Opera Intermezzi / Herbert von Karajan, Berlin PO

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanschina
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
>Massenet, Jules : Thais
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I gioielli della Madonna
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Universally acknowledged as one of the greatest conductors of both Italian opera and orchestral showpieces, Herbert von Karajan was uniquely qualified to undertake this varied and entertaining programme of interludes and other orchestral music from operas. This rare disc brings these pieces together on CD for the first time.

Stereo Record Guide
The conductor shows his mastery of phrase and idiom immediately in the opening La Traviata Prelude which is beautifully done, and the same poise gives distinction to the famous Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo and indeed the Puccini items. Where high drama is called for, as in the music of the verismo school, Karajan rises to the occasion and one can hear the resin sizzle as those Berlin string bows bite.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo sinfonico
  • Performer: Wolfgang Meyer (Organ)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Khovanschina :: Act 4. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1872-1880

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 3. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Massenet, Jules : Thaïs :: Méditation. Intermezzo
  • Performer: Michel Schwalbé (Violin)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Act 2. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1898.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Francesco Cilèa (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Act 2. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I gioielli della Madonna :: Act 3. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 12/23/1911

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz :: Act 3. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta