LUIGI DALLAPICCOLA (1904–1975)
IL PRIGIONIERO (THE PRISONER)
PROLOGUE AND OPERA IN ITALIAN
Aile Asszonyi – The Mother
Markus Butter – The Prisoner
Manuel von Senden – Dungeon Master / Grand Inquisitor
Roman Pichler – First Priest
David McShane – Second Priest
Choir of the Graz Opera
Graz Philharmonic Orchestra
Dirk Kaftan, conductor
Dallapiccola‘s timbres lead us through the
darknesses of the human soul, allowing us
to hope together with the prisoner, for we
hear with him the saving word „fratello“ (brother).
At the moment of the greatest fulfilment of hope,
he is seized by the arms of the Grand Inquisitor
and must acknowledge that hope was the worst
torture of all.
The performance series in Graz in March 2017,
from which the present recording is taken, was
praised in the highest terms by the musical press.
Libretto in Italian and German in the booklet.