Ennio Porrino - I Shardana (CD)
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Cat No: CDS7683
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Nicola Ravarino Guagenti
Orchestra and Chorus of Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari
When we examine the score of I Shardana by Ennio Porrino, we easily understand what a central role this opera played in the artistic development of the composer. The first drafts of it date from 1934-35, but the work only debuted years later, on 21st March 1959, at the San Carlo theatre in Naples, with its final title of 'I Shardana' and Porrino himself conducting. The composer would die suddenly a few months later.
Porrino’s drama mirrors a period in archaeology when Nuragic Sardinia was discussed even in non-specialist circles, with the island’s bronze statuettes and megaliths recalling a primeval society at the origins of European civilization. Hutalabì, indeed, is the ancient war cry of Sardinian horsemen, and the opera speaks of times when – as Porrino specifies in the score – shepherds were warriors and judges, “when man did not believe in one God but in the power of the stars, and worshipped the dead and the waters”.
I Shardana, therefore, is set in a free Sardinia, an island where rigorous rules are in force and its people do not tolerate invasions or spiritual contamination.
- Gonnario: Manrico Signorini
- Torbeno: Angelo Villari
- Orzocco: Gianpiero Ruggeri
- Norace: Domenico Balzani
- Bèrbera Jonia: Paoletta Marrocu
- Nibatta: Alessandra Palomba
- Perdu: Gabriele Mangione
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