AMILCARE PONCHIELLI (1834-1886): Il figliuol prodigo.
Catalogue Number: 02K062
Reference: GB 2435/36
Description: Ponchielli was also working on La Gioconda while he was finishing this version of the famous Biblical tale in 1880. Austere music represents the scenes in Israel while colorful exoticism is drafted for the Assyrian ones. Although the opera was a success, some viewers were apparently unhappy that it wasn't as exotic-sounding as the recent Aïda! 2 CDs. Italian-English libretto. Maurizio Zanchetti (baritone), Renato Zuin (tenor), Maria Clinker (soprano), Caterina Novak (mezzo), Ponchielli-Vertova Choir of Cremona, Ukraine Philharmonic Orchestra of Donetsk; Silvano Frontalini.