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Mascagni: Rapsodia Satanica; Nino Rota: Il Gattopardo, original motion picture scores / Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Strobel

Album Summary

>Mascagni, Pietro : Rapsodia satanica, symphonic poem for film
>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo
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Notes & Reviews:

Pietro Mascagni's single work for the early days of cinema was composed in the winter of 1914-15, and premiered by him in 1917. The idea behind Rapsodia Satanica and the film's director Nino Oxilia was to create a "Poema cine-musicale", a synthesis of the arts with music, poetry and finally cinematography. The plot is something like a female version of "Faust", based on poetry by Fausto Maria Martini (1886-1931). The work is oriented toward Richard Wagner's musical language. The French-German TV channel Arte restored this treasure of early cinema in 2006 and recorded the complete film music score, now available also on CD. Luciano Visconti's Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1963), based on the Lampedusa novel, is one of his most striking films, as is its Nino Rota-supplied score. Frank Strobel helms the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in the CD presentation of these scores.

Gramophone Magazine
Strobel has a real sense of the music's grand passions, and his Ludwigshafen-based orchestra is impressive, too, with plenty of glamour in the woodwind and appropriately lush strings. You'll like it if you like Mascagni's operas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ludwigshafen, Philharmonie (09/13/2005).



Reviews

Princes and Devils
Il Gattopardo (The Leopard) remains controversial some 50 years after its initial release. To some it is a towering masterpiece, a visually stunning, meticulously constructed evocation of the changing social and political order in 19th century Italy, primarily Sicily. To others, it is an interminable ordeal predicated on the slenderest of narrative threads. There is consensus on one element: the excellence of Rotas score which showcases the composers melodic gift and uncanny ability to clarify and enhance the images on the screen. Maestro Strobel utilizes a suite assembled by Ricardo Muti which is roughly 15 minutes in duration. Italian opera composer, Pietro Mascagni composed the score for Rapsodia Satanica, a 1917 film dealing with a 20th century twist on the ancient Faust myth. Like several of his contemporaries, e.g. Saint-Saens and Hindemith, Mascagni was intrigued by the rapidly evolving film medium and the opportunities it afforded composers both artistically and financially. The music Mascagni provided is highly sophisticated. Its intricately worked out to precisely mirror the shifting arc and tone of the narrative, a skill Mascagni had clearly developed in the realm of opera. The suite played here is nearly 47 minutes and worthwhile from an aesthetic perspective as well as a purely historical one. The 88 members of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz do a fine job in bringing to life these 2 scores which are separated by nearly 50 years. Plaudits to Maestro Strobel for his efforts in guiding this project to fruition. The sound pickup is resonant and detailed. The liner notes are informative although slightly compromised by a less than ideal translation.
Submitted on 11/20/15 by Allen Cohen 
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>Mascagni, Pietro : Rapsodia satanica, symphonic poem for film
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo :: Titoli
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo :: no 6
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo :: no 19
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo :: no 11 "Angelica e Tancredi
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963

>Rota, Nino : Il Gattopardo :: Finale
  • Conductor: Frank Strobel
  • Ensemble: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963