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Pietro Mascagni

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Born: Dec 7, 1863; Italy   Died: Aug 2, 1945; Italy   Period: Romantic
Though regarded by casual opera followers as a one-work composer, Pietro Mascagni wrote other operas of interest and some quality. Aside from Cavalleria Rusticana, the winsomely comic L'amico Fritz, the wrenchingly dramatic Iris, and Il Piccolo Marat attest to a diversity of mood and manner. Still, Mascagni's first opera was so successful that subsequent efforts simply could not equal that initial triumph. His embrace of Mussolini's Fascist Read more regime seemed self-serving during the 1920s and 1930s; at the end, it left Mascagni discredited and impoverished.
Although his parents had conceived for their son a career in law, Mascagni did receive some private training. However, when he began to study with the director of the newly formed Istituto Musicale Livornese, his father forbade further musical studies until a bachelor uncle interceded to offer young Pietro a home and means to finance his training. When Mascagni arrived at the Milan Conservatory, he remained only two years before embarking on an unsettled career as an orchestra member and occasional conductor of touring operetta companies. Upon marriage to Lina Carbognani in 1889, he settled in Puglia as a music instructor.
To a competition mounted by the music publisher Sonzogno, Mascagni submitted his third opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, in February 1890. At its Roman premiere on May 17, an unprecedented success propelled the composer from provincial hopeful to newly minted maestro. The following year, Mascagni enjoyed a more muted achievement with L'Amico Fritz. Silvano brought a return to verismo in 1895, although its reception was less positive than that accorded Iris, a substantial success in 1899 with a hyper-intense Oriental theme. Recurrently, the composer turned to themes of loss when choosing his libretti, recalling the desolation he felt at his mother's death when he was but 10 years old. An illicit relationship with Anna Lolli, begun in 1903, lasted until Mascagni's death in 1945.
Mascagni continued to compose in the new century, completing Isabeau in 1911, Parisina in 1913, Lodoletta in 1917, and Il piccolo Marat in 1921. As with the overblown Nerone, written in 1935 to please the regime, Mascagni often explored the outer limits of vocal possibility with punishing tessituras and unrelentingly high volume. He appeared occasionally as a conductor, more positively in Italy than in an ill-conceived American tour in 1902-03. Read less
Opera Explained - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Release Date: 03/16/2004   Label: Naxos  
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  • 1.
    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Melandri, Bruno Rasa
    Label: Bel Canto Society   Catalog: 17 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Maria Meloni,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Afro Poli,  Rina Gallo Toscani  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Italiana d'Olanda Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Opera Explained - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558080 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  David Timson,  Stefka Evstatieva,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Giacomo Aragall  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Choir,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Mascagni, Rasa, Melandri
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2241 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Antonio Melandri,  Afro Poli,  Maria Meloni  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Opera Chorus of Holland,  Italian Opera Orchestra of Holland
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    The Very Best Of Beniamino Gigli
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85093 Release Date: 09/02/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Conti,  Maria Caniglia  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Goehr,  Carlo Sabajno,  Franco Ghione,  Stanford Robinson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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    Debut Series - Simionato - My First Record
    Label: Fono Enterprise   Catalog: 1060 Release Date: 07/02/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Umberto Giordano,  Francesco Paolo Neglia,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Giulietta Simionato,  Gino Bechi,  Gino Conti  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Capuana,  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Argeo Quadri,  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Symphony Orchestra
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    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Ferruccio Tagliavini Vol 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89515 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Umberto Giordano,  Friedrich von Flotow  ... 
    Performer:  Pia Tassinari,  Ferruccio Tagliavini,  Italo Tajo
    Conductor:  Mario Rossi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Jean Paul Morel,  Arturo Basile  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Mascagni, Gigli, Et Al
    Label: Opera D'oro   Catalog: 9006 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Gino Bechi,  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Maria Marcucci  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
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    Prima Voce Sampler
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1430 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Amand Mangold,  Richard Strauss,  Traditional,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler,  Frieda Hempel,  Tiana Lemnitz,  Erna Berger  ... 
    Conductor:  Clemens Krauss,  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Gustav Cloëz,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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  • 9.
    Prima Voce - Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Gigli
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7843 Release Date: 07/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Beniamino Gigli,  Leone Paci,  Mario Basiola II,  Giuseppe Nessi  ... 
    Conductor:  Franco Ghione,  Pietro Mascagni
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  • 10.
    Il Mito Dell'opera - Mascagni Conducts Cavalleria Rusticana
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 1050 Release Date: 04/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
    Performer:  Lina Bruna Rasa,  Maria Meloni,  Antonio Melandri,  Afro Poli  ... 
    Conductor:  Pietro Mascagni
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Opera Orchestra of Holland,  Italian Opera Chorus of Holland
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