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Giovanni Paisiello: Fedra

By Anna Maria Dell'Oste

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By Anna Maria Dell'Oste, Artavazd Sargsyan, Caterina Poggini, Esther Andaloro, Giuseppe Lo Turco, Jerome Correas, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Catania, Piera Bivona, Raffaella Milanesi, Salvatore D'Agata, and Sonia Fortunato. By Giovanni Paisiello (1740-1816). Country of Origin: Austria. Classical. CD (2 discs). Published by Dynamic (NX.DYN-CDS7750).

Item Number: NX.DYN-CDS7750

In the bicentenary of Paisiello's death, Catania's Bellini Theatre staged Fedra, a world premiere performance in modern times of this opera by the composer from Taranto. It was a musical and cultural operation of great interest, which saw the revival - based on the original manuscript and on various transcriptions - of a rich, complex score, and attracted the attention of the Italian and international critics. The French conductor Jerome Correas, an authority in this repertoire, was on the podium. Fedra had only been performed once in the 20th century for a radio recording and had never been staged in our century before. That single radio recording, however valuable, is however incomplete and, unlike this edition, unfaithful, in many ways, to the original score.

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