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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Elena Nicolai has one of those beefy, beautiful Italian mezzo-sorano voices ... it is a magnificent sounding organ, vibrant, passionate, beautifully placed. [... ] Signor Del Monaco is well cast as Turridu: his magnificent power and rather bullying way with a phrase conjure up well the Don Juan of this Sicilian village.

Gramophone Magazine
A recording of Pagliacci stands or falls by its Canio, and Mario del Monaco has a role which fits him like a glove. [... ] Clara Petrella has a warm voice, and sings the part of Nedda with great dramatic conviction [... ] Afro Poli is really excellent as Tonio [... ] [the performance of the chorus and orchestra] under the baton of Alberto Erede is superb. In fact I have never heard finer choral or orchestral recording than we are given on these discs. [... ] Probably more important than anything, there is a feeling of cohesion about the whole production, and the discs really do create in most vivid fashion, the atmosphere of an actual performance.


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