RICCARDO ZANDONAI (1883-1944): Francesca da Rimini.
Catalogue Number: 11R054
Reference: 777 960-2
Description: From Dante via D'Anunnzio and Tito Ricordi, Zandonai's masterwork was premiered in 1914. Here, the heavily erotic atmosphere of D'Anunnzio's play becomes melancholy and oppressed. A powerful gift for Italian melody and strong, Straussian orchestration create gripping and, in certain places where an ancient atmosphere is evoked, quite magical effects. 2 CDs. Italian-English libretto. Christina Vasileva (soprano), Martin Mühle, Adriano Graziani (tenors), Juan Orozco (baritone), Freiburg Chamber Choir, Opera and Extrachoir of the Freiburg Theatre, Vocal Ensemble of the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Fabrice Bollon.