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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Pietro Mascagni, Renato Cellini, RCA Victor Orchestra
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
Genre: Classical
 
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Jussi Bjoerling is the one who makes the magic happen in this Cavalleria Rusticana with a finely worked-out profile of Turiddu, as well as some matchless singing. Zinka Milanov also sings beautifully, but she will never...  more »

      
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All Artists: Pietro Mascagni, Renato Cellini, RCA Victor Orchestra, Robert Shaw Chorale, Robert Merrill, Margaret Roggero, Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling
Title: Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
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Label: RCA
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 078635651027

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Jussi Bjoerling is the one who makes the magic happen in this Cavalleria Rusticana with a finely worked-out profile of Turiddu, as well as some matchless singing. Zinka Milanov also sings beautifully, but she will never convince anyone that she is a simple Sicilian peasant girl who has been seduced with a false promise of marriage, impregnated, and disdainfully abandoned by a tenor who hardly even bothers pretending to be nice. The rest of the cast comes across well--notably Robert Merrill--and Renato Cellini does a polished (too polished?) job on the podium. Herbert von Karajan's chief advantage in competition with this set is that his sound is technically much better. Cellini's big advantage (other than Bjoerling) is that you don't have to buy I Pagliacci to get Cavalleria Rusticana. --Joe McLellan

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ULTRA DRAMATIC
MOVIE MAVEN | New York, NY USA | 02/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Cavalleria" has always been one of my favorite operas and this is a dream recording, mainly because of its star tenor, Jussi Bjoerling. He is simply one of the greatest singers of the century and 'Turiddu' is a perfect role for him: passionate and masculine, filled with gorgeous melodies. Zinka Milanov's voice is not to my taste (I'd much prefer hearing a more youthful, more purely beautiful tone), but she certainly throws herself into the role of 'Santuzza.' The American baritone, Robert Merrill, was at his peak for this 1953 recording. His 'Alfio' is very, very fine. This is the ultra-melodramatic opera which Francis Ford Coppola used in "Godfather 3" with the actor who played Pacino's "son" performing the role of 'Turiddu.' Crammed into its one act of less than 75 minutes are all the plot devices of good heart-thumping operatic tragedy: betrayal, lust, sex, murder and, naturally, magnificent music."
Refined cavalleria
Michel | Montreal, Quebec | 06/24/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a rather refined reading of Cavalleria rusticana downplaying the vulgarity of the piece and focusing more on its pastoral setting which is not a bad thing. It is nice to hear this opera being sung not shouted, and gloriously sung it is. Bjorling is in radiant voice, breezing his way through the sicilienne. Milanov is dignified in her sorrow and sings beautifully, her famous pianossimo exquisitely controlled. Merrill's golden tones and firm singing are a delight. Chorus and orchestra are good and Cellini's conducting elegant. The recording is surprisingly clear and atmospheric for its age 1953. A fine set with a mellower approach than usual and a lovely memento of three superb singers."
A very interesting record.
Santiago Barcon | Mexico city | 11/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Cavalleria Rusticana is a very good one to have.Although a 1953 recording it is very clear and the lead singers, Mr. Bjoerling and Mrs. Milanov do a fantastic job. The orchestra is acceptable, and the conducting is conservative.The Mamma, mamma! (Track 21) aria is the best I've heard. Price is very good for the quality.Warmly recommended."