- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Import
- Label: Philips
- ASIN: B00524VWME
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,540,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is the least percussive of Verdi's early works and suits Bergonzi's still still slightly tremulous tenor; he soon settled down in his new tessitura but is here already singing with delicacy and refinement in a part which requires the tenor to be uniformly afflicted and melancholy; Bergonzi's voice has the right plangency with reserves of focused power. Everybody - singers, chorus, orchestra and conductor - is in sympathy with the performing tradition and knows how Verdi should go.
The Warner Fonit remastering is preferable to many other issues on labels which have clearly just have transferred straight from clean LP's and retained some swish and crackle. The sound is still rather distant, crumbly and cavernous but perfectly listenable with a will. The comparative rarity of these now discontinued old Cetra/Warner Fonit discs is reflected in the fact that they can go for ridiculous prices on Amazon Marketplace, but keep looking and you can still eventually find them for very little.
What is most surprising is the dramatic intensity that a young Carlo Maria Giulini brings to the recording; an intensity that penetrates the familiar boxed, mono sound of the Cetra catalogue.The score is cut, of course, but the cuts are judiciously spread so that it's never a whole piece, but rather snips at the set pieces as well as cutting repetitions.
A young Bergonzi injects regular sobs into his interpretation, but his voice is beautifully modulated for the radio performance before a live audience (of whom you are not aware until the end of each act).
Guelfi sounds similar to Gobbi in his upper range, and certainly has the vocal weight and presence for the Doge. He can act too.
Maria Vitale had a wonderful instrument - what a wealth of singers existed in Italy in the 50s and 60s - she has the power and range for Lady Macbeth. She is assured in her attack and a confident actress.
Any Verdi fan should have this recording alongside the Philips edition mentioned above, but also, if you are a fan of great operatic voices then Vitale is worth hearing for sure.
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