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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Karajan, Cossotto, Et Al

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457764   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Fiorenza CossottoAdriane MartinoCarlo BergonziGiangiacomo Guelfi,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"If this were your only Cav, you wouldn’t miss any other."

Herbert von Karajan conducted Mascagni as if he were as great as Mozart or Verdi, and he almost convinces us. His approach is typical of his 1960s outlook–grandly symphonic with slowish tempos (the only slower version is the one led by Mascagni himself, I believe) and a great sense of architecture. The central Santuzza-Turiddu duet is epic in its cruelty and inevitability. Fiorenza Cossotto is a huge-voiced Santuzza, singing with less subtlety than conviction and fire; the same can be said about Giangiacomo Guelfi’s gargantuan Alfio. Carlo Bergonzi has the fire power to keep up, but he’s a greater artist than either of his partners, and he colors his
Read more phrases and obeys dynamic markings handsomely while still making us feel for Turiddu’s caddishness. Orchestral playing is ravishing and the sound has always been Deutsche Grammophon’s best. If this were your only Cav, you wouldn’t miss any other. I prefer James Levine’s more energetic approach on RCA, however, with Renata Scotto’s dynamite, multi-faceted Santuzza. - Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com, [3/11/2000] Read less

Works on This Recording

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Adriane Martino (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor),
Giangiacomo Guelfi (Baritone), Maria Grazia Allegri (Alto)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1965 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 80 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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