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MASCAGNI: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA
LEONCAVALLO: I PAGLIACCI
(SUNG IN ENGLISH)
BRITISH NATIONAL OPERA COMPANY
Harold Williams, Dennis Noble, Heddle Nash, May Blyth, Miriam Licette, Frank Mullings, Justine Griffiths, Marjorie Parry and the Chorus and Orchestra of the British National Opera Company

Cavalleria Rusticana is conducted by Aylmer Buesst and Pagliacci by 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.

CD booklet includes full libretti

CD DURATION:  CD1: 62:13 CD2: 50:09

AUDIO SAMPLE: Pagliacci: High Aloft they Cry (Ballatella)




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Digitally remastered by Andrew Rose of pristine audio review extracts: for full reviews click here
“It is not a reproduction but the thing itself. Perfect in every detail" - Hermann Klein (The Gramophone, 1927)

“lovely and memorable melodies… a time-tripping experience.. collectors of historically important recordings will not want to pass this set up” – Frank Behrens (Amazon.com)

“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 (MusicWeb)
“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)
“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 (The Gramophone 2006)
“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)
“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 ral 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)
“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)