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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Cellini, Milanov, Bjorling, Merrill

Mascagni / Milanov / Rca Victor Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 09/11/2015 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 88875054492  
Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Zinka MilanovJussi BjörlingRobert MerrillMargaret Roggero,   ... 
Conductor:  Renato Cellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraRobert Shaw Chorale
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
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Works on This Recording

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Zinka Milanov (Soprano), Jussi Björling (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Margaret Roggero (Mezzo Soprano), Carol Smith (Alto)
Conductor:  Renato Cellini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Chorale
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1953 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 71 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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