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Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz / Gavazzeni, Pavarotti, Freni


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67373   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Mirella FreniLaura Didier-GambardellaMalvina MajorLuciano Pavarotti,   ... 
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 33 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


L’Amico Fritz, Mascagni’s second opera, is as unlike his first and most popular, Cavalleria Rusticana, as any two operas could be. Whereas the earlier opera is painted in dark tones, Fritz tends to be bathed in lighter, pastel colors. The opera, with its rural setting and story of the search for true love, has a happy ending, and even a good guy (David) who happens to be Jewish. It is also beautiful from start to finish. This recording was completed in August, 1968, and it caught both Pavarotti and Freni at their freshest and most charming.

The score abounds with lovely melodies, and both singers do them justice. Highlights are Suzel’s first-act “Son pochi fiori” (sound clip); her
Read more second-act, four-stanza aria and the following, justly famous “Cherry duet”; and Fritz’s high-lying final-act aria. Baritone Vincenzo Sardinero contributes some good work as the matchmaking Rabbi David, and the rest of the cast, with far less to do, does it well. Conductor Gavazzeni keeps the ambience light and gives his wonderful singers plenty of leeway (and some optional high Cs for Pavarotti). The sound is crisp and clear.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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L'Amico Fritz by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Laura Didier-Gambardella (Mezzo Soprano), Malvina Major (Soprano),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Vincente Sardinero (Baritone), Luigi Pontiggia (Tenor),
Benito Di Bella (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Venue:  EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London, England 
Length: 93 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Preludietto (Orchestra)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Ma questa e una pazzia! (Fritz/David/Hanezò/Federico/Caterina)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Son pochi fiori! (Suzel/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Orsu, vieni tra noi, al fianco mio... (Fritz/Suzel/Hanezò/Federico/David)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Chi mai sara? (Hanezò/Fritz/David/Federico/Suzel/Beppe)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Laceri, miseri, tanti bambini (Beppe/Fritz/Hanezò/David/Federico)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Viva lo zingaro! (David/Hanezò/Federico/Fritz/Caterina/Suzel/Beppe)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Per voi, ghiottoni inutili (David)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Il suo sermone e splendido! (Beppe/Federico/Fritz/David/Hanezò)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT ONE: Son gli orfanelli... (Hanezò/Beppe/Federico/Fritz/David/Coro)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Ah, le belle ciliege! (Suzel/Coro)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Bel cavalier, che vai per la foresta... (Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Suzel, buon di (Fritz/Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Tutto tace (Fritz/Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Oh! chi e che giunge? (Fritz/Suzel/Beppe/David/Hanezò/Federico)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Vediamo un po'! (David/Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Faceasi vecchio Abramo (Suzel/David/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Come va? (Fritz/David)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Quale strano turbamento (Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Fritz, noi partiamo...addio! (Federico/Fritz/Hanezò/Beppe)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Che piu s'aspetta? (Federico/Fritz/David/Suzel/Coro)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT TWO: Intermezzo (Orchestra)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Tutto ho tentato... (Fritz/Coro)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Buon giorno, Fritz! (Beppe/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: O pallida, che un giorno mi guardasti (Beppe/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: O amore, o bella luce del core (Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: L'amico Fritz fantastica d'amore (David/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Povero Fritz, l'amore in te si desta... (David/Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Non mi resta che il pianto ed il dolore... (Suzel/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Come s'e fatta pallida! (Fritz/Suzel)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Ah! ditela per me quella parola (Suzel/Fritz)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Amici, ho vinto, ho vinto! (David/Fritz/Beppe/Caterina)
L'Amico Fritz (2000 Digital Remaster), ACT THREE: Tu sposi, Fritz? (Federico/Hanezò/David/Fritz)

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