Italian Opera (transcribed for wind ensemble) | Naxos 8573259

Italian Opera (transcribed for wind ensemble)

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573259

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 31st July 2015



Musical transcription has a long and auspicious history, and Michele Manganiís arrangements follow a tradition of recreating popular operatic tunes for small groups of oboes, clarinets, flutes and horns, supplemented on this recording by double bass.

These works span some 77 years of Italian opera, from Rossiniís LíItaliana in Algeri to Pucciniís Tosca, taking in the verismo of Mascagniís Cavalleria rusticana and the bel canto tragedy of Donizettiís Lucia di Lammermoor on the way.

This superb release offers an opportunity to revel in some of the greatest Italian operatic music performed by a crack team of wind soloists from major European orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano. Award-winning composer and wind-band specialist Michele Manganiís transcriptions for this setting also build on examples from the 19th century, the golden period for this kind of arrangement.

Such a recipe of massively popular music in rich new sonorities and virtuoso performances can only result in ďandare a rubaĒ, or sales like Italian hot cakes!

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