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This is famous 1953 RCA recording of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, starring three of the greatest singers of the day: Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill.
The recording features Renato Cellini conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra with the Robert Shaw Chorale, and features singers Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill.
Who today, or in any day, fills Mascagni’s grateful phrases with quite such full, lustrous tone and with such a wealth of feeling for the text as Milanov? This is verismo singing on the grandest, most authentic scale … Like his soprano, Björling’s singing is an exemplar of the spinto style at its best. As Alfio, Merrill turns in one of his most
considerable performances on disc.
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Works on This Recording
Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Zinka Milanov (Soprano),
Jussi Björling (Tenor),
Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Margaret Roggero (Mezzo Soprano),
Carol Smith (Alto)
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,
Robert Shaw Chorale
Written: 1890; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/1953
Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City
Length: 71 Minutes 8 Secs.
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