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Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci / Karajan, Bergonzi, Carlyle, et al

Album Summary

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Conviction and insight instil this Pagliacci with excitement and real drama. A troupe of actors arrives to give a performance of a commediadell'arte play. The illustration of real love, life and hatred is portrayed in the interplay of Tonio, Silvio, Nedda and her husband Canio. As the two rivals, Caro Bergonzi and Giuseppe Taddei are superb.

Taddei's sinister, hunch-backed clown, gently forcing the play-within-the-play closer to reality until it finally bursts out violently is a masterly assumption, and Karajan controls the slow build-up of tension with a grasp that few conductors could equal. The forces of La Scala, Milan respond wholeheartedly and the 1965 recording sounds well.


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Works Details

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
  • Performers: Ugo Benelli (Tenor); Carlo Bergonzi (Voice); Joan Carlyle (Soprano); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Rolando Panerai (Baritone); Giuseppe Taddei (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Running Time: 45 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892