A new complete studio recording of one of the most iconic operas in music history, in its original form.

For generations Bellini’s “Norma” has been looked at from the vantage point of the Verismo era at the beginning of the 20th century. Now Cecilia Bartoli unveils the opera’s original pre-romantic style and colour by taking Norma back to its roots.

For the first time ever the entire music is recorded with period instruments from Bellini’s time. Traditional cuts are reinstated. Keys and tonalities are put back into place and the music is executed according to Bellini’s own tempo indications. A new critical music edition was compiled from the autograph score and many manuscript sources.

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BELLINI Norma. Cecilia Bartoli, Sumi Jo, John Osborn, Michele Pertusi, Orchestra La Scintilla / Giovanni Antonini. Decca 2cdsBELLINI Norma. Cecilia Bartoli, Sumi Jo, John Osborn, Michele Pertusi, Orchestra La Scintilla / Giovanni Antonini. Decca 2cdsView or buy