Bellini - Norma
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Cat No: 4786018
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 10th June 2016
Orchestra La Scintilla
For the first time ever the entire music is recorded with period instruments from Belliniís time. Traditional cuts are reinstated. Keys and tonalities are put back into place and the music is executed according to Belliniís own tempo indications.
The leading characters were selected according to Belliniís own choice of vocal colours: Bellini wrote Norma for Giuditta Pasta, who sang many parts which today are considered mezzosoprano roles. Adalgisa was sung by Giulia Grisi, a light soprano, and Pollione by Domenico Donzelli, who had a flexible, Rossini-style tenor voice.
A new critical music edition was compiled from the autograph score and many manuscript sources.
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