LUIGI NONO (1924-1990): Intolleranza 1960.
Catalogue Number: 12M069
Reference: 2564 68021-6
Description: 'Intolerance 1960' was Nono's first work for the operatic stage. It consists of a series of scenes depicting a migrant worker's experience of various forms of intolerance, beginning with the exploitation of the working classes and intensifying toward torture and internment in a concentration camp. The composer's text was assembled from the writings of historical figures and poets on the theme of protest against intolerance and oppression and the violation of human dignity. The music is powerful and stridently expressionistic, jagged and dissonant, though it sounds a good deal less radical now than it presumably did when first performed to the accompaniment of politically motivated riots. This, the only available recording, presents the work in German and with a taped sound-collage episode cut, and is a powerful testament to the composer's unique blend of anti-capitalist politics and advanced modernism in music. No libretto. David Rampy (tenor), Urszula Koszut, Kathryn Harries (sopranos), Wolfgang Probst (bass-baritone), Stuttgart State Opera Choir, Stuttgart State Orchestra; Bernhard Kontarsky. Original 1995 Teldec release.