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Posted by Martin Walker on January 16, 2017, 11:10 amEdited by board administrator January 17, 2017, 12:01 pm
It is perhaps slightly unfortunate that Robert J. Farr insists: "As it is, only LíAmico Fritz (1891), of which there is a recording featuring Pavarotti and Mirella Freni (EMI), Isabeau (1910) and Lodoletta (1917) are performed very occasionally", since there were two notable productions of Mascagni's Iris in 2016, one in New York (Bard College) and one at Holland Park - even more unfortunate since the latter's website remarks that "Iris was such a huge success in 1997 that we revived it immediately in 1998, something we have never done since"...Alex Ross in the New Yorker, by the way, said "it overflows with inspiration and may stand as Mascagniís most formidable achievement." It was at least a decade ago that I acquired a live recording with Magda Olivero and my attitude to Mascagni was transformed. The opening alone ranks with the prelude to Das Rheingold among the greatest of all operatic beginnings.
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