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MENOTTI, G.C.: Saint of Bleecker Street (The) / The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore (Schippers) (1955, 1957)

Composer(s)Menotti, Gian Carlo
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularOpera
Catalogue 8.111360-61
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Hailed as ‘the best new opera since Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess’, Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleecker Street won the Pulitzer Prize for Music and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Musical. Its underlying themes of immigrant life and religious fervour remain topical today. The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore is part masque, part ballet and part chamber music. It presents three stages in the life of an eccentric poet, symbolised by the allegorical animals of the title.

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MENOTTI, G.C.: Saint of Bleecker Street (The) / The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore (Schippers) (1955, 1957) 2:35:47   
  The Saint of Bleecker Street          
      Act I Scene 1: Introduction - Rosa Mystica (Assunta, Chorus, A Young Man) 3:34       
      Act I Scene 1: Well … I'm tired of waiting! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Carmela, Chorus, A Young Woman) 3:11       
      Act I Scene 1: The vision has begun (Don Marco, Chorus) 3:37       
      Act I Scene 1: Oh, sweet Jesus, spare me this agony (Annina, Chorus) 8:04       
      Act I Scene 1: Look! The stigmata (Chorus) 0:55       
      Act I Scene 1: Stop it! Out of here, all of you! (Michele, Carmela, Chorus, Don Marco) 4:27       
      Act I Scene 1: Ah, poor Michele, it is not I your rival (Don Marco) 2:43       
      Act I Scene 1: Interlude 2:00       
      Act I Scene 2: Canta ninna, canta nanna al mio bambino (Assunta, Carmela, A Woman, A Girl, Concettina) 2:42       
      Act I Scene 2: Annina, I've something to confess to you (Carmela, Annina) 5:23       
      Act I Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Maria Corona, Assunta, Annina, Maria's Son) 2:16       
      Act I Scene 2: Michele, Michele! (Annina, Michele) 4:28       
      Act I Scene 2: Sister, I shall hide you and take you away (Michele, Annina) 1:48       
      Act I Scene 2: Veglia su di noi (Chorus, Annina, Michele) 5:07       
      Act II: Introduction - Hai l'occhio nero, nero della quaglia (First Guest, Chorus, Second Guest, Michele, Annina, Carmela, Salvatore, A Guest) 6:14       
      Act II: Where is Michele? (Desideria, Barman, Michele) 3:48       
      Act II: Eh gia che I giovinotti (Chorus, Desideria, Michele) 3:20       
      Act II: Ah, Michele, don't you know that love can turn to hate (Desideria) 3:02       
      Act II: You will regret it (Michele, Don Marco, Chorus, Annina, Salvatore) 1:31       
      Act II: I know that you all hate me (Michele) 3:53       
      Act II: You are wrong, Michele (Don Marco, Annina, Michele) 1:27       
      Act II: Yes, Michele, go home (Desideria, Michele, Annina, Chorus) 6:00       
  The Saint of Bleecker Street          
      Act III Scene 1: There she is. Be careful, Michele, try not to upset her (Don Marco, Maria Corona, Annina, Michele) 6:33       
      Act III Scene 1: Weeping, these, for him, are days of weeping (Maria Corona, Annina, Michele) 4:56       
      Act III: Interlude 2:32       
      Act III Scene 2: Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi (Assunta, Chorus, Annina, Carmela) 3:42       
      Act III Scene 2: Annina, Annina, prepare yourself for a great joy (Don Marco, Annina, Carmela) 1:48       
      Act III Scene 2: Oh, my Love, at last the hour has come (Annina, Carmela) 3:38       
      Act III Scene 2: Maria, Salvatore! (Assunta, Maria Corona, Salvatore, Don Marco) 1:40       
      Act III Scene 2: Gloria tibi Domine in saeculum et in saeculum saeculi (Chorus, Don Marco, Annina) 5:57       
      Act III Scene 2: Annina, Annina! (Michele, Salvatore, Don Marco, Carmela, Maria Corona, Assunta, Chorus) 5:16       
  The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, or The 3 Sundays of a Poet          
      Introduction (Chorus) 1:06       
      Interlude 1 1:32       
      Madrigal 1 (Chorus) 1:51       
      Interlude 2 1:15       
      First Sunday: Madrigal 2 (Chorus) 2:11       
      First Sunday: Madrigal 3 (Chorus) 2:50       
      First Sunday: Madrigal 4 (Chorus) 3:14       
      First Sunday: Interlude 3 1:14       
      Second Sunday: Madrigal 5 (Chorus) 1:24       
      Second Sunday: Madrigal 6 (Chorus) 3:13       
      Second Sunday: Madrigal 7 (Chorus) 2:55       
      Second Sunday: Interlude 4 2:49       
      Third Sunday: Madrigal 8 (Chorus) 1:29       
      Third Sunday: Madrigal 9 (Chorus) 0:58       
      Third Sunday: Interlude 5 1:00       
      Third Sunday: Madrigal 10 (Chorus) 2:22       
      Third Sunday: Interlude 6 1:13       
      Third Sunday: Madrigal 11 (Chorus) 0:49       
      Third Sunday: The March to the Castle (Chorus) 2:10       
      Third Sunday: Madrigal 12 (Chorus) 4:40       
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