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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - Tosca (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: PUCCINI - Tosca (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... PUCCINI: Tosca

Author: Thomson Smillie
Narrator: David Timson
1 CD
8-page booklet
Naxos 8.558047
ISBN: 1-84379-039-4

Tosca is Puccini at the peak of his theatrical power. The story of the jealous, impassioned opera singer Floria Tosca and her doomed love for the painter Mario Cavaradossi is played out against backgrounds both historically and geographically overwhelming. It is set in three great and historical locations of Rome during the Napoleonic era. Spectacle, sensuality and cruelty battle for our attention in one of the most truly 'action-packed' works of theatre.

Enticing us with just a couple of the 'great tunes' from this deeply affecting opera, David Timson then begins setting the biographical and operatic scene. The enduring popularity of Tosca is quickly understood - its appeal generated largely from exactly the same elements which once caused academics to brand it a 'shabby little shocker'. The master of melody is at his finest, as David Timson illustrates with characteristic enthusiasm.

Puccini, Giacomo

  An Introduction to... PUCCINI Tosca
1.   Introduction 00:06:44
2.   Puccini's operas 00:05:54
3.   Historical background to Tosca 00:06:16
4.   Opening bars 00:02:10
5.   Act I 00:04:16
6.   Entrance of Tosca 00:05:19
7.   Caravadossi and Angelotti - Scarpia's entrance 00:03:18
8.   End of Act I 00:04:25
9.   Act II 00:03:40
10.   Scarpia and Tosca - Caravadossi's torture 00:05:32
11.   Tosca's response to Scarpia - 'Vissi d'arte' 00:06:17
12.   Act III 00:02:36
13.   Caravadossi writes to Tosca - 'E lucevan le stelle' 00:06:48
14.   The firing squad - The tragic end 00:04:36

Total Playing Time: 01:07:51

Smillie, Thomson

Puccini, Giacomo

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558047

Barcode: 0636943804728

Physical Release: 04/2002

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