"Italian Radio Hits and Christmas," is the new compilation dedicated to the great Italian hits of the moment and Christmas songs performed by great artists of the national music scene. The double CD is signed by the label "Solomusicaitaliana" led by Stephen Constable and collects 30 tracks, for autumn and winter all to live and sing. In the tracklist, are for example "Burn for you" Elisa, "One of these days" Nek, "Libre" Alvaro Soler feat. Emma, "Everything here happens" Negramaro, but also "It's already Christmas" by Biagio Antonacci, "Christmas without" by Marco Mengoni, "Christmas Gifts" by Antonello Venditti and "The coming year will be" by Lucio.
Il Balletto di Bronzo formed in Naples in the late sixties with a line-up consisting of Lino Ajello (guitar), Giancarlo Stinga (drums), Marco Cecioni (guitar/vocals) and Michele Cupaiuolo (bass) using initially the name Battitori Selvaggi. Despite avoiding the fate of many other Italian progressive bands of releasing one album and splitting up (they managed two) they still suffered from a lack of interest, the reason cited by some that they were too advanced for the time, which ultimately led to a split in 1973…
Live performance by Rome Opera House Ballet on January 8th, 1982 with a cast headed by Rudolf Nureyev, Ghislaine Thesmar, Michael Denard, Lucia Colognato, and Alfredo Raierre. Choreography, sets and costumes by Pierre Lacotte. Conducted by Alberto Ventura. Bonuses: interviews with Mrs. Vittoria Ottolenghi (1984), Pierre Lacotte (2009).
In his opening remarks, Marco Blaauw admits that only latterly did he enjoy the extrovert tendencies of his instrument – and this recital “shows off” in exemplary fashion. Only Hanna Kulenty’s Brass No 1 is a truly abstract study: the first in a cycle of trumpet-centred pieces that puts the double-bell instrument as thoroughly and as scintillatingly through its paces as any music written from a non-jazz perspective.
This blu-ray release was originally broadcast live in HD from The Met on February 7, 2009. In addition to Netrebko’s spectacular performance, Mariusz Kwiecien’s Enrico delivers theatrical truth with a matchless baritone with the luster of polished mahogany. This Met performance of director Mary Zimmerman’s “imaginative staging…and nuanced portrayals” (Times) is a tour de force of music and theatricality. Having dazzled opera audiences from St. Petersburg to L.A. as Lucia, Anna Netrebko triumphantly returns to the Metropolitan Opera in this touchstone coloratura role!