MASCAGNI Cavalleria rusticana / Karajan 4577642

Karajan takes real care to bring clarity and definition to music that in the wrong hands can leave you wallowing in emotional treacle . . . His graphic handling of orchestral texture brings the world of "Cavalleria" to life, with every nuance of light and colour brought into focus in the playing of La Scala's orchestra. Cossotto is quite outstanding, surely one of the finest mezzos on record. Here she sings with exquisite pathos and dramatic intensity . . . [Bergonzi] brings instead an elegance that captures something of Turiddu's duplicitous charm . . .

. . . un Karajan iluminado, con una Cossotto y un Bergonzi que son monumentos vocales e interpretativos, secundados con un coro, el de La Scala, que parece de otro mundo. Parece imposible acumular tanta tensión y, sobre todo una gama tan variada de dinámicas y acentuaciones, en una obra de estas dimensiones.