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Opera In English - Cav & Pag / Parry, O'neill, Et Al


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 3005   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Pietro MascagniRuggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Nelly MiricioiuPhillip JollDennis O'NeillDiana Montague,   ... 
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Few operas premiered with the success of either 'Cavalleria Rusticana' or 'I Pagliacci,' and though the latter has been consistently admired, the former is experiencing a resurgence in prominence. Separated by just two years, the two are associated by their verismo style and the overwhelming popularity of the music.
The story revolving around the staging of a play within the opera, 'I Pagliacci' is as brilliant a drama as it is an opera. The tragic tale is as crowd-pleasing as its music, and the jealousy of a cheated lover is a timeless theme.
The lesser known 'Cavalleria Rusticana' is actually the earlier composition, sharing both theme and style. Though its arias are not as familiar, its music was popular beyond all critical
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Performances in English may lack the lyricism of the Italian original, but it certainly makes the story lines more accessible. Tenor Dennis O'Neill leads two ensemble casts and conductor David Parry ably illustrates the great similarities and distinctions between the two operas. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Nelly Miricioiu (Soprano), Phillip Joll (Baritone), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor),
Diana Montague (Mezzo Soprano), Elisabeth Bainbridge (Alto)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Cavalleria Rusticana (Country Manners)
Libretto by G. Targioni and G. Menasci
English translation by Edmund Tracey 
2.
I Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Paul Parfitt (Bass Baritone), Peter Hall (Tenor), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor),
Rosa Mannion (Soprano), William Dazeley (Baritone), Peter Bronder (Tenor),
Alan Opie (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Parry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1997 
Venue:  Blackheath Halls, England 
Length: 79 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: I Pagliacci (The Touring Company)
Libretto by Leoncavallo
English translation by Edmund Tracey with David Parry 

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