Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi ()

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This Decca release -- with star conductor, new position, short operatic excerpts -- might seem an album safely headed for best-seller territory without remapping that territory in any way. Actually it's better than that: conductor Riccardo Chailly, with the Filarmonica della Scala (the house orchestra of the great Italian opera theater), contributes an interesting look at a genre not known for instrumental music, and he walks some rarely trodden paths. There are a few well-known pieces, like the "Dance of the Hours" from ...

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  1. Un Giorno di regno, opera (Il finto Stanislao): Overture
  2. I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, opera: Prelude to the Trio (Finale of Act III)
  3. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Introduction to Act III
  4. La pietra del paragone, opera: Overture
  5. Ugo conte di Parigi, opera: Overture
  6. Norma, opera: Overture
  7. Siberia, opera: Prelude to Act II
  8. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Intermezzo
  9. Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act IV
  10. Dance of the Hours, ballet (from La Gioconda)
  11. Pagliacci, opera: Intermezzo
  12. I Medici, opera: Prelude to Act I
  13. I Medici, opera: Prelude to Act III
  14. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Prelude to the Prologue
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Overtures, Preludes & Intermezzi
2017, Decca

UPC: 028948311484

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