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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole opera for peanuts!
Cavalleria Rusticana
What a bargain! A bit of the opening music is missing, but the rest is superb. The only drawback is, that it's continuous, with no separate tracks, but this is also an advantage. With other recordings, there is always a break in continuity when it goes from one track to the next, and this is one opera where continuity is so important. I love...
Published on 21 Oct 2009 by K. Freemantle

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the hum
This is a cheapo one-track transcript froma 50s LP, and has little to commend it. Tebaldi as Santuzza is dull, sobbing or no sobbing, and I don't greatly care for her voice. I do care for Bjorling's, but feel that he is miscast as Turiddu - his elegant singing doesn't suggest the cad that di Stefano does. Rina Corsi (who?) plays the small part of Lola OK, but...
Published on 23 July 2012 by Melchior of Bunn


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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A whole opera for peanuts!, 21 Oct 2009
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K. Freemantle "kate" (Portsmouth, England) - See all my reviews
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Cavalleria Rusticana
What a bargain! A bit of the opening music is missing, but the rest is superb. The only drawback is, that it's continuous, with no separate tracks, but this is also an advantage. With other recordings, there is always a break in continuity when it goes from one track to the next, and this is one opera where continuity is so important. I love it, and would recommend it highly to any "verismo" opera lover. Tebaldi's sobs are heartbreaking.
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1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pity about the hum, 23 July 2012
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This is a cheapo one-track transcript froma 50s LP, and has little to commend it. Tebaldi as Santuzza is dull, sobbing or no sobbing, and I don't greatly care for her voice. I do care for Bjorling's, but feel that he is miscast as Turiddu - his elegant singing doesn't suggest the cad that di Stefano does. Rina Corsi (who?) plays the small part of Lola OK, but Bastianini (as Alfio) isn't mentioned on the cover or elsewhere. He's a fine singer, at his best in the live Ballo in Maschera with Callas, dependable but dull here.

The sound is OK, not as good as some 50s recordings, but what really puts this issue out of court is a bass hum, from the end of the prelude until after the Intermezzo, i.e. more than half of the opera. Yuk!
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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana by Renata Tebaldi, Rina Corsi, Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Alberto Erede Jussi Björling
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