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Another conductor who pulls out all the stops is Riccardo Chailly, who offers a generously filled disc of opera overtures, preludes and intermezzi. As well as the usual excerpts from Norma, Pagliacci and La Gioconda there are some interesting rarities such as the Preludes to Acts I and III of Leoncavallo’s I Medici and the Prelude to Act II of Giordano’s Siberia, which is particularly torrid stuff. Chailly conducts the Filarmonica della Scala with his foot down on the pedal, and everyone involved certainly attacks the pieces with vigour. The recording is perhaps over-reverberant and at times almost overwhelming, but it’s a huge pleasure to hear such idiomatic playing.

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