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

Release Date: 04/2002

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