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Michael William Balfe: Satanella ()

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composed by Michael William Balfe

The supernatural plot, drawn from old ballets, is preposterous, and the title sounds as though it came from one of Roger Vadim's sexpot films of the 1960s, but Michael William Balfe's Satanella, composed in 1858, continued to inspire new performances well into the 20th century. It's easy to understand why: even fairly late in life (Balfe was 50 when the opera had its premiere after a genesis lasting some years) he had a gift for hummable tunes, and Satanella, here shorn of its spoken dialogue, is packed with them. The ...

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Michael William Balfe: Satanella
2016, Naxos

UPC: 730099037877

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