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Opera Explained: LEONCAVALLO - Pagliacci (Smillie)


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Opera Explained: LEONCAVALLO - Pagliacci (Smillie)

Opera Explained
An Introduction to...LEONCAVALLO: Pagliacci

Written by Thomson Smillie
Narrated by David Timson
1 CD
12-page booklet
ISBN: 1-84379-068-8

Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing - to both touching and tragic effect. Leoncavallo was his own librettist, and his literary skills, allied to great melodic creativity, guarantee that in its two short acts Pagliacci - 'Clowns' - delivers an overwhelming emotional experience.

Leoncavallo, Ruggero

  An Introduction to... LEONCAVALLO Pagliacci
1.   Background - Introduction 00:02:38
2.   Background - Background to Leoncavallo and libretti 00:03:09
3.   Background - Commedia dell'arte 00:01:28
4.   Background - Pantaloon, the Doctor, the Bragging Captain 00:03:34
5.   Background - The Lovers and Harlequin 00:04:07
6.   Pagliacci - The story's structure; the prologue 00:07:15
7.   Pagliacci - The opening: the circus is coming 00:04:59
8.   Pagliacci - Nedda's infidelity 00:03:12
9.   Pagliacci - Silvio and Nedda 00:05:05
10.   Pagliacci - Canio: 'Vesti la giubba' 00:04:00
11.   Pagliacci - Intermezzo: Act I to Act II 00:05:40
12.   Pagliacci - The play - within - the - play opens 00:04:35
13.   Pagliacci - Canio (Pagliaccio) returns early 00:03:54
14.   Pagliacci - The denouement 00:03:53
15.   Pagliacci - Silvio and Nedda's duet 00:03:56

Total Playing Time: 01:01:25

Leoncavallo, Ruggero

Timson, David

Label: Naxos Educational

Series: Opera Explained

Genre: Music Education

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.558143

Barcode: 0636943814321

Physical Release: 02/2004

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