Janowski: Mascagni - Cavalleria Rusticana (24/96 FLAC)
Janowski: Mascagni – Cavalleria Rusticana (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Performer: Leipzig Radio Choir, MDR Rundfunkchor, Brian Jagde, Melody Moore, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Lester Lynch, Roxana Constantinescu, Anna Rad-Markowska, Manja Raschka
Orchestra: Dresdner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Pentatone
Release: 2020
Size: 1.11 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Cavalleria Rusticana
01. Preludio
02. O Lola ch’ai di latti la cammisa
03. Introduzione
04. Gli aranci olezzano sui verdi margini
05. Dite, mamma Lucia
06. Il cavallo scalpita
07. Beato voi, compar Alfio
08. Regina coeli laetare
09. Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto
10. Voi lo sapete, o mamma
11. Tu qui, Santuzza?
12. Son giunto ora in piazza
13. No, no, Turiddu
14. Oh! Il Signore vi manda
15. Il ver. Turiddu mi tolse l’onore
16. Intermezzo sinfonico
17. A casa, a casa, amici
18. Viva il vino spumeggiante
19. A voi tutti salute
20. Mamma, quel vino è generos

Marek Janowski and the Dresdner Philharmonie present a new recording of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, the verismo opera par excellence. Mascagni’s debut opera turned him into an overnight world star, and continues to captivate listeners today. Even if the depiction of simple village folk and the direct emotional appeal of Cavalleria rusticana were initially greeted as a welcome alternative to the gods, intellectual pretences and dense orchestral textures of Wagner, Mascagni’s score in fact has many more symphonic qualities than is usually acknowledged. Marek Janowski, a champion of Wagnerian opera and German symphonic music, is the ideal candidate to demonstrate those qualities. He does this together with the Dresdner Philharmonie, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and a cast of outstanding vocal soloists, including Melody Moore as Santuzza, Brian Jagde as Turridu and Lester Lynch in the role of Alfio. Marek Janowski is one of the most celebrated conductors of our times, and enjoys a vast PENTATONE discography including a recent recording of Weber’s Der Freischüt z (2019) with the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir. This recording is the first in a series with the Dresdner Philharmonie, where Janowski currently serves as chief conductor. Melody Moore and Lester Lynch both have been featured on several PENTATONE releases, including Verdi’s Othello (2017). Brian Jagde is one of today’s rising opera tenor stars, and makes his PENTATONE debut.

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