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Verdi: Otello (2 CDs)
 
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Verdi: Otello (2 CDs)

8 Oct. 1991 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1991
  • Release Date: 8 Oct. 1991
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca Music Group Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 Decca Music Group Limited
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  • Total Length: 2:10:47
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  • ASIN: B001N9SY46
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,450 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Viva Verdi on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I'm glad to read two favouable reviews of this recording of Verdi's masterpiece - it is thrilling. I bemoan the loss of Ettore Bastianini who was lined up to sing Jago. It must have seemed like deja vu for the cast after they recorded it a few years earlier under Erede (a recording that also has great merit, and very close sound).

Karajan really pushes the Italians to their limit and the VPO sounds fantastic. I have the earlier CD edition so I can't comment on the sound of this remaster - it's wonderful on the earlier boxed set.

With all the various reviews of many fine Otello recordings - you gotta say... there is only one rendition of "Esultate" that puts you in no doubt that a masculine, self-confident, warrior has just made his entrance - and that's Mario del Monaco.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By PRogers on 5 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I agree with another opinion that it is a bit bright in the re mastering. However the drama is astonishing. The first half shows the immpecable orchestral playing but DVD 2 is a force that runs the opposition, especially the much flaunted Domingo/Zeffirelli, into the ground. For people buying the traditional operatic merry go round Otello is a bit obscure but they are missing an amazing experience. I have 100s of CDs and this is the most dramatic by far. This recording started my Karajan pilgimage and how disappointed I am. Beethoven Symphonies etc are a diversion. The Freni Pavarotti Boheme is aweful, Falstaff fantastic ( which one I cant find it). But even if you too see failures in Karajan, especially the later ones when he has lost his exuberance, give this a try....
My recommendation loses a star only because it is too bright on all but the best CD players. But a plus is that the Decca recording has many details that are truly amazing ( eg the opening storm is not purely orchestral). Del Monaco and Tebaldi are heroic totally beyond modern interpretaions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr.Woods on 3 Dec. 2008
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I've always loved this recording from when I owned an original set of LP pressings. Mario del Monaco had the perfect Otello voice, and if Tebaldi sounds a little too formidable to be pushed around like that by her husband, and Protti doesn't score all the interpretative points of some other Iagos on disc, it's still a wonderful version, not least for Karajan's incisive conducting and Decca's splendiferous "you-are-there" sound-stage.
This is where a slight disappointment comes in. The latest remastering sounds too clinical, lacking in scale, depth and warmth.
It also exposes some tape edits I hadn't previously noticed.
It's accurate and clean, and you're brought face to face with the singers as never before, but something's been lost in the processing.
Far better to seek out a second-hand copy of Decca's previous ADRM re-master, which sounds warmer and more atmospheric.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Hardy on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a unique performance that astonishes by its overwhelming theatricality. The usual suspects are not here.

Even Leonard Warren and Licia Albanese never recorded their roles on commercial discs. The great surprise is the wonderful Otello of Torsten Ralf - a Wagnerian heldentenor who has a superb voice for the part. His bright voice is always distinguishable from Warren's Iago - which is not the case in many other recordings. He combines the best of both Martinelli and Vinay! The last surprise is the dramatic urgent performance of the conductor. The quality of execution should not surprise but the drama may well do so. It is George Szell who is not well known as an opera conductor but in this performance he is the equal or more of the many great conductors who have performed this work. The price is incredible so rush out and buy!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Harding on 13 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This astonishing recording was just brought to my attention by Christopher Cook's BBC Radio 3 programme 'Building a Library', in which he rated it as the best recording available of this challenging and unique work.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jonbake on 21 April 2012
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I played on this recording in 1979. Domingo was at the peak of his powers, Scotto and Milnes were in great voice, Levine was on form on one of his rare visits to the UK and Sidney Sax,s National Phil was on blistering form? No wonder it was pick of the Otello,s on Radio 3.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Shepherd on 27 Oct. 2014
Format: Audio CD
For those of my generation, who discovered opera during the 70s and 80s, Domingo is surely the first choice for the title role. The part of Otello demands a singer with an incredibly powerful voice, but also a lyrical one and the ability to act vocally. That's why few people can sing this role; and some who do simply shout their way through the part which no doubt sounds quite impressive on stage, but you don't want to listen to it repeatedly. Step forward Senor Domingo, who fits the bill perfectly.

He's made a few recordings of Otello, so the choice of recording then hinges on the other singers, conductor and orchestra. Renata Scotto is one of the most accomplished singers of Italian opera we've had, who distinguished herself with a phenomenally beautiful quiet top register. She tended to let herself down with squally noises when singing high notes loudly, but this opera doesn't call for forte top register so as you'd expect, you get a gorgeous performance from her here. The Willow Song is just ravishing. Sherill Milnes is the unsung (pun sort of intended) hero of the 70s and 80s - he excelled in every role he sang, but baritones almost never enjoy the stardom awarded to tenors. Here he is as evil as you could possibly want Iago to be, and his Creed is truly spine-chilling. Elsewhere he makes Iago's character dangerously persuasive, so it's easy to believe that Otello fell for his tricks.

James Levine, as I write this, has suffered serious health problems and appearances from him are now very rare. Throughout his career he has been a superb opera conductor who always got the balance right - his orchestral contributions are of great musical value without being intrusive or flash. In Otello he's dramatic, exciting and tender as the score requires.
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