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Il Convitato Di Pietra


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Giovanni Pacini' opera Il convitato di pietra , written for private performance in 1832 by the composer' family, is based on the same tale used by Mozart for Don Giovanni but without the character Donna Elvira. While Pacini' version is scored for chamber

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Couldn't Disagree More Feb. 24 2011
By James S. Eisenberg - Published on Amazon.com
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I couldn't disagree more with the other reviewer. This little charmer of a Don Giovanni opera is well worth reviving, and would be a real find for small opera companies looking for something unusual to program. True it may be that Pacini's early operas were "slap dash", but even his weakest music has a certain flow about it, something innately musical. Pacini was a natural !
Although technically weaker than his friendly rival Mercadante, there is an ongoing musicality about his work that is pretty irresistible.
The singing is on the positive side of competent, and the orchestral playing is first rate under Daniele Ferrari.
The sound is a little hard edged and not really flattering to the voices. (I had heard a knockoff of the same performance a few years ago which is softer and treats the voices better.)
8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Why this opera? Feb. 11 2011
By Kenneth Gilman - Published on Amazon.com
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Through the 1820's & 1830's Pacini was a successful if somewhat slap-dash opera composer. Having never reached the artistic or critical level of Donizetti or Rossini he did OK until a notable & devestating flop in 1835. He then withdrew from composing to study & rethink his art. This was the dividing line between his pre & post reform periods. As I have written elsewhere his post reform operas (judging by the three that have been recorded, Sapho, Medea & Mary Queen of England) are pretty close to as good as mid 19th century Italian operas get. Certainly better that alot of early Verdi & as good or better than much of Donizetti or Rossini. This recording is of not only a pre reform opera but an opera Pacini tossed off as something for his family to perform in private as an amusement, never meant for public preformance. It shows. It's more or less pleasant, but totally forgetable. My question is "Why record this?". If the post reform operas are so much better, why not record one of them? Why spend all the time & money recording this? Imagine that none of Verdi's operas had been recorded. Along comes Naxos, they review all Verdi's operas & decide not to record Aida or Traviata for the first time, but instead record Attila or I due foscari. Naxos, what were you thinking? I'm 64 and I'd like to live long enough to hear a few more of what I'm sure a great post reform Pacini operas. Please, stop wasting my & your time & money & record something that deserves to be recorded.

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