MARCO TUTINO (b.1954): Le Braci.
Catalogue Number: 06R071
Reference: CDS 7736/-12
Description: This is very much traditional grand opera, mainly in the nineteenth-century Italian tradition of Puccini and Verdi, though the influence of Richard Strauss and Wagner are also plainly evident, with occasional concessions to more modern idioms. The plot is simply summarized, though it also serves to illustrate a particularly change-filled period of history, from the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire to the eve of the Second World War. Two old friends reunite after forty-one years, and the opera tells through their dialogue and non-sequential flashback of the woman they both loved, the bond she shared through music to the one she did not marry, and the event that led to the two men parting company and deserting or abandoning the Europe of their youth. This emotionally charged scenario is treated in rich, neo-romantic music of great drama, depth of expression, harmonic and textural sophistication, and great melodic writing for the voices. 2 CDs. Libretto and translation available on-line. Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass), Alfonso Antoniozzi, Pavol Kuban (baritones), Davide Giusti (tenor), Angela Nisi (soprano), Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia; Francesco Cilluffo.