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Chor und Orchester Berliner Operngruppe & Felix Krieger Pietro Mascagni: Iris OC 991 2 CD
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Format2 Audio CD
Ordering NumberOC 991
Release date19/03/2021
Players/ContributorsMusicians Composer
  • Mascagni, Pietro

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      Pietro Mascagni (1863 –1945)


      Iris Karine Babajanyan
      Osaka Samuele Simoncini
      Kyoto Ernesto Petti
      Der Blinde David Oštrek
      Eine Geisha Nina Clausen
      Ein Lumpensammler Andrès Moreno García

      Choir and Orchestra of the Berliner Operngruppe
      Felix Krieger

      “The impression made by the orchestra of the Berliner Operngruppe under Felix Krieger was overwhelming, who brilliantly conveyed Mascagni's multi-layered music with its shimmering strings, the impressionistic-melancholy mood and the luxuriant melody.”

      Bernd Hoppe in the Opera Lounge

      Pietro Mascagni (1863–1945) was one of those composers famous for a single work, the remainder of their oeuvre being practically unknown. His opera Iris is based on the libretto by Luigi Illica, who also wrote the libretti for Puccini operas such as La Bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly.
      It was Illica who gave birth to the idea of an opera about Japan. Exotic subjects, i.e. those set in distant lands, were in vogue throughout Europe, and the Far East in particular was very present at the time. It was Mascagni’s express wish to write ‘original’ music to this specific material, something hitherto unheard-of.
      This recording with the choir and orchestra of the Berliner Operngruppe under Felix Krieger is a live recording of the Berlin premiere of the original version from the Konzerthaus Berlin. The Berliner Operngruppe celebrated its 10th anniversary.

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