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Ridi Pagliaccio / Gigli, Valli

Gigli / Ricci
Release Date: 02/15/2005 
Label:  Bel Canto Society   Catalog #: 513  
Composer:  Ruggero LeoncavalloVincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gigli, Alida Valli, Paul Hörbiger. In Italian, with English subtitles. (1942). 85m. B&W. PCM audio. DVD (all regions)

"In the compelling Ridi, pagliaccio (Laugh, pagliacci) from 1942, after hearing Gigli sing the Prologue over the titles, we see the real-life Canio come out of prison on parole after 20 years, to find his daughter adopted by a rich lady and about to marry a man of good family. He is befriended by Leoncavallo, who writes the opera based on his story; but it would spoil your enjoyment to reveal all the dramatic twists and turns. Gigli, in magnificent voice, sings not only some songs and scenes from Pagliacci, but also a lovely, melting interpretation of ‘Prendi l’anel ti dono’ from La sonnambula.
Read more Paul Hörbiger plays the old man most affectingly. Familiar themes from the opera are woven into the soundtrack."
- International Opera Collector
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Works on This Recording

1.
I Pagliacci: Aria(s) by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
2.
La sonnambula: Prendi, l'anell' ti dono by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Luigi Ricci
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Studio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 

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