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      Operatic Mad Scenes

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      So called Mad Scenes have been long been a staple of opera especially during the bel canto era of Donizetti and Bellini. Larry offers two later examples. Natalie Dessay sings Ophelia’s Mad Scene from Hamlet and Philip Langridge descends into madness as Peter Grimes.

       

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      Thomas Hamlet Mad Scene: “A vos jeux mes amis”
      Natalie Dessay with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo
      Conducted by Patrick Fournillier
      Recorded in Monte Carlo in 1996
      EMI 7243 5 56159 2 3

       

      Britten: Peter Grimes Act III, Scene 2 “Grimes!”
      Philip Langridge, Janice Watson and Alan Opie
      The London Symphony Chorus and the City of London Sinfonia
      Conducted by Richard Hickox
      Recorded in Blackheath in 1995
      CHANDOS 9448

       

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