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Overtures and Preludes to operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini & Verdi – including Aida, Don Pasquale, La traviata, Nabucco, Norma & The Force of Destiny
Reviewed by: Colin Anderson
Reviewed: August 2007
CD No: MEDICI MASTERS MM008-2
Duration: 72 minutes
Serafin (1878-1968), a seasoned exponent of Italian opera, learnt his craft as a violist in the La Scala Orchestra and went on to restore faith in bel canto repertoire, promote Maria Callas, and here reveals all the musical glory, whether drama or comedy, of these favourite curtain-raisers. No histrionics, just sound musical values at the service of charms and thrills.