Ponchielli: La Gioconda ()

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Despite its title, which means "The Joyful One," La Gioconda is no barrel of laughs; true to the old-fashioned grand operatic tradition in which it was conceived, it feeds on a steady diet of tragedy and disappointment. Fortunately, Ponchielli's score provides many reasons to smile in the form of great arias, duets, ensembles and choruses, and, of course, the "Dance of the Hours," and EMI's 2002 recording, led by Marcello Viotti, captures all of them nicely. Violeta Urmana delivers a beautifully sung, and at times moving ...

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Ponchielli: La Gioconda
2003, EMI

UPC: 724355745125

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