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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Domingo, Rysanek, Stratas, di Bella, Varnay, Brendel. Nello Santi (live, 12/25/78)

Notes & Reviews:

ORFEO's live recording on CD documents opening night at the Munich National Theatre on Christmas Day 1978, with Mascagni's "Cavalleria rusticana" and Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci," which one again allows listeners to share in the excitement of the occasion. Leonie Rysanek and Placido Domingo truly shine on this recording.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
Domingo is magnificent as both Turiddu and [Canio]. Rysanek is a brooding, dark-toned Santuzza, but Stratas's Nedda too much the waif and stray.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2013
An exciting Cavalleria.This is surely Domingo's more convincing part of the two. Varnay's veteran Lucia is riveting...In Pag, Stratas, predictably, is sensational - she IS the drama. Domingo is never less than solidly there vocally but tends to over-sentimentalise.

International Record Review, November 2012
On the basis of this live recording, the evening clearly belonged to Domingo...As Turiddu his tone is consistently golden...Canio's big solos are beautifully sung...[Brendel] has precisely the warm tone, soaring top and effortless flow of legato that Silvio requires. Stratas's voice startles the ear with its pungency and immediacy in her role's initial phrases.


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