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Verdi, Giordano, Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo: Overtures, Intermezzos / Licata, RPO


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiUmberto GiordanoGiacomo PucciniPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

According to the booklet notes for this collection of orchestral music from Italian operas, Licata has conducted Italian opera extensively, at least in Italy. There’s nothing about the performances to argue otherwise, apart from an overly solemn treatment of the fatal chords that open La forza del destino. Licata eschews the sometimes overly driven playing of Muti and Toscanini, nevertheless managing to retain the music’s drama. The RPO plays very well for him; consider, for example, the brass chorale at 4: 46 in the aforementioned Overture. The burnished engineering also suits the music. My only reservation is the ordering of the selections, which has no rhyme or reason, taking Verdi out of chronological order and interspersing him with Read more preludes and intermezzos by the verismo composers. If this program, more or less, is what you need, Licata and the RPO do it very well.

– Raymond Tuttle Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
2.
Un ballo in maschera: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
3.
Fedora: Intermezzo by Umberto Giordano
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
4.
Luisa Miller: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
5.
Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
6.
Suor Angelica: Intermezzo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
7.
Manon Lescaut: Act 3 Intermezzo by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
8.
Giovanna d'Arco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
9.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1888).
Composition revised: Italy (1889). 
10.
I Pagliacci: Intermezzo by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
11.
I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Andrea Licata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 

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