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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Cellini, Milanov, Bjorling, Merrill

Mascagni / Milanov / Rca Victor Symphony Orchestra Release Date: 09/11/2015
Label: Sony Catalog #: 88875054492
Composer:  Pietro Mascagni Performer:  Zinka Milanov ,  Jussi Björling ,  Robert Merrill ,  Margaret Roggero  ...  Conductor:  Renato Cellini Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra ,  Robert Shaw Chorale Number of Discs: 1

This is famous 1953 RCA recording of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, starring three of the greatest singers of the day: Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill.

The recording features Renato Cellini conducting the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra with the Robert Shaw Chorale, and features singers Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Robert Merrill.

Who today, or in any day, fills Mascagni’s grateful phrases with quite such full, lustrous tone and with such a wealth of feeling for the text as Milanov? This is verismo singing on the grandest, most authentic scale … Like his soprano, Björling’s singing is an exemplar of the spinto style at its best. As Alfio, Merrill turns in one of his most
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