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Subject: Re: Leoncavallo: I Medici
From: Tom Kaufman <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 13 Mar 2007 08:11:32 -0400
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This sounds like my kind of opera. Was it ever issued on CD? Is it through  composed or does it still have closed numbers a la Ponchielli?
Thanks much.

Tom


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Sent: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 10:46 PM
Subject: Re: Leoncavallo: I Medici


Ok, just got finished listening to my recording of I Medici; my observations -
(Note: I am NOT a musicologist; I don't even play one on TV)

-Domingo will probably need to transpose the act 2 duet with the (soprano/dramatic mezzo); otherwise, I think the role will be VERY good for him

-At the opening I thought I had put on a von Weber opera by mistake; lots of horn music

- This seems to fit into a series of grand Italian operas (ala Ponchielli), done in the 1890's. Very reminiscent of the original 4 Act Edgar by Puccini in the scope of the opera.

- I like this opera a lot - the problem for a recording is that it demands an absolutely first rank baritone (Bruson is on the recording I have), and a Falcon/dramatic soprano/dramatic mezzo for the female role. Maybe Zajick .... maybe ...???

This ain't Pagliacci, boys and girls. More in the class of Simon Boccanegra ...

Just my due lire,
Mike


----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Begley" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: Leoncavallo: I Medici

> Yes,
> I recently acquired a recording of the Franfurt I Medici - Viotti conducts > a cast headed by Renato Bruson, Giuseppe Giacomini, Daniela Longhi and > Nicolai Ghiuselev. I have not listened to it yet, but maybe I will > tonight and post a report. By the way, the release I got comes with a > synopsis about three times as long as the one Mr. Kosovsky so kindly > provided - if folks are interested I can scan and post it, but it will be > a few days before I get to it - I am pretty backed up.

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