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Venice - New Year's Concert 2005 / Prêtre, La Fenice

New Years Concert 2005 In Venice / Various
Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33482  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniGiacomo PucciniOttorino RespighiPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  Giuseppe GipaliAnnalisa Raspagliosi
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice OrchestraVenice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Despite the title, this concert is from New Year’s Eve 2004, (unless it took place in the early hours of the morning of January 1st). Its primary assets are the Teatro la Fenice, lovingly refurbished, and the sight of venerable Maestro Prêtre with a twinkle in his eye, thoroughly enjoying himself. No one else, audience included, seems overly thrilled at the prospect of another year; the sense of occasion is formal and the excitement subdued. Not a firework nor streamer to be seen.


Gipali and Raspagliosi sing strongly, the orchestra and chorus acquit themselves well, and sound is full and clear. The camera lens is no more intrusive than usual, though it’s disconcerting to be so much in Read more the tenor’s face while his voice is coming from further away. The corps de ballet can occasionally be seen performing choreography in elaborate Rococo chambers that are presumably part of the theater.


As ever, the roving camera draws attention to trivial moments. Just as Ms. Raspagliosi hits the first note of “One Fine Day,” a woman in the front row grabs her friend’s program and scans it voraciously with a “who is this?” look on her face. Audiences are the same the world over.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott
NTSC All Region; Dolby Digital; DTS, Linear PCM 2.0; Color; 16:9; Aprox. 60 mins
Subtitled in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
2.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Giuseppe Gipali (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
3.
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
4.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Annalisa Raspagliosi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
5.
Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
6.
La boutique fantasque: Can-Can by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Rome, Italy 
7.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
8.
Grande valzer brilliante by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Notes: Arranged: Rota 
9.
I vespri siciliani: "The Four Seasons" - L'inverno by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
10.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
11.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Gipali (Tenor), Annalisa Raspagliosi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 

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