Saturday, 10 September 2016

From the sublime to the ridiculous

Actually, I intend moving the other way - from the ridiculous to the sublime. Yesterday's Fan-dance Fanny qualifies as the ridiculous, while for the sublime I give you the achingly beautiful intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana. Mascagni, as you might have guessed, was Italian and lived from 1863 to 1945. Although he composed several operas, very few people have heard of any other than Cav. But I can think of worse epitaphs than to be remembered as the composer of this piece, played here by the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lim Kek-tjiang.

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