Donald Macleod introduces the music of Gian Carlo Menotti. With Overture (Amelia Goes to the Ball). The Medium: Monica's Waltz. Errand into the Maze. The Death of Orpheus.
Donald Macleod introduces the music of Gian Carlo Menotti - a composer who stood apart from his age, creating delightful operas when the genre had pretty much been pronounced dead. Right from his childhood puppet shows, Menotti's musical talents were hard-wired to the theatre. But the huge success in America of Menotti's Amelia Goes to the Ball had one slight cloud: his partner, Samuel Barber, composer of the now much more famous Adagio for Strings, felt that their relationship might be threatened by Menotti's sudden acclaim.
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