The concert works of film composer Nino Rota, best known for his scores for the Godfather trilogy and for a long series of films by Federico Fellini, have increasingly often been finding space in classical recording catalogs. Here's a nicely recorded rendering of Rota's two numbered symphonies, virtually unknown until perhaps the turn of the century, issued on a major British label, Chandos. Both are attractive pieces that could be profitably programmed by any symphony orchestra. They were composed in the 1930s, when Rota was as much American as Italian; he won a scholarship to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and studied there for several years. Both reflect the French neo-classic trends that flourished in the U.S. between the wars, and, although Rota sounds nothing like Copland, you do experience in these works an evocation of what annotator Michele Rene Mannucci aptly calls "landscape in sound." Each work is in the conventional four movements, with a slow movement placed second in the Symphony No. 1 in G major and third in the Symphony No. 2 in F major.
“It’s been a bit of a strange evening” says Adrian Belew near the end of the show. What can he mean? Well, there are moments when things get shaky (Ade has a rather squelchy brown moment during Dinosaur) and there’s a slightly distracted quality to Crimson’s overall performance here, particularly through EleKtric. Yet a minute later The Power To Believe II sees them embarking on a sublime voyage that goes to bliss and back in a little over seven minutes; Fripp launches a solo that takes him clean out of city and off into inner space.
New version of the Paco de Lucía Integral, 27 CDs his complete work remastered. "Cositas Buenas", his last album, comes as a new in this new Integral. Now in a new economic format. This collection is a unique tour of the work of Paco de Lucia from 1964 to 2004. For a Flamenco artist, the opportunity to play in the Royal Theatre (Teatro Real) in Madrid, that temple of classical music, represents an important goal in an artistic career. Paco de Lucía achieved this and more by marking the first of these dates with the recording of his first live album. The album shows off a range of Flamenco styles, with his older brother Ramón de Algeciras on second guitar. As each song selected for the occasion is in a different style, together they are like a summary of his creative trajectory up to this point.
Non fatevi ingannare dal titolo. In questo libro non si parla né di astrologia né di Nostradamus. Sono solo pretesti per raccontare qualche episodio improbabile del nostro futuro prossimo con uno stile tra il satirico e il grottesco. …
Gaetano Donizetti opera's La Favorita originally had a French libretto and the title La Favorite. One of Donizetti’s finest music dramas, it was written at his peak as an orchestrator. The Italian, and better-known version, evolved two years after the French premiere and has become the more-performed version, exemplified by this famous 1974 recording starring Luciano Pavarotti, Fiorenza Cossotto, Gabriel Bacquier and Nicolai Ghiaurov. Pavarotti's voice has been called "youthful and fresh" on this album. Pavarotti's frequent collaborator Richard Bonynge conducts the Orchestra of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.
La letteratura drammatica giapponese occupa un posto importante nella storia del teatro universale. Dall'aristocratico teatro del No al teatro di marionette, dal popolare Kabuki su su fino alle nuove forme drammatiche contemporanee.
Per quasi duecento anni un'esperienza multiforme, ambigua, dalle radici lontane, ma saldamente ancorata al presente coinvolge l'intera Atene, e con Atene la Grecia tutta: con grande compattezza civica, destinata ad affievolirsi solo sullo scorcio del IV secolo, la città si raduna ad assistere agli spettacoli teatrali. Poeti, attori, coreghi, magistrati si preparano per un anno a vivere quei pochi giorni destinati agli agoni, in cui sfilano a gara tragedie, commedie, drammi satireschi. …