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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, May 2017

…the singers are uniformly excellent. I must single out Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turridu in Cavalleria and Canio in Pagliacci. He delivers a knock-out Vesti la giubba in Pagliacci, and his singing in the closing scene of Cavalleria (Mamma, quel vino e generoso) is filled with passion and delivered in such attractive, robust tones. Eva-Maria Westbroek must also receive high praise here for her portrayal of Santuzza: try her intense account of Voi lo sapete, O Mama. Carmen Giannattasio is a most effective Nedda and the remaining members of the cast in both operas are also quite fine. Sir Antonio Pappano draws excellent performances from the orchestra and chorus, …I strongly favor Pappano’s tempos here, which tend to be moderate to slightly on the slightly on the leisurely side… © 2017 Classical Net Read complete review



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, December 2016

Antonio Pappano conducts with customary passion and warmth, and the cast is very decent, too, with Carmen Giannattasio’s frustrated Nedda especially vivid. Dimitri Platanias doesn’t seem to be in his best voice but is a powerful presence in both dramas as Alfio and Tonio. Eva-Maria Westbroek performs with a moving honesty as Santuzza, even though her soprano tends towards stridency when you want it to fill out with Mediterranean warmth. The linchpin is Aleksandrs Antonenko, singing both Turiddù and Canio with power and focus, if again without quite the ideal warmth in terms of colour. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Jeffrey Kauffman
Blu-ray.com, October 2016

Pappano extracts some luscious playing from the orchestra, …a worthwhile release. Recommended. © 2016 Blu-ray.com Read complete review





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