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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci; Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana
     

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci; Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

by Franco Corelli
 
Sony Classical's series of Metropolitan Opera reissues, newly remastered from live broadcasts with the cooperation of the Met itself, has met with well-deserved commercial success. From a wealth of material available in the archives of the Met's weekly Saturday broadcasts the compilers have picked shows that represent the wealth of talent present in the U.S. in the

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Sony Classical's series of Metropolitan Opera reissues, newly remastered from live broadcasts with the cooperation of the Met itself, has met with well-deserved commercial success. From a wealth of material available in the archives of the Met's weekly Saturday broadcasts the compilers have picked shows that represent the wealth of talent present in the U.S. in the middle of the last century. This double bill of short operas contains prime performances by three of the greats. Though Eileen Farrell was in the top ranks of American sopranos for several decades, her career with the Metropolitan Opera lasted just five years. This performance of Mascagni's "Cavalleria rusticana" was her last Met broadcast, and her performance as Santuzza has both passion and vocal thrills. The highlights, perhaps, are her duets with the equally mighty Richard Tucker. Tenor Franco Corelli is the star in "Pagliacci," and he inspires sheer Caruso-like awe in the iconic "Vesti la giubba." The sound, boxy but crystal clear, will be familiar to anyone who heard the Met on AM radio during that era; it's not perfect, but it was very good for its time, and it's faithfully rendered. A good choice for an album from Sony's series, or indeed for a basic historical opera shelf.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/17/2012
Label:
Sony Classics
UPC:
0886919099928
catalogNumber:
190999
Rank:
186108

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