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Composer: Mercadante, Giuseppe Saverio (1795-1870)

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Year of birth1795
Year of death1870
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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Baden-BadenBella Italia!

Verdi, Prokofiev, Mercadante, Respighi
National Youth Orchestra of Germany; Daniele Gatti; Members of the Berlin Philharmonic
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Wexford revives Mercadante's Il bravo

Alessandro Luciano (Pisani) and Ekaterina Bakanova (Violetta) © Clive Barda
Mercadante's score proves to be something of a missing link between bel canto and early Verdi. 
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Mercadante's Francesca da Rimini in Martina Franca

© Paolo Conserva
A long awaited debut for an opera which revealed itself as a Romantic masterpiece.
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An exemplary partnership: Emmanuel Pahud and Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra in Istanbul

Emmanuel Pahud with Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra  ©  MPR
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra is no stranger when it comes to working with world-renowned soloists – their earlier collaborative roster includes the likes of Sviatoslav Richter, Menuhin, Rostropovich et al, but their rapport with Emmanuel Pahud is something that transcends musical partnership and wanders into the organically-knit companionship territory.
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