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Cetra Verdi Collection: Rigoletto
 
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Cetra Verdi Collection: Rigoletto

2 April 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 27 Mar 2012
  • Release Date: 27 Mar 2012
  • Label: WMI Italy
  • Copyright: 2012 Warner Music Italia Srl - Warner Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 1:52:24
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  • ASIN: B007QMJPKG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,311 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
I am surprised to find myself recommending this whole-heartedly, even in comparison with the now legendary Gobbi-Callas-Di Stefano set or more recent favourites such as the Milnes-Sutherland-Pavarotti Decca version (not to all tastes, I know), but there are many strong reasons for my advocacy of this rather ancient Cetra recording.

First, the 1954 mono sound has now been immeasurably improved from earlier issues, when it was harsh and strident. It is now clean, with the voices well forward and offers little distortion in climaxes. Then we have the quality of both the singing and the conducting. Angelo Questa presided over many admirable Cetra recordings, including a very recommendable 1956 "Aida" with a young Corelli; here he directs a subtle, unfussy, wholly idiomatic performance with an orchestra and chorus who have the music and language in their blood.

Many collectors and opera buffs will want this recording for both Taddei at his best and Ferruccio Tagliavini, a tenore di grazia, famous for his honeyed mezza voce and head tones who nonetheless had steel in his tone when he needed it. The frequency with which he resorts to those quieter effects might take a modern listener, more used to the Pavarotti approach to this role - all brilliance and verve - a little by surprise - but it is musically and dramatically very effective and perhaps preferable to Di Stefano's more effortful delivery.

Taddei's characterisation is less biting than Gobbi's but richer of voice and just as subtle. He is very moving in his appeal to the courtiers and capable of powerful scorn, too; I love both his and Gobbi's assumptions.
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