Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2-CD) – Melody Moore, Lester Lynch

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Puccini: La Fanciulla del West (2-CD) – Melody Moore, Lester Lynch

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Artists: Melody Moore, Lester Lynch, Marius Vlad, Amitai Pati, Martin-Jan Nijhof, Kevin Short, Translvania State Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Pentatone
CD Release Date: December 23, 2020

Lawrence Foster conducts Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (1910), together with the Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and a cast of seasoned Puccini singers, including Melody Moore (Minnie), Marius Vlad (Dick Johnson) and Lester Lynch (Jack Rance). Puccini’s “spaghetti western” is not only an exploration of the New World, with the delightfully charismatic saloon owner Minnie running the show, but equally of new music. It is a pioneering work full of harmonic innovation and state-of-the-art orchestration effects. The depth of the orchestration, as well as of the various ensemble scenes that are characteristic of the opera, fully comes to life in this studio recording.



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History

La Fanciulla del West

Giacomo Puccini’s “American” opera, La Fanciulla del West, made its glamorous and much-publicized world premier in 1910 at the Met with the composer seated in the audience.

This romantic epic of the Wild West takes place in the mountains of California during the Gold Rush between 1849-1850 in a fictional setting, which features a combination of mythic and gritty realistic elements.

Most of the action in this three-act opera centers around the Polka Saloon where miners gather to drink, sing and play cards. It is there that Sherriff Jack Rance confesses his love to the gun-slinging heroine, Minnie— “Minnie, della mia casa” —but she spurns him, determined to win the man she loves, Dick Johnson. She does, but learns later he is the outlaw bandit being hunted. In the end, thanks to the mercy given by the miners, the couple rides away to start a new life together.

La Fanciulla del West was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.

 

 

 

 

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