lasd ez az... (Door 5) (Judith, Bluebeard)
13 Prologue (Opening)
14 I. Dawn (Peter Grimes, Act II, Interlude)
15 Now the Great Bear and Pleiades (P. Grimes, Bob Bo
16 One Last look? (Consuelo, Dewain)
17 3rd Song of Magic (a) (Orpheus) -
18 Eurydice Puppet - Eurydice Singer (Euridice the Wo
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