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Opera Explained: Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Smillie)

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XM 8143
 
Opera Explained: Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Smillie)
ISBN: 9781843793250
Download Size: 51 Mb
Running Time (H:M): 01:01:25
Release Date: June 2004
Originally recorded in 2004
Author
Thomson Smillie
Composer
Ruggero Leoncavallo
Reader
David Timson
Genre:
Spoken Word

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Opera Explained: Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Smillie)
Thomson Smillie
Read by David Timson
Pagliacci may be the most completely compelling short opera in the repertory and owes much of its impact to a brilliant story based, it is said, on true life and told through the device of a play-within-a-play. The action is set in Calabria in the deep south of Italy where the jealousies and illicit passions of a troupe of strolling actors precisely intersect with the play they are performing - to both touching and tragic effect. Leoncavallo was his own librettist, and his literary skills, allied to great melodic creativity, guarantee that in its two short acts Pagliacci - 'Clowns' - delivers an overwhelming emotional experience.




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