Menotti: The Saint of Bleecker Street

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Menotti: The Saint of Bleecker Street



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10th Jan 2011




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Menotti: The Saint of Bleecker Street


The Saint of Bleecker Street

Recorded in New York City in February - March 1955

Orchestra and Chorus, Thomas Schippers

The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore

Recorded in New York City in 1957

Instrumental Ensemble and Chorus, Thomas Schippers

Gabrielle Ruggiero (Annina), David Poleri (Michele), Gloria Lane (Desideria), Maria Di Gerlando (Carmela) & Leon Lishner (Don Marco)

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Reissue Producer and Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

Hailed as ‘the best new opera since Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess’, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street won the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Musical. Its underlying themes of immigrant life and religious fervour remain topical today. The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore is part masque, part ballet and part chamber music. It presents three stages in the life of an eccentric poet, symbolised by the allegorical animals of the title.

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Saint of Bleecker Street

Act I Scene 1: Introduction - Rosa Mystica (Assunta, Chorus, A Young Man)

Act I Scene 1: Well … I'm tired of waiting! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Carmela, Chorus, A Young Woman)

Act I Scene 1: The vision has begun (Don Marco, Chorus)

Act I Scene 1: Oh, sweet Jesus, spare me this agony (Annina, Chorus)

Act I Scene 1: Look! The stigmata (Chorus)

Act I Scene 1: Stop it! Out of here, all of you! (Michele, Carmela, Chorus, Don Marco)

Act I Scene 1: Ah, poor Michele, it is not I your rival (Don Marco)

Act I Scene 1: Interlude

Act I Scene 2: Canta ninna, canta nanna al mio bambino (Assunta, Carmela, A Woman, A Girl, Concettina)

Act I Scene 2: Annina, I've something to confess to you (Carmela, Annina)

Act I Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Annina, Maria's Son)

Act I Scene 2: Michele, Michele! (Annina, Michele)

Act I Scene 2: Sister, I shall hide you and take you away (Michele, Annina)

Act I Scene 2: Veglia su di noi (Chorus, Annina, Michele)

Act II: Introduction - Hai l'occhio nero, nero della quaglia (First Guest, Chorus, Second Guest, Michele, Annina, Carmela, Salvatore, A Guest)

Act II: Where is Michele? (Desideria, Barman, Michele)

Act II: Eh gia che I giovinotti (Chorus, Desideria, Michele)

Act II: Ah, Michele, don't you know that love can turn to hate (Desideria)

Act II: You will regret it (Michele, Don Marco, Chorus, Annina, Salvatore)

Act II: I know that you all hate me (Michele)

Act II: You are wrong, Michele (Don Marco, Annina, Michele)

Act II: Yes, Michele, go home (Desideria, Michele, Annina, Chorus)

Act III Scene 1: There she is. Be careful, Michele, try not to upset her (Don Marco, Maria Corona, Annina, Michele)

Act III Scene 1: Weeping, these, for him, are days of weeping (Maria Corona, Annina, Michele)

Act III: Interlude

Act III Scene 2: Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi (Assunta, Chorus, Annina, Carmela)

Act III Scene 2: Annina, Annina, prepare yourself for a great joy (Don Marco, Annina, Carmela)

Act III Scene 2: Oh, my Love, at last the hour has come (Annina, Carmela)

Act III Scene 2: Maria, Salvatore! (Assunta, Maria Corona, Salvatore, Don Marco)

Act III Scene 2: Gloria tibi Domine in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi (Chorus, Don Marco, Annina)

Act III Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Michele, Salvatore, Don Marco, Carmela, Maria Corona, Assunta, Chorus)

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, or The 3 Sundays of a Poet

Introduction (Chorus)

Interlude 1

Madrigal 1 (Chorus)

Interlude 2

First Sunday: Madrigal 2 (Chorus)

First Sunday: Madrigal 3 (Chorus)

First Sunday: Madrigal 4 (Chorus)

First Sunday: Interlude 3

Second Sunday: Madrigal 5 (Chorus)

Second Sunday: Madrigal 6 (Chorus)

Second Sunday: Madrigal 7 (Chorus)

Second Sunday: Interlude 4

Third Sunday: Madrigal 8 (Chorus)

Third Sunday: Madrigal 9 (Chorus)

Third Sunday: Interlude 5

Third Sunday: Madrigal 10 (Chorus)

Third Sunday: Interlude 6

Third Sunday: Madrigal 11 (Chorus)

Third Sunday: The March to the Castle (Chorus)

Third Sunday: Madrigal 12 (Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

October 2011


“Lurid slice of religiose Manhattan verismo, powerfully sung and played - with The Unicorn, a sly madrigalian fable, providing a delightful contrast.”

International Record Review

May 2011

“Gabrielle Ruggiero is a touching Annina...and the rest of the cast is strong...The Saint of Bleecker Street is not some sort of warmed-over Puccini: it's a work that draws the listener in seductively, and I'm absolutely delighted to have heard this original recording, well restored by Obert-Thorn.”

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