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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana; Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Zurich, Ranzani [DVD]

Album Summary

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Pietro Mascagni's "Cavalleria rusticana" and Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci" speak to one's heart and soul. They are regarded as the most absorbing tragedies of Italian music theater. Adultery, jealousy and betrayal are leading to passionate conflicts that jointly connect both operas. The impressively embellished stage waives exaggerated decoration to underline the unflattering realistic brutality. Both operas are supported by a musical variety of great arias, short duets and amazing choir passages that add to the unveiled expression of feelings. As a special guest the Argentinian Tenor Jose Cura stands out with his fascinating singing and acting performance.

"...the star here is undoubtedly José Cura who offers himself up for a taxing central assignment in both operas. He plays a stern and nicely concentrated Turiddu in Mascagni's Sicilian tragedy, vocally imaginative if a touch idiosyncratic...an appreciable achievement." -BBC Music Magazine ***

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 151 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian



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Works Details

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
  • Performers: José Cura (Tenor); Cheyne Davidson (Baritone); Irène Friedli (Mezzo Soprano); Paoletta Marrocu (Soprano); Liliana Nikiteanu (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1890

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
  • Performers: Gabriel Bermúdez (Baritone); Fiorenza Cedolins (Soprano); José Cura (Tenor); Carlo Guelfi (Baritone); Boiko Zvetanov (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Stefano Ranzani
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892