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Opera Explained: Rossini - Tancredi (Smillie)

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Opera Explained: Rossini - Tancredi (Smillie)
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ISBN: 9781843793236
Download Size: 62 Mb
Running Time: 01:17:34
Digital UPC: 9781843793236

Release Date: October 2004
Originally recorded in 2004
Thomson Smillie
David Timson
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Rossini - Tancredi (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
Rossini's comic operas, like The Barber of Seville, are better known than his tragedies though he wrote in fact many more tragedies than comedies. One of them, his last, William Tell, is actually credited with launching the whole age of Grand Opéra. Tancredi is an early work - indeed his first smash hit - and it established his international fame. It has all the youthful verve of the comedies allied to a sure dramatic sense, and several of the arias, including the famous 'Di tanti palpiti', are magnificent examples of the sort of virtuoso vocal writing that earns the title 'bel canto': 'beautiful singing', first and last.

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