Pacini: Il convitato di pietra (The Stone Guest)

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Pacini: Il convitato di pietra (The Stone Guest)



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4th Jan 2011




92 minutes


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Pacini: Il convitato di pietra (The Stone Guest)

Leonardo Cortellazzi (Don Giovanni), Geraldine Chauvet (Donn’Anna), Zinovia-Maria Zafeiriadou (Zerlina), Ugo Guagliardo (Masetto), Giorgio Trucco (Duca Ottavio), Ugo Guagliardo (Il Commendatore) & Giulio Mastrototaro (Ficcanaso)

Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir & Cluj Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Daniele Ferrari

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Giovanni Pacini wrote some 74 operas, and this is not only the first recording but the first ever public performance of Il convitato di pietra (The Stone Guest), written for private performance in 1832.

It is based on the same tale used by Mozart for Don Giovanni but without the character Donna Elvira. While Pacini’s version is scored for chamber orchestra and draws on arias from his other operas, many of which were doubtless family favourites, it nonetheless demands bel canto singing of the highest order particularly for Don Giovanni, Zerlina and Ficcanaso.

For this recording Pacini’s manuscript score and the original performing parts, as well as the partially preserved hand-written libretto, were used as the basis for reconstructing the entire work.

Giovanni Pacini: Don Giovanni Tenorio, o Il convitato di pietra

Prologo: Non lo capisco (Rosa, Francesco and Claudia Pacini)

Act I Scene 1: Introduzione: La gran bestia e il mio padrone (Ficcanaso, Donn'Anna, Don Giovanni, Commendatore)

Act I Scene 2: Sei morto? Ben ti sta (Don Giovanni, Ficcanaso, Donn'Anna, Duca Ottavio)

Act I Scene 2: Aria con pertichini: Care sponde, che pietose (Donn'Anna, Duca Ottavio)

Act I Scene 4: Si tratta di un affare importante (Ficcanaso, Don Giovanni)

Act I Scene 4: Coro e sortita: Bella cosa per una ragazza (Chorus, Zerlina, Masetto)

Act I Scenes 5 and 6: Da bravi! Cari amici (Don Giovanni, Zerlina, Masetto, Ficcanaso)

Act I Scene 6: Duetto: La man tu mi darai (Don Giovanni, Zerlina)

Act I Scenes 7 to 9: Son vani i pianti (Duca Ottavio, Don Giovanni, Donn'Anna, Zerlina, Masetto, Ficcanaso)

Act I Scene 9: Aria con pertichini: Di tutte le sue belle (Ficcanaso, Zerlina)

Act I Scene 10: Ohime! Masetto mio… (Zerlina, Masetto, Don Giovanni)

Act I Scene 10: Finale: Esso vien, io qui celato (Tutti)

Act II Scene 1: Ficcanaso?… Vo' andar vi dico (Don Giovanni, Ficcanaso)

Act II Scene 1: Romanza: Luna, conforto al cor de' naviganti (Don Giovanni)

Act II Scene 2: Ah, per pieta (Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Ficcanaso)

Act II Scene 2: Quintetto: Senza il caro sposo amato (Zerlina, Ficcanaso, Duca Ottavio, Donna Anna, Masetto)

Act II Scene 4: Masetto… Masetto mio (Zerlina, Masetto)

Act II Scene 4: Duetto: Mio dolce pensiero (Zerlina, Masetto)

Act II Scene 5: Ah! Ah! Ah! Che bella notte! (Don Giovanni, Ficcanaso, Commendatore)

Act II Scene 5: Duetto: Signor Commendatore… (Ficcanaso, Don Giovanni, Commendatore)

Act II Scene 6: Signori, signore (Zerlina)

Act II Scene 6: Aria: Sento brillarmi il core (Zerlina)

Act II Scene 6: Finale: Preparata e gia la cena (Don Giovanni, Ficcanaso, Commendatore, Chorus)

International Record Review

March 2011

“Leonardo Cortellazzi's light tenor is agile. It lacks some bloom, but he introduces some pleasing shading of his tone in the serenade. He gives a lively interpretation in all his scenes...Ficcanaso is the strong-voiced Giulio Mastrototaro, who nimbly rattles through the catalogue aria.”

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