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MENOTTI, G.: Consul (The) / Amelia al ballo (Engel, Sanzogno) (1950, 1954)

Composer(s):Menotti, Gian Carlo
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.112023-24
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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This 2-CD set is the first in a series devoted to Gian Carlo Menotti’s compositions on the occasion of his centenary in 2011. The recordings will include several which have never before appeared on CD, and some that have not been available in any form for nearly fifty years. Described by The New York Times critic Harold Taubman as possessing ‘the style and glitter of the operatic composers of his native land... but the essential vitality, ingenuity and laughter are the composer’s own’, Amelia al ballo (Amelia goes to the Ball) was an instant hit. This recording of Menotti’s first full-length opera, The Consul, was made with the original Broadway cast a month after the work’s Philadelphia première in



Review By Michel Parouty,Diapason,June 2011


Review By Robert Hugill,MusicWeb International,February 2011

The nearest antecedent to Menotti’s opera The Consul is Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Both are through-composed operatic works and both have strong influences from American popular music. Weill wrote Street Scene for Broadway and wholeheartedly embraced both popular music and the vulgarity of Broadway. Menotti didn’t and in later life seems to have been not a little embarrassed by his highly coloured opera. Where Weill channels the music of Broadway shows, Menotti channels the sound-tracks of Hollywood films. The sheer melodic fecundity, highly-coloured realism and a confident reliance on operatic ensembles mark the opera out from many operatic works from the 1950s.

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