Started by Tsaraslondon, April 10, 2017, 04:29:04 AM
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Quote from: Tsaraslondon on April 20, 2017, 03:27:18 AMVerdi's seventh opera is patchily distinguished and no doubt holds a peripheral hold on the repertoire, because of his sympathetic treatment of the heroine, a character more well drawn than any of his previous leading ladies. Like all his early operas, it is brim full of wonderful tunes, and well worth hearing in a good performance such as this. Caballe makes a superb Giovanna, singing with purity, beauty and, when required, strength, brilliantly supported by Domingo and Milnes, the star trio of the day. Levine's conducting tends to the loud and barnstorming, and consequently we lose some of the lyricism in Verdi's score. I prefer Gardelli's approach to early Verdi, EMI recorded the set before Philips had got round to recording it for their early Verdi project, meaning that it is missing from the series. Nonetheless, like the Orfeo recordings of Oberto and Alzira (both conducted by Gardelli) it makes a worthy adjunct to the Philips series.
Quote from: Jeffrey Smith on April 20, 2017, 05:08:57 AMIt's an opera in which you can compare Domingo tenor vs Domingo baritone, but only at the cost of having to listen in Netrebko in the title role....
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on April 20, 2017, 05:11:28 AMI happy enough with Domingo as tenor, so I'll probably stick with this one.
Quote from: Thatfabulousalien on April 20, 2017, 05:13:47 AMSorry, I'm busy working on Inland Empire..... :laugh:
Quote from: Alberich on April 23, 2017, 03:16:04 AMI can't even think about the word "oracolo" without instantly being reminded of that wonderful ensemble Ogni cura si doni al diletto, from Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. I have listened so much to that incredible opera that almost all uses of "oracolo" make me think of that particular oracle, Ulrica."Dunque, signori, aspettoviSignori, aspettovi, aspettovi,Incognito, incognito, alle treNell'antro dell'oracolo,Nell'antro dell'oracolo,Della gran maga al piè,Della gran maga al piè."Maybe I should listen to it right now!
Quote from: Tsaraslondon on April 26, 2017, 01:51:46 AMContinuing my Verdi marathon.Luisa Miller has always been considered as one of the best of Verdi's early operas, and shows Verdi increasingly in command of his craft. It was followed by Stiffelio, which was only recently rediscovered, and the first great masterpiece of his middle period Rigoletto.Of the three recordings I know quite well (Caballe and Pavarotti under Maag, Ricciarelli and Domingo under Maazel being the others) this, the earliest, is on balance my favourite, though they are all excellent in their own way.Moffo makes a most affecting heroine, not quite as inside the role as Ricciarelli, but more reliable vocally, though she should probably cede points to Caballe, who, however, can sound a tad too regal. Hard to choose between the three tenors, as all of them are excellent in their own way, but it is always a pleasure to hear Bergonzi's stylish singing of Verdi. Cornell MacNeil is an excellent Miller and Tozzi and Flagello well in the picture in the two bass roles. Verrett is possibly slight overkill in the role of Federica, but not so disastrous as Obrasztsova on the Maazel and better than the under-cast Reynolds on the Maag. Cleva is reliable, rather than inspired, but his conducting is in the best Italian tradition.
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