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Operatic Interludes

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In past posts - here and elsewhere - we've looked at overtures and choruses from many stage works, and today's playlist comes at stage works from a not too dissimilar angle, focusing this time on interludes - intermezzi, entr'actes and other tension breaking (or tension making) musical inserts within operas.

In many cases, these are curtain risers in their own way - though mid-stream, to reset the stage as the action resumes after an intermission. However (like in the case of Massenet's moving Meditation), these works pop up in the middle of the action.

Just to be a tad contrarian, I inserted what a YouTube post called an "intermezzo" to Mozart's great opera seria Idomeneo, assorted with soloists and chorus, so not really a gap in the action... Also, in addition to some oft-heard interludes, I inserted a couple of discoveries I made while assembling this playlisr. I hope you'll find those enjoyable - in fact, I often wonder why some of these are overlooked simply because the opera isn't part of the standard repertoire.

Happy listening!


Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883)
Prelude to Act III of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, WWV 96
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini, conducting

Giacomo PUCCINI (1858-1924)
Intermezzo (Act III) of Manon Lescaut (1893)
Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest
Antonio Pappano, conducting

Georges BIZET (1838-1875)
Entr'acte (Act III) from Carmen (1873-74)
Emmanuel Pahud, flute-
Berliner Philharmoniker, Gustavo Dudamel

Enrique GRANADOS (1867-1916)
Intermezzo from the opera Goyescas, H. 65
Dariusz Skoraczewski - cello
Inna Faliks - piano

Umberto GIORDANO (1867-1948)
Intermezzo from Fedora (1898)

Franz SCHMIDT (1874-1939)
Intermezzo from Notre Dame (1904)
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Dr. Ľudovít Rajter - conductor

Eugen D`ALBERT (1864-1932)
Intermezzo from Tiefland, op. 34

Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
Prelude to Act III from La Traviata (1853)
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini, conductor

Domenico ALALEONA (1881 –1928)
Intermezzo from Mirra (1912-13)
Fausto Bongelli, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Intermezzo from Idomeneo, rè di Creta, K. 366
Coro da Camera e Soli, Reale Corte Armonica - Asolo
Orchestra da Camera Lorenzo da Ponte
Roberto Zarpellonm conducting

Jules MASSENET (1842-1912)
"Meditation" from Thais (1892)
Sarah Chang, violin
Uncredited orchestra
Placido Domingo conducting

Pietro MASCAGNI (1863-1945)
Intermezzo Sinfonico from Cavalleria Rusticana (1890)
Wiener Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conducting

Richard WAGNER (1813 - 1883)
Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin, WWV 75
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Arturo Toscanini, conducting

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