Mascagni - Guglielmo Ratcliff | RTE Lyric FM CD152

Mascagni - Guglielmo Ratcliff

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Label: RTE Lyric FM

Cat No: CD152

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 2nd December 2016

Contents

Artists

Angelo Villari (tenor)
Mariangela Sicilia (soprano)
David Stout (baritone)
Annunziata Vestri (mezzo-soprano)
Gianluca Buratto (bass)
Alexandros Tsilogiannis (tenor)
Quentin Hayes (bass)
Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra and Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

Conductor

Franceso Cilluffo

Works

Mascagni, Pietro

Guglielmo Ratcliff

Artists

Angelo Villari (tenor)
Mariangela Sicilia (soprano)
David Stout (baritone)
Annunziata Vestri (mezzo-soprano)
Gianluca Buratto (bass)
Alexandros Tsilogiannis (tenor)
Quentin Hayes (bass)
Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra and Chorus of Wexford Festival Opera

Conductor

Franceso Cilluffo

About

In October 2015 Wexford Festival Opera staged their critically acclaimed production of Pietro Mascagni’s own favourite opera, Guglielmo Ratcliff, where it played to a sold-out house every night and was broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM and to public service radio stations around Europe. The recording of Guglielmo Ratcliff has now been remixed and released as a lavish double CD with accompanying programme notes, libretto in Italian/English, and selected production photographs by Clive Barda.

The Spectator said after Wexford that Guglielmo Ratcliff “...deserves to become a classic” while The Daily Telegraph described the production as “...superbly stylish in white, ivory and silver... and Francesco Cilluffo conducts Mascagni’s overheated score with absolute conviction.” All of the principals were acclaimed for their roles with the eponymous Ratcliff being played by tenor Angelo Villari “...with a combination of virile, trumpety ‘squillo’ and genuine musicianship – a discovery!” said The Sunday Times.

The opera is based on a tale of unrequited love by Heinrich Heine that struck a particular chord with Mascagni as he had been in love with a girl from his home town of Livorno who ultimately rejected him as a suitor. Although he started work on his version of the Ratcliff story while studying at the Milan Conservatory, it more than ten years later before the composer conducted his Guglielmo Ratcliff from the podium of La Scala. The complexities of staging and challenges facing singers in the title roles meant that the opera has rarely been performed or recorded.

Recorded live on 31 October 2015 at Wexford Festival Opera

Cast:
- Guglielmo Ratcliff: Angelo Villari (tenor)
- Maria: Mariangela Sicilia (soprano)
- Count Douglas: David Stout (baritone)
- Margherita: Annunziata Vestri (mezzo-soprano)
- MacGregor: Gianluca Buratto (bass)
- Lesley: Alexandros Tsilogiannis (tenor)
- Tom: Quentin Hayes (bass)
- Willie: Sarah Richmond (mezzo-soprano)

Reviews

[The role of] Guglielmo Ratcliff is a killer. ... Angelo Villari’s clarion tenor and tireless singing make this exciting listening, while Francesco Cilluffo draws a terrific orchestral performance, especially in the peach of an intermezzo ‘Il sogno di Ratcliff’ (Ratcliff’s Dream). An essential discovery.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone February 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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