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Italian Intermezzo: Music Without Words

> Adriana Lecouvreur - Adriana Lecouvreur, Act II: Intermezzo
> Manon Lescaut, Act II: Intermezzo - Manon Lescaut, Act II: Intermezzo
> Loreley - Loreley, Act III: Danza delle ondine
> Suor Angelica - Suor Angelica: Intermezzo
> Siberia - Siberia, Act II: Prelude
> La Gioconda - La Gioconda, Act III: Dance of the Hours
> L'amico Fritz - L'amico Fritz: Intermezzo
> La traviata - La traviata, Act III: Prelude
> Edgar - Act I: Prelude
> Edgar - Act III: Prelude
> La Wally - Act III: Intermezzo
> La Wally - Act IV: Intermezzo
> I quatro rusteghi - I quatro rusteghi: Intermezzo
> I gioielli della Madonna - I gioielli della Madonna: Intermezzo
> Pagliacci - Pagliacci: Intermezzo
> Fedora - Fedora, Act II: Intermezzo

Album Summary

>Cilèa, Francesco : Adriana Lecouvreur
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Catalani, Alfredo : Loreley
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Giordano, Umberto : Siberia
>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Dance of the Hours, ballet (from La Gioconda)
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Puccini, Giacomo : Edgar, opera
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I Quattro Rusteghi
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Jewels of The Madonna
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
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Notes & Reviews:

The intermezzi recorded on this CD are, in the main, orchestral mood-painting interludes found in the great Italian operatic repertoire of the 19th and early 20th century, usually connecting acts in the opera. The music is powerfully atmospheric, designed not only to create the right mood for the ensuing action of the opera, but also to provide some respite from the drama itself. Performed by The BBC Philharmonic under Noseda, this disc features works by Verdi, Puccini, Wolf-Ferrari, Ponchielli and more.

"For those of us who woud love going to the opera if only it wasn't for the singing, this disc could be the ideal choice...Noseda and the BBC Philharmonic make alert guides in this repertoire...the playing is well detailed and the performances are convincing. Chandos's record is typically rich and the bass drum should give your speakers a good workout." -Gramophone Magazine

"This disc is deftly chosen and programmed, from the very well known...to the unusual...The ballet interludes are full of sparkling charm and Puccini provides the most indelible melodic output...The BBC Phil and Noseda play with an effortless sense of style, making the most of the music's variety of colour and sweeping mood changes." -Classic FM Magazine ****

"The playing is idiomatic, infectiously con passione and brio." -Sunday Times ****

"It is much more than an hour-and-a-quarter's wallow in slow motion. There are excerpts here from operas one can wait forever to hear on stage....and every one of these tracks is well worth recording in purely musical terms...The performances are suitably vivid and sensitive, always finely controlled and shaped with a masterly hand by Gianendrea Noseda" -International Record Review

"[Noseda] approaches each item with a relish and stylistic certainty that makes you sit up and listen. The playing, also, is the equivalent of what one might hear in a major opera house, and on a good night, too." -BBC Music Magazine ****

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester.



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Works Details

>Francesco Cilèa (Composer) (1866 - 1950) : Adriana Lecouvreur :: Act 2. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (03/22/2010-02/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1902

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 3. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Catalani, Alfredo : Loreley :: Dance of the Water Nymphs
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1888

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Giordano, Umberto : Siberia :: Act 2. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : Dance of the Hours, ballet (from La Gioconda)
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Puccini, Giacomo : Edgar, opera :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1889

>Puccini, Giacomo : Edgar, opera :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1889

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Act 3. Prelude. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Act 4. Prelude. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I Quattro Rusteghi :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (08/05/2008-05/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 03/19/1906

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Jewels of The Madonna :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (08/05/2008-05/06/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 12/23/1911

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Act 2. Intermezzo
  • Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda
  • Notes: Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester (03/22/2010-02/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898