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Verdi: Ballet music from Opera / Leoni: The Prayer and the Sword
Verdi: Ballet music from Opera / Leoni: The Prayer and the Sword (Decca 480 0445)
SKU: 15202
Price:
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Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 0445 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1
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What the French expected from opera changed in 1831 with the success of Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable. Lengthy works with abundant scenic spectacle became practically obligatory, and at least one ballet had to be included, in order to give the gentlemen of the influential Jockey Club an opportunity to see their favourites from the corps de ballet in action. Verdi might have disagreed with the concept and grumbled over it, but even he wanted to succeed in Paris and enjoy international fame, so he played by the rules and gave the Parisians what they wanted.

In bringing together rare opera-ballets, this anthology also celebrates the anniversaries of two leading conductors - Lorin Maazel and Richard Bonynge, both celebrating their 80th birthdays this year. The Otello and I Lombardi excerpts both represent first releases on CD, as does Bonynge's Leoni - originally coupled on the LP with the same composer's L'Oracolo.

"the virtuosity of the Clevelanders is breathtaking ... The recording is both brilliant and atmospheric in the way that the Decca engineers have now devised in their Cleveland recording venue at Masonic Hall" - Gramophone.

A Decca Eloquence CD.

To be released 20 August 2010.

Composers: Franco Leoni, Giuseppe Verdi.
Conductors: Richard Bonynge, Lorin Maazel.
Orchestras: Cleveland Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tracks:
GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901)


1

Otello
Ballet Music (Act III)


2

Don Carlo
Ballo della Regina (Act III)

I vespri siciliani
Le Quattro Stagioni (Act III)
3
4
5
6
I
II
III
IV  
L'inverno
La primavera
L'estate
L'autunno

The Cleveland Orchestra
Lorin Maazel


FRANCO LEONI (1864-1949)

The Prayer and the Sword
Music from the play by J.B. Fagan
7
8
9
10
11
12  
I
II
III
IV
V
VI
The Cloister
The Angelus
The Storm
Mandolinade
Wedding March
The Lament

National Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Bonynge
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15202
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 0445
Price: AU $8.95   
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