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Leoncavallo: I Medici [CD]

Placido Domingo Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Medici/Act 1 - Preludio E Fanfara Da CacciaAlberto Veronesi 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Medici/Act 1 - E Nel Papa Un NemicoFabio Maria Capitanucci 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Medici/Act 1 - Tacita SelvaFabio Maria Capitanucci 1:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Medici/Act 1 - No, De L'antica GreciaAlberto Veronesi 1:59£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Medici/Act 1 - L'amor Egli È La NuvolaCarlos Alvarez 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Medici/Act 1 - Come Amava Il Suo Damo!Alberto Veronesi 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Medici/Act 1 - Fiorin Di Prato!Eric Owens 2:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Medici/Act 1 - Partì Ma Niuno ScorgesiAlberto Veronesi 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Medici/Act 1 - Ninfa Non SonoAlberto Veronesi 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Medici/Act 1 - Come Poterti E SprimereAlberto Veronesi 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Medici/Act 1 - Taci Un Rumor Nel BoscoEric Owens 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Medici/Act 2 - Mosso E DecisoAlberto Veronesi0:50£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Medici/Act 2 - Egli Vole GuidarEric Owens 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Medici/Act 2 - Perchè PaceEric Owens 4:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Medici/Act 2 - Laggiù! ... Ascolta Il CantoFabio Maria Capitanucci 6:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Medici/Act 2 - Che Ne Di'tu?Carlos Alvarez 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Medici/Act 2 - Le Mie ModesteCarlos Alvarez 4:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Medici/Act 2 - Tutto È Festa E TripudioFabio Maria Capitanucci 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I Medici/Act 2 - Si Canterò! ... Le Copie S'intreccianoFabio Maria Capitanucci 6:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Medici/Act 2 - Povera SimonettaPiero Monti 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I Medici/Act 2 - Allora Che Più FaciliAlberto Veronesi 1:55£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Medici/Act 2 - Si! Si! Questo Nuovo PalpitoAlberto Veronesi 4:48£0.79  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Medici/Act 3 - Andante SostenutoAlberto Veronesi 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Medici/Act 3 - Va, Rinfranca Nel SonnoDebora Beronesi 7:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Medici/Act 3 - È La ... Si Scorge LumeEric Owens 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Medici/Act 3 - Gli Eventi Non ArriseroAlberto Veronesi 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Medici/Act 3 - Me Lasso! Io Che PensavaEric Owens 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Medici/Act 3 - Qualcuno È Là.Eric Owens 3:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Medici/Act 4 - Allegro Con FuocoAlberto Veronesi 1:17£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Medici/Act 4 - Credo In Unum DeumEric Owens 6:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Medici/Act 4 - Signor Prostrata In LagrimeEric Owens 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Medici/Act 4 - Muori! Muori!Fabio Maria Capitanucci 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Medici/Act 4 - Da Lunga Pezza I MediciCarlos Alvarez 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Medici/Act 4 - All'Arno! A Morte!Carlos Alvarez 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Plácido Domingo adds another tenor lead to his shelf of heroes--in this case, Giuliano de Medici in Leoncavallo’s rarity I Medici. Recorded in the Medici city, Florence, I Medici is the one and only complete recording of this work on the market. I Medici was first performed in 1893, the year after Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci put the composer on the map. Plácido Domingo is partnered by Carlos Álvarez, Daniela Dessì, Eric Owens, and Vitalij Kowaljow, all of whom sing pungently on the word, in true verismo style. The Florence Opera Orchestra and Chorus are led by Alberto Veronesi, director of the Puccini Festival.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Recording 14 Aug 2010
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Contrary to the initial reviewers remarks I can find much of merit in this recording. The opera is undeniably uneaven in its inspiration, however, the one English book on the life of Leoncavallo, (by Konrad Dryden), refers to this opera as containing much that is sumptious in its vocal writing. Arias that are impressive and ensembles that are successful in conveying both the atmosphere and poetry of medieval Italy. He concludes by observing that Leoncavallo succeeds in making it more than just an Italian form of Wagner.
Just as a point of interest the introduction to this book is written by Placido Domingo who makes it quite clear that he is a keen supporter of Leoncavallo's music and how he would like to have sung more of his roles. Get youself a copy and enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Leoncavallo - "I Medici" 3 Dec 2010
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Another "unusual" to come on to the market. Knowing "Pagliacci" very well and having one or two other Leoncavallo operas I have not been disappointed in this one; maybe not quite filled with the more immediate melodies of "Pagliacci". Singing excellent, as you'd expect with Domingo, but all round too. For those wishing a foray into the 'unknown' this recording is well worth having.
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But I regret I bought this opera.
High drama? A middle of the road libretto!
Melodies? Where?
Musically it's unsurprising. After sitting through it for 4 times my conclusion is clear. I'm glad Leoncavallo didn't compose the other 2 opera's he'd in mind for his trilogy. So here we've I Medici, a totally uninteresting, unmelodious and too pretentious affair. You can wait for hours before a clear melody (or a hint of a melody) appears. I thought the choral finales, there're 4, lasted for hours. Thought `here we go again' when I thought the end was near. Leoncavallo must have thought to imitate the Wagner school but - I can be mistaken! - I couldn't find any Leitmotif either. It's all third class, Lisztian, humptie humptie music scribbling. There isn't a moment of heat and the best you get is sopranos shouting at tenors shouting at the chorus and the orchestra blaring standard woodwind and brass fanfares.
For the performance DG secured Placido Domingo in one of the central roles. Nearly 70 years of age by now he's the freshest voice in the whole recording! It's unbelievable a man can keep his voice so clean of any distortion through such a long and rewarding career. Compare this with many singers in their forties who sound harsh, or metallic, or have extensive vibratos, or started singing Wagner at a very young age. That's certainly the case with the two female roles in this recording Daniela Dessi and Renata Lamanda. They sound like they smoke 40 cigarettes a day, are uneven, husky, love unnecessary vibrato and can't sometimes get the right notes out of their throats. Brrrrrrrrrrrrr.

So, giving three stars is entirely for Deutsche Grammophon's enterprise, the good presentation, the fine recording and the playing of the orchestra. I don't know if there're any other operas of this period which are very rewarding and interesting and hope sometime a record company will find them, but for the time being, this is a waste of everyone's money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars PLUSH MURDER 14 Jun 2010
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This is very definitely an opera to add to your collection - plenty of melodies & high drama.
Takes you into another world far removed from Murerous Clowns or does it - listen and see
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical verismo at its best 11 Aug 2010
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We always associate Leoncavallo with his masterpiece I Pagliacci, but this came as a real suprise to me. The crux of the opera is the attempted assassination of of Lorenzo Medici. The style of both the libretto and the music is more like Cilea or Catalani. The third act is what makes this opera both unique and a masterpiece in its use of trios and duets. For those who want to expand their knowledge of Italian verismo, this should prove most interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare Verismo 13 Jun 2010
By ALFRED H. Harris - Published on
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Remarkable performance by Domingo at, I think, around 70 years of age. Excellently recorded. The soprano is quite strained but the overall production is a great achievment in plugging one of the many vacant holes in recordings of operas of this period. You can also get a German/Italian piano vocal score on line. When do we get a full recording of Mascagni's Parisina and a more competent recording of Leoncavallo's Chatterton?
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected find 1 Aug 2010
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I had never heard of this opera by Leoncavallo, but it proved to be very enjoyable. I'd recommend it to lovers of Late 19th and early 20th century Italian opera. It is much more tuneful than many of the little known verismo operas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Neglected gem resurrected. 6 Jan 2011
By Thomas Mann - Published on
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Leoncavallo may be famous for one opera, but history has done him an injustice. "I Medici" is a wonderful opera which receives an inspired performance from a first-rate cast in this DG recording. Placido Domingo, Daniela Dessi, Carlos Alvarez, Renata Lamanda and Maestro Veronesi deliver the goods and make me wish the Metropolitan Opera would rescue this work from its long, and undeserved, neglect. The core repertoire sells tickets (and CDs), of course, but variety is the spice of life and a journey down the byways can result in a delightful evening's listening. Buy this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leoncavallo: I Medici 14 Oct 2012
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on
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Leoncavallo: I Medici is an opera by Rugger Leoncavallo and directed by Albero Veronisi who conducts the Fiorentina Maggio Musical Orchestra. One can clearly hear the Wagnerian influence and being a huge fan of Wagner I definitely enjoyed this delightful opera. Being a Deutsche Grammophon recording the sound is perfect and closing ones eyes it feels as if one is listening to this opera live. The booklet contains both well-written music notes as well as all the lyrics. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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