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StartseiteHome Fuoco di gioia! – Famous Opera Choruses

Fuoco di gioia! - Famous Opera Choruses

Fuoco di gioia! - Famous Opera Choruses

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“Fuoco di gioia” – at the beginning of Verdi’s “Otello”, the compatriots of the victorious protagonist cheer his triumphant return to his home port with a vocal “fire of joy”. The opera quote is also the title of this new CD recently recorded by the Bavarian Radio Chorus, together with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under its chief conductor Ivan Repušić. The opera chorus from “Otello” begins this selection of famous choruses and instrumental pieces from stage works of Italian belcanto (Verdi), Italian verismo (Leoncavallo, Puccini, Mascagni), Russian opera (Borodin, Glinka, Tchaikovsky), and the romantic operas of Richard Wagner. These very recent recordings from January, February and July 2019 contain well-known and enjoyable melodies that are perfect for singing along to (secretly or otherwise)!

Choruses from stage works have always been a popular component of the repertoire of choirs and choral societies large and small, and most of them function perfectly well when detached from the context of their respective operas; indeed, several reach audiences that may have some reservations about going to see operas in their entirety. The choruses are usually less elaborate than virtuoso arias and scenes, and often feature catchy melodies that can be instantly appreciated and remembered.

In the past, some opera choruses even helped to write political history, one being the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Verdi’s “Nabucco”. It went on to become the hymn of the Risorgimento – the Italian national unification movement at the end of the 19th century.This new CD from BR-KLASSIK, with its famous choruses and instrumental numbers from Italian, German and Russian operas, is a musical firework display.

Content of the CD

GIUSEPPE VERDI
01 „Fuoco di gioia“
Feuerchor  from  Otello
02 Ballabili from Otello
Allegro vivace – Canzone araba – Invocazione di Allah –
Canzone greca – Danza – La Muranese –
Canto guerriero
03 „Patria oppressa!“
Choir of the Scottish refugees from Macbeth
04 „Va, pensiero, sull’ali dorate“
Choir of the captured Hebrews from Nabucco

RUGGERO LEONCAVALLO
05 „Andiam! Andiam! Don, din, don, suona vespero“
Glockenchor,  from Pagliacci

GIACOMO PUCCINI
06 „Perché tarda la luna?“
Mondchor t from Turandot
07 Coro a bocca chiusa
Summchor from Madama Butterfly

PIETRO MASCAGNI 

08 „Ah! Gli aranci olezzano“
Prelude and Choir of the countrymen from Cavalleria rusticana

MICHAIL GLINKA
09 Overture from Ruslan and Ludmilla

PETER I. TSCHAIKOWSKY
10 „Dyevitsi, krasavtsi, Dushenki, podruzhenki!“
„Mädchen, schöne Mädchen“ / „Pretty Maidens“
Choir of the girls from Eugen Onegin

ALEXANDER BORODIN 
11 „Polowetzer Tänze“ / „Polovetsian Dances“
Introduzione. Andantino – Allegro vivo –
Allegro − Presto from Fürst Igor

RICHARD WAGNER
12 Vorspiel zum 3. Akt – „Treulich geführt ziehet dahin“
Brautchor from Lohengrin
13 „Steuermann, lass die Wacht“
Choir of the Norwegian sailors from Der fliegende Holländer
14 „Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat, ich schau’n“ –
Heil! Heil! Der Gnade Wunder, Heil!“
Choir of the pilgrims and Finale from Tannhäuser

Performers

Bavarian Radio Chorus
Yuval Weinberg, director

Munich Radio Orchestra
Ivan Repušić, conductor

October 2019
1 CD, BR-KLASSIK 900329
Total Time: 80’00 min

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