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Ricordi: La Secchia Rapita

Magazine article Gramophone

Ricordi: La Secchia Rapita

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La secchia rapita

Elcin Huseynov bass-bar         Podesta of Modena
Giorgio Valerio bass             Count of Culagna
Hyuksoo Kim ten                             Titta
Alessandro Ravasio bass            City Historian
Laure Kieffer sop             Countess of Culagna
Lucia Amarilli Sala mez                  Renoppia
Kaori Yamada sop                             Rosa
Margherita Sala contr                      Giglio
Dyana Bovolo contr                      Innkeeper

Chorus of the Claudio Abbado Civic Music School; Giuseppe Verdi Symphony Orchestra, Milan / Aldo Salvagno

Dynamic (F) CDS7798 (78' * DDD)

Includes synopsis, libretto and translation Recorded live at the Auditorium di Milano, May 15-16, 2017

Giulio Ricordi will always be remembered as the tenacious publisher who engineered Verdi's collaboration with Boito and later championed Puccini, Giordano and Montemezzi, among others. Under the pseudonym Jules Burgmein, however, he was also a composer in his own right, producing a number of orchestral and chamber works, along with three operettas, of which La secchia rapita, premiered in Turin in 1910, was the second.

Its source is Alessandro Tomassi's scabrous mock epic of the same name, published in 1622 and later translated into English as The Rape of the Bucket, which satirises the futility of war in its depiction of the conflict that erupts between Modena and Bologna after the stupid Count of Culagna (the name means 'arse-land') filches a bucket belonging to a Bolognese innkeeper. The war, in turn, forms a backdrop to a series of erotic tales dealing with the multiple adulteries of Culagna and his Countess, and their relationships with Renoppia, an Amazonian warrior after the fashion of Tasso's Clorinda, and the soldier Titta, who is sexually drawn, Cherubinolike, to every woman he meets. …

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