Zandonai - Francesca da Rimini | CPO 7779602

Zandonai - Francesca da Rimini

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 7779602

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 27th November 2015

Contents

Artists

Christina Vasileva
Martin Muhle
Juan Orozco
Adriano Graziani
Kim-Lillian Strebel
Benedicte Tauran
Sally Wilson
Marija Jokovic
Freiburger Kammerchor
Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg
Vokalensemble der Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

Works

Zandonai, Riccardo

Francesca da Rimini

Artists

Christina Vasileva
Martin Muhle
Juan Orozco
Adriano Graziani
Kim-Lillian Strebel
Benedicte Tauran
Sally Wilson
Marija Jokovic
Freiburger Kammerchor
Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg
Vokalensemble der Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

About

It is a story made for the stage: Francesca da Rimini is a deceived woman-in-love who disregards her arranged marriage, decides that she has the perfect right to true love, and ends up murdered.

Dante originally wrote a few verses on this subject, but some decades later Boccaccio expanded the sketch into a tale containing all the ingredients of a genuine tragedy. In 1901 Gabriele DíAnnunzio drew on this material to pen a scandalous fin de siŤcle drama.

The music publisher Ricordi recognized this plotís potential as a music drama and commissioned the young Riccardo Zandonai to compose the music for it. The premiere in 1914 was a sensational success. The music adheres closely to the rhythm of the language and for the rest forms an iridescent backdrop saturated with colour and engaging in intensive depiction of the elements of setting and plot.

Reviews

This new CPO set, the first, as far as Iím aware, to present the score uncut, fills an important gap, giving us a well-engineered modern account of the work and including, as seems now happily to be the companyís default, both libretto and translation. But itís also an excellent achievement on its own terms. [...] Itís a fascinating and seductive work, then, and one that finally receives the advocacy it deserves with this excellent recording. Do give it a go. Hugo Shirley
Gramophone January 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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