PIETRO MASCAGNI (1863-1945): Iris.
Catalogue Number: 04W036
Label: Oehms Classics
Reference: OC 991
Description: Set in Japan to a libretto by Luigi Illica (Madama Butterfly), this 1898 melodrama is notable both for its static quality and for its colorful character scenes and Mascagni uses the shamisen and some Japanese percussion to give the music an exotic color. 2 CDs. No libretto info available. Karine Babajanyan (soprano), Samuele Simoncini (tenor), Ernesto Petti (baritone), Chorus and Orchestra of the Berliner Operagruppe; Felix Krieger.