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BEL CANTO BULLY - The musical legacy of the legendary opera impresario Domenico Barbaja

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Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category OperaOrchestral
Catalogue 8.578237
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 9.99
 

 
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USD 7.99
 

 
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USD 6.99
 

 


Domenico Barbaja (1777–1841) was the legendary impresario who dominated European operatic stages for thirty years. The ruthless mogul was at the very heart of the bel canto era in which beautiful singing, allied to flawless technique, was brought to perfection. This release celebrates his legacy in exploring how Barbaja influenced the way opera was written and performed, by commissioning a series of masterpieces from the greatest composers of the time, such as Rossini, Donizetti and Weber, and staging them in his magnificent opera houses, performed by the most glamorous singers of the age.


   




Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Infodad.com,May 2013

…the musical selections themselves are certainly worth hearing, being a cross-section of better-known and less-known works of the bel canto era. Because a number of these works are little-known and infrequently performed today, the musical mixture is an enjoyable one in and of itself; the enjoyment increases when the works are heard in the context of the story of Barbaja’s life and times. © 2013 Infodad.com Read complete review



Review By Mary Kunz Goldman,The Buffalo News,April 2013

Fascinating in several ways, this disc is, in effect, a promotion for a book published this month by Haus Publishing in Britain. The book is a biography of Domenico Barbaja, a charming but power-hungry man who shaped bel canto opera in the early 1800s. It is fun to see opera through Barbaja’s eyes, to confront the composers from a business angle. He shaped Bellini’s career, signing him up right out of the Naples Conservatory. He commissioned 26 operas from Donizetti. Rossini was apparently late fulfilling his commissions; once, Barbaja had to lock him in his apartment until he finished the now-forgotten “Otello.”

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