Menotti - The Consul & Amelia al ballo

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Menotti - The Consul & Amelia al ballo



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1st June 2010




2 hours 23 minutes


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Menotti - The Consul & Amelia al ballo


The Consul

Recorded in New York City in April 1950

Patricia Neway, Marie Powers & Cornell MacNeil

Orchestra, Lehman Engel

Amelia al Ballo

Recorded in the Teatro alla Scala, Milan in March 1954

Margherita Carosio, Rolando Panerai & Giacinto Prandelli

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Nino Sanzogno

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Reissue Producer and Restoration Engineer: Mark Obert-Thorn

This 2-CD set is the first in a series devoted to Gian Carlo Menotti’s compositions on the occasion of his centenary in 2011. The recordings will include several which have never before appeared on CD, and some that have not been available in any form for nearly fifty years.

Menotti’s first full-length opera, The Consul, here make its CD début.

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Consul

Act I Scene 1: Tu reviendras et voudras m'enfermer dans tes bras (Voice on the Record, John, Magda, Mother)

Act I Scene 1: Quick, John! The Police! (Magda, Mother, Secret Police Agent)

Act I Scene 1: Don't move yet (Magda, Mother, John)

Act I Scene 1: Now, O lips, say goodbye (Magda, John, Mother)

Act I Scene 2: Interlude

Act I Scene 2: Next. Yes … What can I do for you? (Secretary, Kofner)

Act I Scene 2: Next … Buon giorno (Secretary, Foreign Woman, Kofner)

Act I Scene 2: Next … May I speak to the Consul? (Secretary, Magda)

Act I Scene 2: In endless waiting rooms (Vera Boronel, Anna Gomez, Magda, Magician, Kofner)

Act II Scene 1: What is the matter, little lamb? (Mother)

Act II Scene 1: I shall find for you shells and stars (Mother)

Act II Scene 1: John, John, why did you bring me … (Magda, Mother)

Act II Scene 1: It is the signal! (Magda, Mother, Secret Police Agent, Assan)

Act II Scene 1: Mother! Why are you so still, Mother! (Magda, Mother)

Act II Scene 1: Interlude

Act II Scene 2: What did you say your name was? (Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Kofner)

Act II Scene 2: My charming ma'moiselle (Magician, Secretary, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Kofner, Foreign Woman)

Act II Scene 2: Any news for me? (Magda, Secretary)

Act II Scene 2: To this we've come (Magda, Vera Boronel, Kofner, Secretary)

Act III Scene 1: How often must I tell you, Mrs. Sorel (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Assan, Magda)

Act III Scene 1: Don't forget to sign (Secretary, Vera Boronel, Magda, Assan)

Act III Scene 1: Oh, those faces! All those faces! (Secretary)

Act III Scene 1: Who are you? How did you get in? (Secretary, John, Secret Police Agent)

Act III Scene 1: Don't be afraid, Mr. Sorel! (Secretary)

Act III Scene 2: I never meant to do this (Magda, Foreign Woman, Kofner, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mother, John, Secretary)

Act III Scene 2: Lo, Death's frontiers are open (Foreign Woman, Kofner, Anna Gomez, Vera Boronel, Mother, John, Secretary, Magician, Magda)

Act III Scene 2: Mother, John, wait (Magda, Mother, John, Magician, Chorus)

Gian Carlo Menotti: Amelia al ballo

Orchestral prelude

Stringi! Allaccia, allacia! (Amelia, First Maid, Second Maid, Friend)

Duettino: La notte, la notte e troppo breve (Amelia, Friend)

Sono pronto! Dammi i fiori (Amelia, Friend, Maids)

Non si va! Non si va! (Husband, Amelia)

Amelia, Amelia! (Husband, Amelia)

Romanza: Amelia cara (Husband)

Osi ancora negar? (Husband, Amelia)

Duettino: No, no, no! Al ballo non andremo (Husband, Amelia)

Ebbene, si (Amelia, Husband)

Il mio amante e quel signore (Amelia, Husband)

Che disdetta! (Amelia, Lover)

Romanza: Vola intanto l'ora insonne (Amelia)

Amelia! Amelia! (Lover, Amelia)

Contro me non porta offesa (Amelia, Lover)

Non l'ho pescato in tempo (Husband, Amelia)

Ah! Cane, impara … (Husband, Amelia, Lover)

Romanza: Fu di notte, come in sogno (Lover, Husband, Amelia)

Terzetto: Chi puo saper (Amelia, Lover, Husband)

Orchestral interlude - Che c'e? Che c'e? (Chorus)

Gia capito (Chief of Police, Chorus, Amelia)

Seduta alla specchiera (Amelia, Chorus, Chief of Police, Lover)

Perche affligersi tanto? (Chief of Police, Amelia)

Gioite, gioite, Amelia al ballo andra (Chorus)

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2010

“The Amelia is splendid in every way, with fine, natural recorded sound, verve and style in Sanzogno's conducting, charm of an agreebly "period" kind in Carosio's singing and very able backing by Prandelli and Panerai...The transfer also gives much pleasure”

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