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MENOTTI, G.C.: Amahl and the Night Visitors / Sebastian Suite (Schippers, Mitropoulos) (1946, 1951)


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MENOTTI, G.C.: Amahl and the Night Visitors / Sebastian Suite (Schippers, Mitropoulos) (1946, 1951)

The reception for the first television broadcast of Menotti’s opera Amahl and the Night Visitors (also available in an acclaimed modern recording on Naxos 8.669019) was overwhelming: an estimated five million viewers, the NBC switchboard jammed with congratulatory calls and an unprecedented front-page review in The New York Times. Quickly recorded for RCA Victor, the album became a best-seller and the opera remains a Christmas evergreen, brimming with memorable tunes for both soloists and chorus. Set in 17th-century Venice, Menotti’s ballet Sebastian, the concert suite from which is heard here, was applauded by The New York Times as an ‘unblushing melodrama…brilliantly effective’.

Menotti, Gian Carlo
Menotti, Gian Carlo, lyricist(s)

  Amahl and the Night Visitors
1.   Amahl! Amahl! (The Mother, Amahl) 00:03:42
2.   What was keeping you outside (The Mother, Amahl) 00:03:26
3.   Don't cry, Mother dear (Amahl, The Mother) 00:02:09
4.   From far away we come and farther we must go (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar) 00:02:33
5.   Amahl, go and see who's knocking at the door (The Mother, Amahl) 00:02:42
6.   Good evening! (King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, Amahl, The Mother) 00:02:45
7.   Are you a real King (Amahl, King Balthazar, King Kaspar, The Mother, King Melchior) 00:04:35
8.   Have you seen a child (King Melchior, The Mother, King Balthazar, King Kaspar) 00:04:03
9.   Shepherds! Shepherdesses! (Shepherds, The Mother, King Melchior, King Kaspar, King Balthazar) 00:02:41
10.   Shepherds' Dance 00:03:20
11.   Thank you, good friends (King Balthazar, Shephards, Amahl, King Kaspar) 00:02:38
12.   All that gold! All that gold! (The Mother, The Page, King Melchior, King Balthazar, King Kaspar, Amahl) 00:03:47
13.   Oh, woman, you may keep the gold (King Melchior, The Mother, Amahl, King Kaspar, King Balthazar) 00:03:30
14.   Look, mother, I can dance (Amahl, King Kaspar, King Melchior, King Balthazar, The Mother, Shepherds) 00:04:34

Menotti, Gian Carlo

  Sebastian Suite (excerpts)
15.   I. Introduction 00:01:59
16.   II. Barcarolle 00:03:38
17.   III. Street Fight 00:01:17
18.   IV. Cortege 00:03:53
19.   V. Sebastian's Dance 00:02:04
20.   VII. Pavane 00:03:50

Total Playing Time: 01:03:06

Menotti, Gian Carlo

Menotti, Gian Carlo

Mitropoulos, Dimitri; Schippers, Thomas

Philadelphia Robin Hood Dell Orchestra; Studio orchestra

Studio chorus

Aiken, David; Allen, Chet; Kuhlmann, Rosemary; Lishner, Leon; McKinley, Andrew; Monachino, Frank

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.111364

Barcode: 747313336425

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Not available in the United States due to possible copyright restrictions.

Physical Release: 03/2011

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