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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Ghione, Gigli, Nessi, Et Al

Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 9009   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Iva PacettiGiuseppe NessiMario BasiolaBeniamino Gigli,   ... 
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Ruggero Leoncavallo's 'Pagliacci' is the apotheosis of Italian verismo opera, a play within a play that chronicles the passion, treachery, and betrayal at work in a group of Commedia dell'Arte players that culminates in tragedy. Canio, the Pagliacco of the troupe, is driven to despair by his unfaithful wife Nedda. The opera follows his descent into bitterness and rage until he exacts his revenge with the murder of Nedda and her lover Silvio.
The role of Canio requires not only a technically proficient singer, but one that can effectively convey the intense emotional state of the character, and this 1934 La Scala performance has just such a singer, the magnificent tenor Beniamino Gigli. Gigli's account of the tragic clown could almost be
Read more used as a template for the role--he combines vocal mastery with dramatic intensity to create a powerful, compelling, and supremely musical interpretation. His rendering of "Vesti la giubba," perhaps the most well-known of all operatic arias, sets a standard by which all others could be measured. Read less

Works on This Recording

I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Iva Pacetti (Soprano), Giuseppe Nessi (Tenor), Mario Basiola (Baritone),
Beniamino Gigli (Tenor), Leone Paci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Franco Ghione
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1934 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 71 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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