PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863-1945): Iris.
Catalogue Number: 03U041
Reference: AB 20039
Description: This 1898 melodrama, set in Japan, had only the CBS Domingo recording from 1989 in its official discography until now. Reviews of the latter stressed the work’s formal innovative and experimental aspects and use of authentic Japanese instruments for color. Harmonic delicacy and attractive lyricism add to the pleasures and make for an opera well worth rediscovering. Paoletta Marrocu (soprano), Paolo Antognetti (tenor), Carmine Monaco d’Ambrosìa (baritone), Coro Ars Lyrica, Orchestra Filarmonica Pucciniana; Hiroki Ihara. 16:9 format. NTSC all regions. PCM stereo. 140 min.