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Casella: La donna serpente

By Anna Maria Chiuri

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By Anna Maria Chiuri, Ariella Beddini, Arturo Cirillo, Carmela Remigio, Erika Grimaldi, Francesca Sassu, Francesco Marsiglia, Gianandrea Noseda, Marco Filippo Romano, Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, Piero Pretti, and Roberto de Candia. By Alfredo Casella (1883-1947). DVD/Blu-Ray. Listening CD. Naxos #NBD0096V. Published by Naxos (NX.NBD0096V).

Item Number: NX.NBD0096V

Alfredo Casella was one of the 'Generation of the eighties' who sought to shake Italian music from its longstanding operatic heritage and the dominance of Puccini. La donna serpente was Casella's only full-scale opera, its fantastic plot based on Carlo Gozzi's renowned fairy tale that perpetually alternates between tragedy and comedy, expressed in neo-Classical music that skillfully portrays the sinister and ethereal world of the fairies as well as the intense emotions of the human realm. This production was acclaimed for Arturo Cirillo's dreamlike setting and Gianandrea Noseda's pin-point conducting: 'What energy, what precision! ... he delivers the complexity of this score with a disconcerting ease.' (

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