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Opera Explained: Bellini - La Sonnambula (Smillie)

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XM 8175
 
Opera Explained: Bellini - La Sonnambula (Smillie)
Label Catalogue Number:
8.558175
ISBN: 9781843793328
Download Size: 63 Mb
Running Time: 01:18:52
Release Date: November 2008
Originally recorded in 2008
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Vincenzo Bellini
Producer
Genevieve Helsby
Engineer
Norman Goodman
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Classical

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Opera Explained: Bellini - La Sonnambula (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
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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