Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Live (2020)

Mascagni

Melody Moore

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski and the Dresdner Philharmonie present a new recording of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, the verismo opera par excellence. Mascagni’s debut opera turned him into an overnight world star and continues to captivate listeners today.

Even if the depiction of simple village folk and the direct emotional appeal of Cavalleria Rusticana were initially greeted as a welcome alternative to the gods, intellectual pretenses and dense orchestral textures of Wagner, Mascagni’s score, in fact, has many more symphonic qualities than is usually acknowledged.

Marek Janowski, a champion of Wagnerian opera and German symphonic music is the ideal candidate to demonstrate those qualities. He does this together with the Dresdner Philharmonic, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and a cast of outstanding vocal soloists, including Melody Moore as Santuzza, Brian Jagde as Turridu and Lester Lynch in the role of Alfio. Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times and enjoys a vast discography.

This recording is the first in a series with the Dresdner Philharmonie, where Janowski currently serves as chief conductor. Melody Moore and Lester Lynch both have been featured on several releases, including Verdi’s Othello (2017). Brian Jagde is one of today’s rising opera tenor stars and makes his Pentatone debut on this album.

On 4 February 1891, Cosima Wagner wrote to Houston Stewart Chamberlain from Berlin:"... what I experienced here – Cavalleria Rusticana – disgusted me." How was she supposed to like what penetrated her own deepest wounds (in the 1860s, she had betrayed and eventually abandoned her husband, conductor and pianist Hans vonBülow, through her love affair with Richard Wagner)?

On top of that, it was presented with a garish, downright overpowering directness that Frau Wagner had never experienced from her husband, who himself wasn't frugal when it comes to expressing the torments of the soul? An expert who is as astute as he is eloquent explains:"Mascagni has once again honored aright and healthy attitude against the false, unhealthy principle of Wagner's style: Mascagni has demonstrated that without melody there is no music and that without sung melody there is no opera.

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Melody Moore

More than a promise for the future

Soprano Melody Moore is enjoying a thriving career on the world’s leading stages, prompting Opera News to label her “a revelation.” After her recent soldout solo recital at Carnegie Hall, the same publication raved, “As I left the auditorium, I could only think: more of Moore, please.” In 2012, Melody Moore proved her mettle stepping in for Angela Gheorghiu after the first act in Puccini’s Tosca at San Francisco Opera. It was a huge success that launched her career. The singer with such a suitably apt first name is carefully developing her repertoire in the Italianate and Germanic spinto soprano roles of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss and Wagner, while maintaining her passion for American opera and song. In a short period of time, she has added – or rather, conquered – numerous new roles. Long gone are the days when the young girl stood up before her small church congregation to sing. Now, she is adored by the audiences at the great opera houses of the world. Melody Moore’s voice is more than just a promise for the future, as the critics point out: “She has a lyrical voice with pronounced dark overtones. Besides, she has the typical ‘kapow!’ of the spinto soprano. Her extraordinary abilities can best be described by mentioning the names of Renata Tebaldi and Gabrielle Tucci.” A truly powerful artistic prediction, which Melody Moore is only too happy to confirm on stage as well as in the recording studio.

photo: from booklet 'An American Song Book'

Marek Janowski

Marek Janowski has been artistic director of the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin (= RSB, the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin) since 2002. Under his directorship between 1984 and 2000, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France rose to become the leading orchestra in France. During a number of years, he also put his personal stamp on the Gu?rzenich Orchester Köln (1986-1990), the Dresdner Philharmonie (2001-2003), the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000-2005), and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (2005-2012).

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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Live (2020)

Mascagni

Melody Moore

Balance Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Executive Producers: Frauke Roth (Dresdner Philharmonie) & Job Maarse (San Francisco Classical Recording Company)
Italian Language Coach: Matelda Cappelletti
Notes: A San Francisco Classical Recording Company Production
Producer: Job Maarse
Recording Engineer: Erdo Groot
Recording Location: Recorded Live at Kulturpalast Dresden, March 2019.
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Tracks.
1.
Cavalleria rusticana - Preludio - Live
Mascagni
00:02:13   N/A
2.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 1 - O Lola ch'ai di latti la cammisa - Live
Mascagni
00:04:55   N/A
3.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 1 - Introduzione - Live
Mascagni
00:02:15   N/A
4.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 1 - Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini - Live
Mascagni
00:03:57   N/A
5.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 2 - Dite, mamma Lucia - Live
Mascagni
00:04:12   N/A
6.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 3 - Il cavallo scalpita - Live
Mascagni
00:02:19   N/A
7.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 3 - Beato voi, compar Alfio - Live
Mascagni
00:00:50   N/A
8.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 3 - Regina coeli laetare - Live
Mascagni
00:00:53   N/A
9.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 3 - Inneggiamo, il Signor non e morto - Live
Mascagni
00:05:03   N/A
10.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 4 - Voi lo sapete, o mamma - Live
Mascagni
00:05:11   N/A
11.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 5 - Tu qui, Santuzza - Live
Mascagni
00:04:27   N/A
12.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 6 - Son giunto ora in piazza - Live
Mascagni
00:02:23   N/A
13.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 7 - No, no, Turiddu - Live
Mascagni
00:04:35   N/A
14.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 8 - Oh Il Signore vi manda - Live
Mascagni
00:01:06   N/A
15.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 8 - Il ver. Turiddu mi tolse l'onore - Live
Mascagni
00:03:39   N/A
16.
Cavalleria rusticana - Intermezzo sinfonico - Live
Mascagni
00:03:05   N/A
17.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 9 - A casa, a casa, amici - Live
Mascagni
00:02:36   N/A
18.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 9 - Viva il vino spumeggiante - Live
Mascagni
00:02:13   N/A
19.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 10 - A voi tutti salute - Live
Mascagni
00:04:33   N/A
20.
Cavalleria rusticana, Scene 11 - Mamma, quel vino e generoso - Live
Mascagni
00:05:23   N/A

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