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Various: Italian Intermezzo (Works By Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Wolf-Ferrari) [CD]

Gianandrea Noseda Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Composer: Alfredo Catalani, Amilcare Ponchielli, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Francesco Cilea, Giacomo Puccini, et al.
  • Audio CD (4 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B004DEKOSM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Adriana Lecouvreur, Act II: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:500.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Manon Lescaut, Act II: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Loreley, Act III: Danza delle ondineBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 5:580.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suor Angelica: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:430.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Siberia, Act II: PreludeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:060.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Gioconda, Act III: Dance of the HoursBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 9:00Album Only
Listen  7. L'amico Fritz: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La traviata, Act III: PreludeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Edgar: Act I: PreludeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:300.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Edgar: Act III: PreludeBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Wally: Act III: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Wally: Act IV: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 6:370.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I quatro rusteghi: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I gioielli della Madonna: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Pagliacci: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 3:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Fedora: Fedora, Act II: IntermezzoBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 2:270.59  Buy MP3 


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Review

It's good to hear these gems as stand- alone works-enjoy them on their own or use them as a stepping stone to discovering the operas they come from. **** --Classic FM Magazine,Mar'11

This collection intelligently brings to us no fewer than 16 such intermezzos from 14 operas by ten composers, and the result is a highly successful disc. --IRR, Feb'11

Delivered here with sensitivity and freshness by the BBC Phil' under Gianandrea Noseada,who approaches each item with relish and stylistic certainty that makes you sit up and listen.The playing,also, is the equivelent of what one might hear in a major opera house,and a good night too. Performance **** Recording **** --BBC Music Magazine,Mar'11

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Heaven! 15 Feb 2011
By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Although it is rarely commented upon, one of the glories of Italian opera, particularly that of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is the orchestral intermezzo -- the music that goes between scenes and which both gives time for changing scenery and for commenting on the preceding or upcoming scene. And, strangely, although I could be wrong, I don't recall any other CD in recent times that has consisted entirely of these wonderful orchestral morsels alone. We're all familiar with the intermezzi that exist in the standard repertoire, but how many of you know the music of Puccini's 'Edgar', Catalani's 'Loreley' (or even his most famous opera, 'La Wally') or Wolf-Ferrari's 'I Quattro Rusteghi'? Well, all those and more are here and they are played utterly gorgeously by the BBC Philharmonic under the knowing direction of Gianandrea Noseda (who, among other things, is a fixture in opera houses like his own Teatro Regio in Turin and our own Metropolitan).

There are familiar and well-loved pieces here -- the Prelude to Act III of 'La Traviata' with its implications of Violetta's tubercular frailty, the Intermezzo from 'I Pagliacci', the 'Dance of the Hours' from Ponchielli's 'La Gioconda'. All played with silken strings, pulsing emotion and lilting rhythms. But just as compelling are such things as the Prelude to Act II of Giordano's 'Siberia' (an opera I'd never even heard of), the delicate 'Dance of the Water Nymphs' from Catalani's 'Loreley', the Intermezzo from Puccini's 'Suor Angelica' with its mixture of loneliness and reverence. And that from Mascagni's 'other' opera 'L'Amico Fritz', which almost never gets revived these days because of its ludicrous plot; but its Intermezzo is a gently throbbing cri du coeur.
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There's no doubt this is a first rate performance, a very warm, dynamic and deep ranging recording, a nice balance between woodwind solos and forceful string playing (when appropriate) so what annoys me? I don't hate it but I don't like it very much too.
Problem is: this has been done soooooooooooooo many times - except some 15 minutes of this disc, the Siberia prelude etc. - but who the heck could be interested in a La Traviata prelude again and a Leoncavallo Pagliacci intermezzo and the 1000th recording of the Ponchielli... it can only appeal completists who want every note of every Italian composer, or buy every Chandos release or etc.
Chandos has released so many great things in what they call their Musica Italiana (Casella, Dallapiccola) series that this CD is a stranger in those midst. All right Chandos please give this a try for your series: Malipiero's Pause del Silenzio and the 2 Impressioni dal vero; Pizzetti's orchestral music; symphonic works by Riccardo Zandonai; Vincenzo Tommasini's lyrical, Brahmsian orchestral works or you could give some attention to a Wolf Ferrari program with aria's (or perhaps) a highlights/one-disc selection of some of his best known operas?
So repertoire: 3 stars; recording 5; orchestral playing and conducting 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Heaven! 15 Feb 2011
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Although it is rarely commented upon, one of the glories of Italian opera, particularly that of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is the orchestral intermezzo -- the music that goes between scenes and which both gives time for changing scenery and for commenting on the preceding or upcoming scene. And, strangely, although I could be wrong, I don't recall any other CD in recent times that has consisted entirely of these wonderful orchestral morsels alone. We're all familiar with the intermezzi that exist in the standard repertoire, but how many of you know the music of Puccini's 'Edgar', Catalani's 'Loreley' (or even his most famous opera, 'La Wally') or Wolf-Ferrari's 'I Quattro Rusteghi'? Well, all those and more are here and they are played utterly gorgeously by the BBC Philharmonic under the knowing direction of Gianandrea Noseda (who, among other things, is a fixture in opera houses like his own Teatro Regio in Turin and our own Metropolitan).

There are familiar and well-loved pieces here -- the Prelude to Act III of 'La Traviata' with its implications of Violetta's tubercular frailty, the Intermezzo from 'I Pagliacci', the 'Dance of the Hours' from Ponchielli's 'La Gioconda'. All played with silken strings, pulsing emotion and lilting rhythms. But just as compelling are such things as the Prelude to Act II of Giordano's 'Siberia' (an opera I'd never even heard of), the delicate 'Dance of the Water Nymphs' from Catalani's 'Loreley', the Intermezzo from Puccini's 'Suor Angelica' with its mixture of loneliness and reverence. And that from Mascagni's 'other' opera 'L'Amico Fritz', which almost never gets revived these days because of its ludicrous plot; but its Intermezzo is a gently throbbing cri du coeur.

The only unfamiliar pieces here that I couldn't much respond to were the two Intermezzi from Catalani's 'La Wally.' I know there must be more to them that I can discern if only because I know that Arturo Toscanini so loved the opera that he named his daughter for its title character. For all that, though, these two intermezzi are here played with convincing sincerity. (For that matter, I've never much responded to the most famous aria from 'La Wally', 'Ebben? Ne andrò lontana', which featured so prominently in the movie 'Diva' and in Jonathan Demme's movie about AIDS, 'Philadelphia', so I'm sure the deficiency is mine, not Catalani's.)

Whoever had the idea for this CD should get an award. It is wholly satisfying both for its musical and technical aspects, and for its emotional impact.

Scott Morrison
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