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Opera Explained: MASCAGNI - Cavalleria rusticana (Smillie)

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Opera Explained: MASCAGNI - Cavalleria rusticana (Smillie)
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ISBN: 9781843793205
Download Size: 63 Mb
Running Time: 01:16:31
Digital UPC: 9781843793205

Release Date: February 2004
Originally recorded in 2004
Thomson Smillie
Pietro Mascagni
David Timson
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: MASCAGNI - Cavalleria rusticana (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
Cavalleria rusticana is the short opera that has all the elements of a grand opera compressed into a single highly dramatic time span. The story of love, lust, blood-feud and betrayal played out against the pageantry of the Easter celebrations in a Sicilian village delivers an emotional wallop because of the youthful vigour and musical wealth of its great score which includes the glorious Easter Hymn and the deeply moving Intermezzo. Mascagni was never to repeat his youthful success but this brief work is enough to ensure his immortality.

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