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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Corelli

Release Date: 11/08/1991 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 63967   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Pietro MascagniRuggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Victoria de los AngelesFranco CorelliMario SereniCorinna Vozza,   ... 
Conductor:  Gabriele SantiniLovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House ChorusMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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[W]hen we come to the inseparable Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci Corelli is on his home ground. Viva il vino is a show piece but Mamma quell vino e generoso is one of the most emotionally charged arias in the opera literature. Here it begins off-stage before he comes into full focus. There is a great risk that the tenor becomes too lachrymose but Corelli largely avoids this and turns in a reading to set beside Björling or Bergonzi - and more heroic than either.

Pagliacci was his first complete opera for EMI, set down a month and a half before the more famous Norma... Un tal gioco
Read more is sung with melting tone, almost on a par with Bergonzi’s early Cetra recording. Vesti la giubba is again comparable to Bergonzi’s, though a size larger. Tears at the end can’t be avoided but up till then it is almost classically stylish. No, Pagliaccio non son finally, and to the bitter end, is impossible to play ‘straight, which would be in opposition to the whole idea with verismo. But even here Corelli keeps a certain mental distance but he has all the power in the world for the climaxes. With Met stalwart Lucine Amara a strong Nedda this is one of the most bloodcurdling recordings of this finale.

– Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International, reviewing excerpts of this recording reissued as part of EMI 64887 Read less

Works on This Recording

Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Mario Sereni (Baritone),
Corinna Vozza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Language: Italian 
I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Franco Piva (Tenor), Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor), Mario Spina (Tenor),
Mario Zanasi (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Lucine Amara (Soprano),
Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Lovro von Matacic
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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 Nostalgic about this! March 31, 2015 By gwen t. (Culver City, CA) See All My Reviews "Franco Corelli was the first tenor that I heard live with my grandfather, and it was these two operas! They are very well-suited for Corelli's voice and style. A plus is Victoria de los Angeles in Cavalleria!" Report Abuse
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