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Caval­le­ria rus­ti­cana

Montser­rat Ca­ballé et al; Phil­har­mo­nia Orches­tra/muti Warner 763 6502 (down­load) A scrupu­lously per­formed and id­iomatic ac­count, paired with Leon­cav­allo’s Pagli­acci.

L’amico Fritz

Lu­ciano Pavarotti et al;

ROH Orches­tra/gavazzeni Warner 948 2582 (down­load) Ar­guably Mascagni’s most charm­ing score in a clas­sic ac­count, won­der­fully sung and su­perbly con­ducted.

Guglielmo Rat­cliff

An­gelo Vil­lari et al; Wex­ford Fes­ti­val Opera/cil­luffo

RTÉ Lyric CD 152

The am­bi­tious melo­drama is vin­di­cated in this live ac­count from the Wex­ford Fes­ti­val.


Maria Spacagna et al; Hun­gar­ian So/rosekrans Hun­garo­ton HCD 31307-08 (down­load)

This 1917 set­ting of a sen­ti­men­tal sub­ject is Mascagni’s near­est ap­proach to his ri­val Puc­cini’s man­ner.

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