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MASCAGNI, P.: Cavalleria rusticana / LEONCAVALLO, R.: Pagliacci (Sung in English) [Operas] (Buesst, Goossens) (1927)

Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (in English)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

British National Opera Orchestra


Eugene Goossens


Aylmer Buesst



Dennis Noble

baritone

Harold Williams

baritone

Justine Griffiths

contralto

Marjorie Parry

mezzo-soprano

May Blyth

soprano

Miriam Licete

soprano

Miriam Licette

soprano

Heddle Nash

tenor

Frank Mullings

tenor

British National Opera Chorus



Venue:

Scala Theatre, London



Record Label
Divine Art Historical

Genre:

Opera in English


Historic

Total Time - 112:24
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MASCAGNI, P.: Cavalleria rusticana / LEONCAVALLO, R.: Pagliacci (Sung in English) [Operas] (Buesst, Goossens) (1927)

     
 

PIETRO MASCAGNI

 

Cavalleria Rusticana

 


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1 I Prelude 1:55
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
2 II Siciliana 2:09
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Aylmer Buesst
     
3 III Prelude (reprise) 2:20
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
4 IV Opening Chorus 2:41
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
5 V Tell me, Mother Lucia 2:41
 May Blyth soprano
 Justine Griffiths contralto
 Aylmer Buesst
     
6 VI Gaily go my horses fleet 2:12
 Harold Williams baritone
 Justine Griffiths contralto
 Aylmer Buesst
     
7 VII Easter Hymn 5:34
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
8 VIII Mother, you know the story 3:06
 May Blyth soprano
 Justine Griffiths contralto
 Aylmer Buesst
     
9 IX you here, Santuzza 2:39
 Heddle Nash tenor
 May Blyth soprano
 Aylmer Buesst
     
10 X O gentle flower of gold 2:41
 Heddle Nash tenor
 May Blyth soprano
 Marjorie Parry mezzo-soprano
 Aylmer Buesst
     
11 XI So thou seest what thou hast done 2:46
 Heddle Nash tenor
 May Blyth soprano
 Aylmer Buesst
     
12 XII Ah, tis the Lord who hast sent thee 2:53
 May Blyth soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Aylmer Buesst
     
13 XIII Sweet Mistress Santa 1:42
 May Blyth soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Aylmer Buesst
     
14 XIV Intermezzo 2:45
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
15 XV Now homeward returning 2:03
 
 Aylmer Buesst
     
16 XVI Drinking Song 2:36
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Marjorie Parry mezzo-soprano
 Aylmer Buesst
     
17 XVII Ah My friends, I salute you 2:47
 Harold Williams baritone
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Aylmer Buesst
     
18 XVIII Mother, that wine burns me 3:21
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Justine Griffiths contralto
 Aylmer Buesst
     
19 XIX Finale: Turrido, where go you? 1:16
 May Blyth soprano
 Justine Griffiths contralto
 Aylmer Buesst


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RUGGIERO LEONCAVALLO

 

I Pagliacci

 
1 I Act 1 Prelude 2:39
 
 Eugene Goossens
     
2 II Prologue 4:51
 Harold Williams baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
3 III They come, they come 2:38
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
4 IV This evening at seven o' the clock 2:24
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Harold Williams baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
5 V Such a game 2:33
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Miriam Licete soprano
 Eugene Goossens
     
6 VI Hark, 'tis the bagpipes (& Bell Chorus) 3:40
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
7 VII How fierce he looked 1:55
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Eugene Goossens
     
8 VIII High aloft they cry 2:38
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
9 IX I know that you hate me 2:37
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
10 X You mock me? 2:37
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
11 XI My fate is in thy hands 2:41
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
12 XII Why hast thou taught me 2:41
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
13 XIII Tread lightly, lightly 2:43
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Harold Williams baritone
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
14 XIV Ah stay, good master 2:42
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Harold Williams baritone
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
15 XV On with the motley 2:36
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
16 XVI Act II Intermezzo 2:32
 
 Eugene Goossens
     
17 XVII Quickly, sweet gossips 2:37
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
18 XVIII Opening of the play 2:32
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
19 XIX Ah yes, 'tis now the hour 2:32
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
20 XX Pure, yes I know thou art 2:39
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Harold Williams baritone
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
21 XXI Pour the philtre in his wine 2:22
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Eugene Goossens
     
22 XXII No, Punchinello no more 2:23
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens
     
23 XXIII If thou deemest me so unworthy 2:45
 Miriam Licette soprano
 Frank Mullings tenor
 Heddle Nash tenor
 Dennis Noble baritone
 Eugene Goossens


There are countless recordings of "Cav and Pag" but few as special as these. Made in 1927, these were the first complete opera recordings made in the UK by the electric process. Quite simply, they still rank as among the best recordings of these popular short operas ever made, and are now issued on CD in fine restored sound for the first time.

“Now, miraculously, like a picture cleaned, Divine Art has put us in its debt by refurbishing [this set] in sound more than respectable for its day… Singers of opera in the vernacular today could learn a lot from the pristine diction heard here… fascinating experience of opera in a bygone age.”

Alan Blyth

Opera Magazine

“Divine Art are to be congratulated… the sound is about as good as we are likely to get. The [performers] include some of the finest singers on the British stage… to have Harold Williams is a real luxury.. to have Dennis Noble is almost as good..[Nash] manages the totally different demands of [his roles] with equal ease”

Tully Potter

Classic Record Collector

“...even after nearly eighty years [the distinguished singers’] efforts impress.. choral and orchestral forces are strong. Good transfers and informative notes.”

George Hall

Opera Now

“...fine singing on excellent transfers. The clarity and immediacy of sound reveal performances which at best give pleasure by any standards… fascinating as period documents. Startlingly fine transfers.”

John Steane

Gramophone - 2006

“...most worthwhile…credible and creditable vocal balance. Above all … Nash rises to the top by virtue of his virility, his elegant and passionate declamation and sheer beauty of tone. Good cast lists and libretto complete another welcome restoration”

Jonathan Woolf

Music Web

“Historic treasures for opera buffs here. Sound is remarkably good, as is the orchestral playing. It is a thrill to hear singers whose names are part of English operatic history.”

Michael Kennedy

The Daily Telegraph

“It is not a reproduction but the thing itself. Perfect in every detail"

Hermann Klein

The Gramophone - 1927



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