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Episode 5

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 08 July 2011

Donald Macleod explores why previously disparaging attitudes to Menotti's music have recently mellowed. His highly popular works were derided by highbrow critics as naïve and sentimental, yet Menotti never deviated from following his own path, insisting that one of the primary ingredients of good opera was the ability to bring tears to an audience's eyes. As his biographer John Gruen pointed out: "In later years even his greatest detractors would credit him with a flawless technique".

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  • Image for Karen ARMSTRONG(Speaker)

    Karen ARMSTRONG(Speaker) MENOTTI: The Idle Gift

    Performer: Homero FRANCESCH(Piano)

    Etcetera, KTC 1045, 9

  • Image for Gian Carlo Menotti

    Gian Carlo Menotti Lullaby from The Consul - musical drama in 3 acts

    Conductor: Yuli TUROVSKY Performer: I Musici De Montreal

    Chandos, CHAN 9304

  • Image for Gian Carlo Menotti

    Gian Carlo Menotti Fantasia for Cello and Orchestra

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Raphael WALLFISCH(Cello) Performer: Spoleto Festival Orchestra

    chandos, CHAN 9900

  • Image for Gian Carlo Menotti

    Gian Carlo Menotti The Death of the Bishop Brindisi

    Conductor: Erich LEINSDORF Performer: George LONDON(Bass) Performer: Lili CHOOKASIAN(Mezzo-soprano) Performer: NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY CHORUS(Main Artist) Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra

    RCA Victor, 09026 63747 2

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