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Leoncavallo: Pagliacci [Original recording remastered]

Jussi Bjorling , Victoria De Los Angeles , Leonard Warren , Robert Merrill , Ruggiero Leoncavallo , et al. Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: RCA Victor Orchestra
  • Conductor: Renato Cellini
  • Composer: Ruggiero Leoncavallo
  • Audio CD (3 Nov 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000E3HM0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Pagliacci, Prologo: "Si può? Si può?"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Tito Gobbi 7:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 1: "Son qua!"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Vittore Veneziani 3:12£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 1: "Un grande spettacolo a ventitré ore"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Vittore Veneziani, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Nicola Monti 2:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 1: "Un tal gioco, credetemi, è meglio non giocarlo"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Vittore Veneziani, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas 2:47£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 1: "I zampognari!...Din, don. Suona vespero""Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Vittore Veneziani, Giuseppe Di Stefano 3:56£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 2: "Qual fiamma avea nel guardo..Hui! Stridono lassù"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas 4:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 2: "Sei là! Credea che te ne fossi andato"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi0:53£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 2: "So ben che lo scemo contorto son io"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi 4:04£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 2: "Nedda!...Silvio! A quest'ora che imprudenza"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Rolando Panerai, Maria Callas 1:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 2: "E fra quest'ansie in eterno vivrai"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Rolando Panerai, Maria Callas 2:37£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 3: "Non mi tentar!"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai 1:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 3: "E allor perché, di', tu m'hai stregato"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Di Stefano 5:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 3: "Derisione e scherno!"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Monti 2:55£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 4: "Recitar! Mentre preso dal delirio"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Di Stefano0:46£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Pagliacci, Act I, Scene 4: "Vesti la giubba"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Di Stefano 2:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Pagliacci, Act I: IntermezzoOrchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin 3:13£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 1: "Presto, affrettiamoci"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Nicola Monti 4:08£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 1: "Pagliaccio, mio marito"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas 1:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 1: "Ah! Colombina, il tenero"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Nicola Monti 1:38£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 2: "Di fare il segno convenuto"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Nicola Monti 4:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 2: "Arlecchin!...Colombina!"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Maria Callas, Nicola Monti, Tito Gobbi, Giuseppe Di Stefano 2:28£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 2: "Coraggio! Un uomo era con te"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi 1:58£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 3: "No, Pagliaccio non son"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Maria Callas 3:09£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Pagliacci, Act II, Scene 3: "Suvvia, così terribile"Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Tullio Serafin, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Rolando Panerai, Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi 2:44£0.69  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Bjorling 11 May 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was thrilled with this recording. Whilst I love the versions I have with Del Monaco, Corelli, Gigli and Domingo, Bjorling's bright, silvery tone lights-up this recording. De Los Angeles sings Nedda beautifully, as you'd expect, though she lightens the weight of the role - no bad thing. Warren and Merrill excel in the roles of Tonio and Silvio - though I have always preferred Merrill's timbre over Warren.

Cellini and the RCA Victor orchestra are sprightly in their playing and the sound is surprisingly good for 1953. It's a no-brainer for fans of Bjorling and De Los Angeles, though be warned of needless cuts in the Nedda/Silvio duet and the beginning of the Teatre performance.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great singing, lousy sound 19 Dec 2005
By Kevin Orth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with both of the other reviewers, which is unusual since one gives this disc five stars and the other only one star! On the positive side the singing is wonderful--Bjorling, Victoria de los Angeles and Warren and Merrill were simply fabulous singers and that comes across even through the dreadful sound. And yes, there are moments where the shrill and distorted sound of the remastering just makes you grit your teeth. It really stinks, and I have a pretty forgiving ear for historical recordings!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised By The Quality 24 Mar 2008
By K. Tomlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this recording because of the very high caliber of singer on it, regardless of what was said in the other reviews about the quality of the recording. I read them all before buying this recording so I have to honestly say that I don't understand what the negative reviews were complaining about in-so-much as the recording quality was concerned. I didn't hear anything wrong with the re-mastering, I've decided that the others had bad CD's or something. All that being said, you can't expect today's recording quality out of a recording that was made in the 1950's. I will listen to this CD over and over again, taking in the wonderful sounds of Bjoerling and de los Angeles. In my opinion, this is an incredible purchase as it is being sold for less than the price of a restaurant dinner. If you like Opera I would recommend you get this now, and if you are just getting into opera, you get more bang for your buck on this recording than a lot of other opera CD's out there. It deserves a five star review not only in quality, but also in price.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance. Dreadful remastering 30 July 2005
By L. E. Cantrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As is usually the case, I find myself in general agreement with Madamemusico. I am a little more favorably impressed with this recording's Robert Merrill and the Robert Shaw Chorale than she is--a relatively small variance.

Nevertheless, I give this set a miserly one star to her five. The reason is quite simple: this is, in my opinion, a botched remastering and, alas, one all-too characteristic of today's EMI. Perhaps the company's recording engineers are deaf, indifferent, incompetent, morbidly fond of consonants, or some weird combination of these things. The result is a marked deterioration in sound quality in this "Pagliacci" from the old Lp issues.

Poor Bjorling is the worst victim. On my first (and only!) playing of this set, I was brought up short again and again by ghastly wheezes or exaggerated consonants or apparent clicks of teeth. I was repeatedly forced to declare to myself that Jussi just did not sound like that. So much of my attention was forced, willy-nilly, upon mere sounds that, for all intents and purposes, the performance was lost.

The upshot was that I finally admitted to myself that I had purchased a lemon. I have ejected this wretched thing from my collection, casting it out into uttermost darkness. I replaced it with the excellent Naxos remastering (based on old Lp versions), available here in Canada, at least. That version is fully worthy of Madamemusico's five stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets....for "Pagliacci" 19 July 2004
By madamemusico - Published on Amazon.com
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Back in the early 1950s, as part of their "speed war" with Columbia records, RCA issued a number of complete opera sets on 45-rpm discs. The procedure was clumsy and inefficient; by 1954 the company abandoned the practice and capitulated to issuing complete operas on LP only. (The only exception to this rule was the 1952 recording of "Tristan und Isolde" conducted by Furtwangler, which was issued only on LPs.) Columbia, who featured such singers as Eleanor Steber, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Tucker and Eugene Conley, did not sell as well as RCA despite their lead in issuing operas on LP only, and not on 45.
The reason for RCA's superiority was Jussi Bjorling, the great Swedish lyric tenor. In person, his was a beautiful but smallish presence, elegant in its phrasing and phenomenal breath control if a little lacking in passion. But on records, Bjorling sounded phenomenal; and, when he acted with the voice as well as singing (which was rare), he made a tremendous impact.
This recording is one of four in which Bjorling gave his very best; the other three were "Il Trovatore," "Aida" and the 1957 stereo remake of "Cavalleria Rusticana." As with Rhadames in "Aida," this was a role he did not often sing on stage, which may explain his involvement: the more Bjorling sang a role, the less interesting he often was (though, of course, he always sang beautifully). His soprano partner here was Victoria de los Angeles, who likewise sounded more involved than usual; the Tonio was the great Leonard Warren, one of the finest singing-actors of his time; and the conductor was Renato Cellini, a vastly underrated house conductor who was actually much better than the regular Met house conductor, Fausto Cleva.
The result is a "Pagliacci" which is suavely, even elegantly, sung, yet losing only a little in full-blooded passion. The only real disappointments are Robert Merrill's rather tepid and uninteresting Silvio, and the overly-polite, church-choir sound of the Robert Shaw Chorale. Otherwise, this is a "Pagliacci" that satisfies. Leonard Warren's burly, brassy yet scrupulously musical voice sounds wonderful as Tonio; Bjorling is brilliant and appropriately angry and dolorous as Canio; de los Angeles is a kittenish Nedda; and Renata Cellini conducts a taut yet warm and expansive performance. The only disappointments are Robert Merrill's rather tepid Silvio and the overly polite, churchy singing of the Robert Shaw Chorale. Well worth the modest price...no other "Pagliacci" recording is as satisfying as this one!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Pagliacci in better sound than Callas's 13 April 2010
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The virtues of this great Pagliacci do't need repeating, but I felt compelled to offer a riposte to the lead review's contention that EMI has botched the latest remastering. Even a casual listen to Vesti la guibba will show that bjorling isn't clacking his teeth or that his consonants are overly prominent. as for the orchestra,it's considerably fuller than what EMI gave Callas in 1954. I think anyone can purchase this recording without anxiety on that score. The Callas may be impregnable to criticism in many quarters, but I found her voice and di Stefano's captured at their shrillest and thinnest-sounding, as sadly often happened with early EMI mono sound form La Scala.

On balance, since few of us need a shelf of Pagliacci's, I'd choose this one, in particular for Bjorling's glorious singing. the tone is seductive even after decades of rivals, and although one doesn't get the reckless abandon of Corelli, del Monano, and di Stefano, Bjorling is at his dramatic best. Leonard Warren's Tonio is a glory of its own, even if he doesn't match Tito Gobbi in finding nasty intensity. The pickup RCA Victor Sym. are good enough, even under a routinier like Renato Cellini, who to be honest does well enough. The Robert Shaw Chorale falls short in Italian pronunciation but is accurate and energetic. Merrill is a bit bland as Silvio but in great vice. De los Angeles can't compete as a verismo heroine with Callas, but her natural charm and poignancy are irresistible.
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