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Opera Explained: MASCAGNI - Cavalleria rusticana (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: MASCAGNI - Cavalleria rusticana (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to... MASCAGNI: Cavalleria rusticana

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-084-X

Cavalleria rusticana is the short opera that has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span. The story of love, lust, blood-feud and betrayal played out against the pageantry of the Easter celebrations in a Sicilian village delivers an emotional wallop because of the youthful vigour and musical wealth of its great score which includes the glorious Easter Hymn and the deeply moving Intermezzo. Mascagni was never to repeat his youthful success but this brief work is enough to ensure his immortality.

  Opera Explained: Cavalleria rusticana
1.   Background: Introduction 00:04:40
2.   Background: History 00:03:07
3.   Background: The bel canto: Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti 00:02:12
4.   Background: Verdi 00:04:27
5.   Background: Puccini and the verismo school 00:03:02
6.   Background: Bizet's Carmen 00:04:11
7.   Background: Mascagni 00:06:51
8.   Background: Mascagni's other operas 00:05:06
9.   Cavalleria rusticana: Prelude and Sicilian setting 00:06:34
10.   Cavalleria rusticana: Beginning 00:05:14
11.   Cavalleria rusticana: The Easter Hymn 00:07:18
12.   Cavalleria rusticana: Sin and sanctity 00:03:11
13.   Cavalleria rusticana: Santuzza confronts Turiddu 00:04:41
14.   Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo 00:05:58
15.   Cavalleria rusticana: Turiddu drinks and Alfio makes his challenge 00:03:19
16.   Cavalleria rusticana: Turiddu says goodbye before the duel 00:06:40

Total Playing Time: 01:16:31

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Catalogue No: 8.558080

Barcode: 0636943808023

Physical Release: 12/2003

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