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Saint of Bleecker Street


Saint of Bleecker Street by Chandos at My Promo Pool. Hurry! Limited time offer. Offer valid only while supplies last. Superficially, the overt theatricality of showpiece arias, ensembles, and choral sections in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street could easily be construed as ersatz Puccini but with an updated harmonic language. Immerse yourself in the work from beginning to end, however, and you'll come away with a grand opera experience that's got everything: a compelling story line, three-dimensional characters from ordinary life, richly idiomatic vocal writing, perfect pacing, and sumptuous


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Superficially, the overt theatricality of showpiece arias, ensembles, and choral sections in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Saint of Bleecker Street could easily be construed as ersatz Puccini but with an updated harmonic language. Immerse yourself in the work from beginning to end, however, and you'll come away with a grand opera experience that's got everything: a compelling story line, three-dimensional characters from ordinary life, richly idiomatic vocal writing, perfect pacing, and sumptuous but never cloying orchestrations. A contemporary CD edition of this masterpiece has long been overdue, and Chandos's engineers reproduce the vibrancy and spirit of the 2001 Spoleto Festival production in a recording that captures a palpable synergy between pit and stage. The cast is first rate. Julia Melinek shines in the title role, heroically rising to the big Act One aria's formidable demands (notwithstanding wobbly, sustained high notes). As her brother Michele, Timothy Richards's colorful tenor voice takes the role's rangy compass in stride, and resists showboating in his harrowing, confessional Act Two aria so that we can hear Menotti's words. Playing Don Marco, John Marcus Bindel's sonorous bass-baritone rivets one's attention, as does the characterful Carmela of soprano Sandra Seltzer. The Spoleto Festival Orchestra give their all for conductor Richard Hickox, and the extensive, complex choral writing has obviously been prepared with a fine-tooth comb. No fan of American opera should miss this important release. --Jed Distler

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Manufacturer:Chandos
Publisher:Chandos
Studio:Chandos
UPC:095115997123
EAN:0095115997123
Item Weight:0.74 pounds
Item Size:5.75 x 1.25 x 1.25 inches
Package Weight:0.71 pounds
Package Size:5.04 x 1.26 x 1.26 inches

Saint of Bleecker Street by Chandos

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