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Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)

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Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)

Ensemble Villa Musica - Amilcare Ponchielli: Chamber Music (2010)
WEB | FLAC (tracks) - 209 MB | 53:10
Genre: Classical | Label: MDG Gold

Newcomers to the music of the 19th century sometimes wonder why there are so few Italian compositions in genres of "absolute" music: symphonies, chamber music, piano sonatas. As the booklet notes for this release on the fine German audiophile label MDG point out, the reason is that the institutions supporting these genres were almost completely absent in Italy, whose musical life was organized around the opera. The exception was the municipal wind band, which served as a regional training ground for opera orchestra musicians. This album presents a group of all-but-unknown small chamber pieces for winds by Amilcare Ponchielli, best known for his opera La Gioconda and specifically for the Dance of the Hours instrumental interlude, known to pop fans as "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh."

Friedemann Layer, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Montpellier - Amilcare Ponchielli: Marion Delorme (2002)

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Friedemann Layer, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Montpellier - Amilcare Ponchielli: Marion Delorme (2002)

Friedemann Layer, Orchestre de l'Opéra de Montpellier - Amilcare Ponchielli: Marion Delorme (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 517 Mb | Total time: 129:20 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Accord | 474 613-2 | Recorded: 2001

My late, lamented colleague, Michael Oliver, would have exulted at the prospect of reviewing this hardly-ever-heard example of verismo, a genre (like so many others) of which he made a speciality. Ponchielli’s last opera appears never to have been recorded before, and has received few performances, even in Italy, after its comparatively successful première at La Scala in 1885.