Friday, 6 April 2012

Easter Cav and Pag streaming

If it's Easter it must be Parsifal,  Bach, and Cav and Pag. New to Medici TV is the Mascagni/Leoncavallo double bill streaming HERE. Violetta Urmana, Vincenzo La Scola, Maria Bayo, Vladimir Galouzine. The production ( I think 2007) comes from Teatro Real in Madrid, conducted by Jesús Lopez Cobos and directed by Giancarlo del Monaco, son of the tenor and stabbed by his wife last year in a drama that could come out of an opera plot, which gives I Pagliacci a poignant edge.

Read more HERE about a really unique I Pagliacci . Hanns Eisler redoes Leoncavallo for the movie, which stars Richard Tauber and was conducted by Albert Coates. "My contribution was nil" said Eisler who needed the money at the time. Brecht was supposed to be involved but didn't get round to it. Imagine that conjuction of different worlds!

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