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Sir Mark Elder conducts the world premiere of Donizetti’s opera semiseria from 1839, composed for a theatre which closed down before the opening night, but subsequently heavily revised as La favorite.
New albums from Iestyn Davies and Fretwork, Quatuor Diotima and the Carducci Quartet, plus the world premiere of Moniuszko’s Halka in its 1857 Italian version from Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante.
The conductor talks to Katherine about the world premiere recording of Donizetti’s 1839 opera, released tomorrow on Opera Rara with Joyce El-Khoury in the title-role.
A centenary edition from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Robert Casadesus’s collected Columbia recordings, Tchaikovsky’s complete solo piano works from Valentina Lisitsa, and a comprehensive recorder anthology from Brilliant Classics.
The winner of the 2017 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition talks to Katherine about his debut solo album of music by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Prokofiev, released last Friday on Rubicon.
Presto Classical Recording of the Week
Joyce El-Khoury (Countess Sylvia de Linarès), David Junghoon Kim (Leone de Casaldi), Laurent Naouri (Don Gaspar), Vito Priante (Don Fernand d’Aragon), Royal Opera Chorus & Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Sir Mark Elder
Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, CD Quality FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC
Katherine listens to the world première recording of Donizetti's 'lost' operatic masterpiece. Written in 1839 for a theatre that went bankrupt before opening night, it was never performed until resurrected in concert performances last year under the baton of Sir Mark Elder.
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