PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863-1945): I Rantzau.
Catalogue Number: 11W040
Reference: GB 2583/84-2
Description: Today I Rantzau has to be considered an important and delicate stage in Mascagni’s creative work. Indeed, the opera marks the saturation of the so-called “realistic” phase of the composer’s work. It highlights the consolidation of the change from the idyllic naturalism tried out in the earlier Amico Fritz, to a true experimentalism which was to lead soon after that to the pessimistic tensions of the heavy Nordic romanticism of Guglielmo Ratcliff. Live recording - 1992. 2 CDs. No information about libretto availability. Barry Anderson (baritone), Ottavio Garaventa (tenor), Rita Lanteri (soprano), Coro Cooperativa Artisti Associati, Orchestra del Comitato Estate Livornese - Teatro di Livorno; Bruno Rigacci.