Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi | Decca 4831148

Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi

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Label: Decca

Cat No: 4831148

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd February 2017

Contents

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Norma
» Overture

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Prelude (Prologue)

Catalani, Alfredo

La Wally
» Intermezzo (Act 3)

Donizetti, Gaetano

Ugo, conte di Parigi
» Overture

Giordano, Umberto

Siberia
» Prelude to Act 2

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

I Medici
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 3)
Pagliacci
» Intermezzo

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Dance of the Hours (Act 3)

Puccini, Giacomo

Edgar
» Prelude (Act 4)
Madama Butterfly
» Intermezzo (Act 2)

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Pietra del Paragone
» Overture

Verdi, Giuseppe

I Lombardi
» Preludio (Act 3)
Un giorno di regno (A one-day reign)
» Overture

Artists

Filarmonica della Scala

Conductor

Riccardo Chailly

Works

Bellini, Vincenzo

Norma
» Overture

Boito, Arrigo

Mefistofele
» Prelude (Prologue)

Catalani, Alfredo

La Wally
» Intermezzo (Act 3)

Donizetti, Gaetano

Ugo, conte di Parigi
» Overture

Giordano, Umberto

Siberia
» Prelude to Act 2

Leoncavallo, Ruggiero

I Medici
» Prelude (Act 1)
» Prelude (Act 3)
Pagliacci
» Intermezzo

Ponchielli, Amilcare

La Gioconda
» Dance of the Hours (Act 3)

Puccini, Giacomo

Edgar
» Prelude (Act 4)
Madama Butterfly
» Intermezzo (Act 2)

Rossini, Gioacchino

La Pietra del Paragone
» Overture

Verdi, Giuseppe

I Lombardi
» Preludio (Act 3)
Un giorno di regno (A one-day reign)
» Overture

Artists

Filarmonica della Scala

Conductor

Riccardo Chailly

About

After almost 40 years on Decca and over 3 million album sales, Riccardo Chailly starts a new chapter in January 2017 as music director of Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the world’s most iconic opera house. A triumphant homecoming: Milanese by birth, Chailly made his conducting debut at La Scala in 1978, as assistant to Claudio Abbado. Chailly’s father Luciano had also served as artistic director at La Scala, completing a family dynasty. The Filarmonica della Scala CD is a sonically spectacular recording celebrating three centuries of music first performed at the legendary opera house: overtures, preludes and intermezzi from Verdi, Rossini, Puccini and many others, all new to Chailly’s discography.

Reviews

The 16 orchestral pieces included here are taken from operas that received their premieres in Milan; all except the two by Leoncavallo were first performed at La Scala. Chailly has resisted the temptation to present them chronologically, preferring to vary and contrast the mood of the numbers, but it’s still a fascinating forage through almost 100 years of Italian music, from the earliest, the overture to Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone, ... up to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly of 1904.  Andrew Clements
The Guardian 15 February 2017

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