Puccini’s music is almost entirely opera, so to find anything different is rare. Even rarer is to find two works that have no connection with opera. But here they are, and they are very special; they would need to be for Puccini to stray from his ‘raison d’être’, as he saw it.
Presenting: Crisantemi (an elegy originally for string orchestra), and Preghiera (a Requiem originally for voices, organ, and solo viola).
Deeply romantic, very slow, agonisingly beautiful harmonies, sensitive fragments of melody. And all the parts are evenly matched. 11 mins. E/M