In the heyday of salon music, it fulfilled an important cultural role: it strengthened and supplemented one's first acquaintance with music which could be heard at the opera house and in the concert hall, but which could not then be re-examined or made familiar through radio broadcasts or recordings. Such an endearing concentration on catchy rhythms and melodies was very popular at the turn of the century and even challenged important composers to make compromising arrangements of their own works. This collection by I Salonisti, as an indication of the tastes of those times, offers opera and operetta selections in arrangements for a quintet of two violins, cello, double bass and piano.
Cavalleria Rusticana,Read more premiered in 1890, still represents a high point in the ultra-realistic
verismo style. The Intermezzo which links the two scenes of this one-act opera, depicts the emotionally charged atmosphere of the Sicilian peasant village, and at the same time sets the scene for the tragic ending of the drama.
Turandot came out in 1926, its composer was already dead; Franco Alfano had to finish the opera from Puccini's sketches. Ugo Nastrucci's arrangement vividly evokes the richness of melodic invention, the exotic coloration and the emotional intensity of the complete work.
The Sicilian Vespers is not one of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular creations, Antonio Pasculli's "Paraphrase" for oboe and piano shows that it nevertheless contains rich thematic material and masterly motives.
The Marriage of Figaro brought Mozart enduring success (especially in Prague), not least thanks to the two arias of the page Cherubino, suffused with extravagant longing and adolescent intensity.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold, a late Romantic who has recently attracted new attention, won the hearts of music-lovers in 1920 with his
Dead City. to which Puccini as well as Lehár stood as godfathers.
Giuditta of 1934, Franz Lehár took his leave of the stage, unfolding for the last time the magic of his >i>arioso songs with true hit quality, and laying once again the melancholic sensibility of his impressionistically tinged musical language. La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti leads to Spain, where hate and love, jealousy and pride decide the outcome, and melodies rich in contrasts make the characters' behavior clear. The "Paraphrase" by Antonio PAsculli substitutes instrumental colors for Donizetti's vocal acrobatics with fascinating charm.
Spectacular oboe performancesNovember 14, 2013By Amy B. (Austin, TX)See All My Reviews"This CD contains the most wonderful and exciting oboe performances I have ever heard. It is too bad the performer is not identified. The same goes for the other performers who are equally as good as the soloist. This is one of my favorite discs and I listen to it quite often in memory of my oboist husband."Report Abuse