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CHAN 3036 - Verdi: Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)
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CD available From: 17 August 2000

Opera - Il Trovatore (The Troubadour)

 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Il Trovatore 134:56
      Opera in four acts
      Text by Salvatore Cammarano, from the drama El trovador by Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez
      English Translation by Tom Hammond
      Part I
      Scene 1
1 'Wake up, there, wake up, there!' 3:06
      Ferrando, Servants and Soldiers
2 'Heav'n had giv'n my old master' 7:45
      Ferrando, Servants and Soldiers
      Scene 2
3 'Come, wait no longer' 2:13
      Inez and Leonora
4 'The stars shone in the heav'ns above' 4:58
      Leonora and Inez
5 'No words can tell the measure' 1:42
      Leonora and Inez
6 'How still the night is' 2:08
      Count di Luna
7 'The Troubadour! The madman!' - 2:23
      'Though naught on earth is left me'
      Count di Luna, Manrico and Leonora
8 'Who's speaking?' 1:37
      Leonora, Count di Luna and Manrico
9 'Jealous fury and slighted passion' 2:34
      Count di Luna, Leonora and Manrico
      Part II
      Scene 1
10 'See how the shadowy clouds are flying' ('Anvil Chorus') 2:42
11 'Fierce flames are raging' 5:57
      Azucena, Gipsies and Manrico
12 'They brought her, fettered and pow'rless' 7:59
      Azucena and Manrico
13 'As we struggled he stumbled before me' 4:37
      Manrico, Azucena and a Messenger
14 'You are still too weak to venture' 2:19
      Azucena and Manrico
      Scene 2
15 'All is deserted' 1:54
      Count di Luna and Ferrando
16 'In the stars that shine above me' 4:19
      Count di Luna and Ferrando
17 'The hour has come, no more delay' 3:03
      Ferrando, Retainers and Count di Luna
18 'Here in this world of sorrow' 5:07
      Nuns, Count di Luna, Ferrando, Retainers, Leonora and Inez
19 'Oh, can it be, can I believe' 4:46
      Leonora, Count di Luna, Manrico, Inez, Ferrando, Nuns, Retainers, Ruiz and Followers
      Part III
      Scene 1
1 'Though today we take our leisure' ('Soldiers' Chorus') 4:34
      Soldiers and Ferrando
2 'She's in my rival's arms!' 2:29
      Count di Luna, Ferrando, Guards and Azucena
3 'Though my life was poor and lowly' 3:12
      Azucena, Ferrando, Count di Luna and Guards
4 'Ah! Release me from these cruel bonds' 2:09
      Azucena, Count di Luna, Ferrando and Guards
      Scene 2
5 'But what mean all these sounds of war around us?' 2:14
      Leonora and Manrico
6 'When holy church has blessed our love' 5:06
      Manrico, Leonora and Ruiz
7 'That fierce inferno, her cruel sentence' 3:17
      Manrico, Leonora, Ruiz and Soldiers
      Part IV
      Scene 1
8 'We're there now' 3:00
      Ruiz and Leonora
9 'Breeze of night, go seek him' 4:06
10 'Lord, have mercy upon a soul departing' ('Miserere') 5:13
      Chorus, Leonora and Manrico
11 'You will see that my devotion' 2:10
12 'Now hear me!' 1:54
      Count di Luna and Leonora
13 'See all these bitter tears of mine' 3:25
      Leonora and Count di Luna
14 'The man shall live' - 2:22
      'He lives! I cannot speak for joy'
      Count di Luna and Leonora
      Scene 2
15 'Mother, not sleeping?' 5:26
      Manrico and Azucena
16 'Yes, let me sleep for my limbss are weary . . .' 4:46
      Azucena, Manrico and Leonora
17 'You will not say?' 3:01
      Manrico, Leonora and Azucena
18 'Now leave me!' 4:58
      Manrico, Leonora, Count di Luna and Azucena
 Alan Opie baritone - Count di Luna
 Clive Bayley bass - Ferrando
 Sharon Sweet soprano - Doña Leonora
 Helen Williams soprano - Inez
 Anne Mason mezzo-soprano - Azucena
 Dennis O'Neill tenor - Manrico (The Troubadour)
 Mark Le Brocq tenor - Ruiz
 Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
 London Philharmonic Orchestra
 David Parry
 Recorded in:
 Blackheath Halls, London
      16-20 December 1999
 Brian Couzens
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Ralph Couzens
 Richard Smoker (Assistant)
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24 Bit / 192K

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