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Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly

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JULES MASSENET.- EL CID – Ballet


JULES MASSENET.- EL CID – Ballet

 

#Giacomo_Puccini : né le 22 décembre 1858 en Toscane, il est mort le 29 novembre 1924 à Bruxelles en Belgique) — Stéphane Bergès (@Revizorsb)


GHEORGHIU & ALAGNA – La Bohème – Sono andati? (Final scene)

Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini: great compositions/performances


Maria Callas. Sola, perduta, abbandonata. Manon Lescaut. Giacomo Puccini.

Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924): make music part of your life series


Mottetto per San Paolino – Giacomo Puccini(1858-1924)

Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna: mke music part of your life series


Alfredo Catalani “Notturno in G sharp minor” for Rowna

Notturno in G sharp minor for piano
by Alfredo Catalani
Riccardo Caramella, piano

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alfredo Catalani (19 June 1854 – 7 August 1893) was an Italian operatic composer. He is best remembered for his operas Loreley (1890) and La Wally (1892). La Wally was composed to a libretto by Luigi Illica, and features Catalani’s most famous aria “Ebben? Ne andrò lontana.” This aria, sung by American soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez, was at the heart of Jean-Jacques Beineix’s 1981[1] cult[2] movie Diva.[3] Catalani’s other operas were less successful, partly hampered by inferior libretti.

Life and career

Catalani was born in Lucca and trained at the Conservatory of Milan under Antonio Bazzini.

Despite the growing influence of the verismo style of opera during the 1880s Catalani chose to compose in a more traditional manner. As a result his operas have largely lost their place in the modern repertoire, even compared to those of Massenet and Puccini, whose style his works most closely resemble.

The influence of Amilcare Ponchielli can also be recognized in Catalani’s work. Like Ponchielli, Catalani’s reputation now rests almost entirely on one work. However, while La Wally enjoys occasional revivals, Ponchielli’s La Gioconda has always been the more popular opera of the two (287 performances to date at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as opposed to only four for La Wally).

In 1893, upon his premature death from tuberculosis in Milan, Catalani was interred in the Cimitero Monumentale, where Ponchielli and conductor Arturo Toscanini also lie. Toscanini was a strong advocate of Catalani’s music and named his daughter Wally in recognition of the composer’s most successful opera. Toscanini recorded the prelude to Act IV of La Wally and the “Dance of the Water Nymphs” from Loreley in Carnegie Hall in August 1952 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra for RCA Victor.

Operas

  • La falce (“The Sickle”), Milan, 19 July 1875
  • Elda, Turin, 31 January 1880 (radically revised as Loreley)
  • Dejanice, Milan, 17 March 1883
  • Edmea, Milan, 27 February 1886
  • Loreley, Turin, 16 February 1890
  • La Wally, Milan, 20 January 1892

Symphonic works

  • Sinfonia a piena orchestra (“Symphony for Full Orchestra”), 1872
  • Il Mattino, sinfonia romantica (“Morning”, Romantic symphony), 1874
  • Ero e Leandro, poema sinfonico (“Hero and Leander”, Symphonic tone poem), Milan, 9 May 1885

Angela GHEORGHIU – O mio babbino caro – G Schicchi – Puccini


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Angela GHEORGHIU – O mio babbino caro – G Schicchi – Puccini

Angela Gheorghiu sings the aria “O mio babbino caro”, from Puccini’s opera ‘Gianni Schicchi
(Concert from the Lincoln Center, December 31th, 2005)

Giacomo Puccini


Giacomo Puccini

Puccini was an Italian composer of operas and a leading exponent of the realistic, verismo style. Born into a family of musicians, he studied piano and organ in his hometown before entering the Milan Conservatory in 1880. His famous operas, which remain exceedingly popular to this day, include La Bohème, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly. His death in 1924 is often cited as the end of grand opera. Complications from what experimental medical treatment hastened his death? More… Discuss

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Giacomo Puccini “Ave Maria” from Suor Angelica”


Français : Puccini et Toscanini vers 1900.

Puccini et Toscanini vers 1900. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ave Maria, the “Opening Scene” from
Suor Angelica by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Victoria de los Angeles (Suor Angelica)
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell`Opera di Roma
Tullio Serafin, conductor
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Giacomo Puccini: “Coro a bocca chiusa” (Humming Chorus) from Madame Butterfly



Madame Butterfly waits for the ship of her beloved Pinkerton to come. In fact her death comes closer. 

composed by Ciacomo Puccini
performed by the Hungarian State Opera

 

Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith (PLU Wind Ensemble)



Dr. Edwin Powell conducting the Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble. This was recorded during a concert at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Hall on 9 May, 2010.

I. Allegro 0:00
II. Scherzo (Turandot): Moderato-Vivo 3:52
III. Andantino 11:07 (Flute Solo 14:34)
IV. Marsch 16:06

The Weber themes are taken from incidental music Weber wrote for a play by Carlo Gozzi based on the same Turandot legend that later inspired Giacomo Puccini and others. Hindemith and his wife used to play Weber’s music for two pianists, and Hindemith used some of these little-known pieces—Op. 60/4 (no. 253 in the Jähns catalog of Weber’s works) (first movement), Op. 10/2 (J. 82) (third movement), and Op. 60/7 (J. 265) (fourth movement) for the themes of the other movements. Weber’s piano duets were written around 1801 and 1818–19, his Turandot music in 1809.

 

Puccini – Manon Lescaut – Intermezzo ( Tell me: Don’t you think it is Divine?)



Intermezzo between act 2 and 3 from the opera Manon Lescaut composed by Giacomo Puccini. I believe this intermezzo is the most beautiful among other composers’ intermezzi.

Tell me: Don’t you find it  divine?