OP3372. LUCREZIA (Respighi), Recorded 1994, Bratislava, w.Adriano Cond.Slovak Radio Ensemble; Stefania Kaluza, Michela Remor, Igor Pasek, etc. (Germany) Marco Polo 8.223717, w.39pp. Libretto-Brochure. Final Copy! - 730099371728
"If you do not already have a recording and fancy the idea of an imaginary visit to the theatre then this is adequate. But if you want an interpretation that realises every detail of Respighi’s imaginative score, then search out this recording on Marco Polo, Opera Classics, 8.223717"
- Sybil Pentith, MusicWebInternational
“LUCREZIA is an opera in one act and three tableaux by Ottorino Respighi to a libretto by Claudio Guastalla, after Livy and William Shakespeare's THE RAPE OF LUCRECE. Respighi died before finishing the work, which was therefore completed by the wife of the composer, Elsa Respighi, and by one of his pupils, Ennio Porrino. Lucrezia premiered on 24 February 1937 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, in a production directed by Mario Frigerio with sets designed by Pietro Aschieri. The première had a good reception. LUCREZIA was much appreciated by the famous Italian musicologist Andrea Della Corte, who considered this opera as one of the best stage works of Respighi, thanks to the accomplished balance of expressivity and musical skill. One of the distinctive features of LUCREZIA is the presence of the Voice, a character that sings from within the orchestra and describes what is happening on the stage and the emotions of the other characters.”
- Hans Lick