Magazine article Gramophone

'Intermezzi del Verismo'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Intermezzi del Verismo'

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'Intermezzi del Verismo'

Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur--Act 2, Intermezzo

Giordano Fedora--Act 2, Intermezzo

Leoncavallo Pagliacci--Intermezzo

Mascagni L'amico Fritz--Intermezzo. Cavalleria rusticana--Intermezzo. Le

maschere--Sinfonia

Montemezzi L'amore di tre re--Act 3, Preludio

Puccini Preludio sinfonico. Manon Lescaut Act 3, Intermezzo. Suor Angelica--Intermezzo. Le villi--La Tregenda Wolf-Ferrari II gioielli della Madonna--Intermezzo II

Graz Philharmonic Orchestra / Lodovico Zocche

CPO [F] CP0777 953-2 (5V * DDD)

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This is a puzzling issue in some respects, as well as an unsatisfactory one. In essence, it's an old-fashioned disc of opera intermezzos and overtures, of which Karajan's not dissimilar 1968 'Opera Intermezzi' album (DG, 6/69) remains both the prototype and benchmark, though where the latter is wide-ranging in scope, Lodovico Zocche and the Graz orchestra limit themselves to the Italian Verists. The booklet-notes, meanwhile--which come in German and disquieting translator-ese ('Des Grieux ... accompanies her to the wilds of Louisiana, where his dehydrated beloved breaths out her ruined life', etc)--suggest we ponder how such a disparate group of post-Romantics came to be classified primarily as realists. …

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