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Episode 3

Composer of the Week, Verismo Episode 3 of 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 May 2010

The success of Mascagni and Leoncavallo encouraged a wave of young composers to bring a sense of reality of their theatrical productions. Today Donald Macleod and Roger Parker look at the work of Catalani, best known for the aria used in the French film "Diva", Giordano, who introduced socialist principles to a tale of aristocratic love in the French revolution and the work that catapulted Puccini to fame and fortune, his adaptation of the tale of the courtesan Manon Lescaut.

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6 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Pietro Mascagni

    Pietro Mascagni l'Amico Fritz (Act 2): Suzel, buon dì (cherry duet)

    Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (soprano), Roberto Alagna (tenor), Orchestra of Deutsche Opera, Alberto Veronesi (conductor)

    DG 289 477 8358, 14

  • Image for Alfredo Catalani

    Alfredo Catalani Loreley: Amor, celeste ebbrezza

    Performer: Mirella Freni (soprano), Mirella Freni (soprano), Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra, Roberto Abbado (conductor)

    Decca 433 416  , 10

  • Image for Alfredo Catalani

    Alfredo Catalani La Wally, Act 1: Hagenbach? L'aborro!..Sei tu che domandata hai la mia man?..Ebben?....Ne

    Performer: Justino Diaz (Stromminger), Piero Cappuccilli (Gellner), Renata Tebaldi (Wally), Orchestre national de l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Fausto Cleva (conductor)

    Decca 425 417-2, 7 to 9

  • Image for Giacomo Puccini

    Giacomo Puccini Manon Lescaut , Act 2 Dispettosetto questo riccio!..In quelle trine morbide…Poiché tu vuo

    Performer: Mirella Freni (soprano) Manon, Dwayne Croft (baritone) Lescaut, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine (conductor)

    Decca 440 200-2, 13 to 15

  • Image for Umberto Giordano

    Umberto Giordano Andrea Chénier, End of Act 1: Al mio dire perdono ed al mio ardire…Un dì all'azzurro spazi

    Performer: Placido Domingo (Chénier), Renata Scotto (Maddalena), Jean Kraft (Countess de Coigny), John Alldis Choir, National Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine (conductor)

    RCA Victor GD 82046, 10 to 12

  • Image for Umberto Giordano

    Umberto Giordano Fedora: Troppo tardi! Tutto tramonta, tutto dilegua

    Performer: Renee Fleming (soprano) Fedora, Arturo Chacón-Cruz (tenor) Loris, Emma Latis (ragazzo), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Marco Armiliato (conductor)

    Decca 478 1533, 14

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