Monday, 1 July 2013
Bartoli As "Norma"... The Old Man Listens In...
The Old Man do find Decca's new recording of Bellini's "Norma" buried under other stuff at HMV. He be annoyed at this burying of treasure.... but he do buy it, take it home, play it .... and we both do enjoy it very much. It has taken me a long time to get to the point of enjoying such music. And talk of "revised score" and "original instruments"... be the very kind of thing to put me off for a while longer.
But then I'd miss out on what turns out to be a beautiful, energetic, passionate and very musical version of the opera. Cecilia Bartoli as doomed Druid priestess, Norma ..... alongside John Osborn, Sumi Jo and the Orchestra La Scintilla conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
It be a cracker, ladies and gents.