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Cat. No. CHAN 3036(2) Price: £18 No. of discs: 2
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CHAN 3036 - Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)
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Available From: 17 August 2000
Verdi seems to have been immediately captured by the opportunities that Gutiérrez’s drama ‘El trovador’ would give him as a libretto. It offered in abundance the strong situations in which his sombre genius revelled. What particularly appealed to him was the character of the gipsy woman Azucena, the perpetual conflict in her mind between maternal and filial love. No wonder he thought of naming the opera after her; no wonder all her music is so original and inspired.

Verdi was also attracted to her because, like Rigoletto, she was an outcast, an outsider; so he demanded from his librettist, the poet Salvatore Cammarano, a book that would allow him the freedom of expression already encountered in ‘Rigoletto’. Indeed he declared that when he was given verses to set, the more novel and bizarre they were the more he liked them.

In ‘Trovatore’ Verdi had tightened his forms, improved his orchestral textures, and refined and carried his vocal lines so that, as is not the case in ‘Ernani’, no bar could be removed without damaging its carefully crafted structure. In purely musical terms, matters such as key relationships, recurring motifs, and vocal lines that precisely match the characters who sing them unconsciously focus the mind and ear of the listener as he experiences this enthralling opera.
Reviews

‘…I cannot think of a performance I have enjoyed more than this one… It is one of the series’ best.’
Gramophone on CHAN 3027(2) (‘The Elixir of Love’)

‘A further valuable addition to the Chandos Opera in English series’.
Opera Now

‘…one of the finest issues in the Peter Moores Foundation’s Opera in English series… the cast can hardly be faulted.’
The Guardian on CHAN 3033(2) (‘Werther’)

‘I enjoyed the performance twice through and would heartily recommend it to anyone searching for an alternative version of the opera…’
Fanfare

‘Another jewel in the Chandos Moores crown.’
Classic CD on CHAN 3030(2) (‘Rigoletto’)

 

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