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La Forza Del Destino

G. Verdi Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (7 July 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Osteria
  • ASIN: B00008URY6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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MITRI 1002 OS; MITRIDATE - Olanda; Classica Lirica

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romanian Discovery 29 Mar 2011
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This is a terrific recording. The sound is excellent, and all the artists right down to the Comprimario roles are strong.
I only recently discovered Maria Slatinaru. I was looking for a good live "La Gioconda" with Franco Bonisolli as Enzo and found The live Radio Broadcast from The War Memorial Hall with the San Francisco Opera 1983.What a Gioconda she was on that recording, and what a voice.On the strength of this, I looked her up, to discover this recording of Forza.
This undoubtedly was one of the truly great sopranos of the 20th Century. What a shame that she was so sparcely recorded commercially.Therefore, this is very precious.There is a Turandot from the Studio around the same time temporarily out of stock, and I await this with bated breath. I have unashamedly been a slave to the Tebaldi voice and her various Leonoras all my life, but now Hmm!.
Slatinaru shows no weaknesses right through from top to bottom and her three big arias provide no problems,and her scene with Padre Guardiano is magnificent.
The rest of the cast are also new to me. The Alvaro Ludovic Spiess possessed a large Spinto and is very exciting. He rarely sings softly but is never vulgar. At times in the middle of his register,there is a marked resemblance to Jon Vickers.
I have never heard a Baritone voice on record bigger than that of Herlea-Don Carlo.The only one comparable, would be that of Gian Giacomo Guelfi.He is formidable,and one can sense his thirst for revenge
As Padre Guardiano Nicolae Florei displays a beautiful sonorous Bass,and the Mellitone-Constantin Gabor has a magnificent baritone.
The Orchestra and Chorus under Litvin are up to the highest standards.
In my opinion this can stand beside any other recording- Current or Past and we all grew up thinking that only Italians could sing Italian Opera. Some Romanians-these on this Set.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the naff cover 24 Aug 2013
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This is a splendid recording of La Forza using Romanian singers that stand on a par with the greats that have recorded this opera in the past. Maria Nistor-Slatinaru is a tremendous force as Leonora with a voice to match the power of Tebaldi no less. Ludovic Spiess has, again, a huge tenor voice, though he is not particularly able to modulate it. Then there is Nicolae Herlea, a baritone well worth hearing with a warm, powerful timbre who thinks about his character and projects the venom of the vengeful Don Carlo. Nicolae Florei and Constantin Gabor are two basses that really are outstanding in the roles of Guardiano and Melitone - not easy sings.

The sound is fine, though a little close on the mic. The conductor, Litvin, makes his mark with some slow tempi but I'd rather that than someone playing it safe. A final mention for a glorious chorus - one of the best I've heard, if I'm honest - the sopranos, mezzos, tenors and basses have all the notes and proud of it.

There is no libretto, so I wouldn't advise it as a first time recording (go for the RCA Price/Schippers or the DECCA Tebaldi/Molinari-Pradelli) but if you love Verdi it's worth the budget price any day.
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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Given that this set is available on Marketplace very cheaply indeed, it's worth buying even if you are merely curious. Please take my word for it that it's worth it for the glorious baritone of Nicolae Herlea alone but also as an engaging performance of the opera as a whole, presenting the Romanian State Opera as a company with strength in depth at the time of the recording of this studio broadcast in 1970. The sound is excellent ADD. Neither the orchestra nor the conducting is of the finest quality, Litvin being really rather leisurely and deliberate, but he is clearly in sympathy with the music and the drama doesn't drag. The chorus is lusty and the soloists often outstanding - and I am not just talking about Herlea, who must surely have possessed one of the most beautiful post-war baritones. Ludovic Spiess had a hefty, slightly strenuous spinto tenor and despite a tendency to gulp was good enough to attract Karajan's attention to sing at Salzburg, serve as principal tenor in Zurich and enjoy an international career in the major opera houses. He sings an impassioned, stentorian Alvaro but is not without subtlety. His fifteen year international career was cut short by damage to his vocal cords. Soprano Maria Nistor-Slatinaru had a major voice very reminiscent of that of Sylvia Sass; she had a smoky timbre, evenness throughout her range and could sustain a considerable breadth of phrase even though the voice spreads on top notes. The rest of the cast is excellent, including two first rate basses and a characterful baritone as Melitone; the only dubious singing comes from a rather laboured, matronly Preziosilla - a role I never much enjoy in any case.

I have many versions of this epic opera but will still find room for this one on my shelves as it is a good ensemble recording featuring some major voices headed by Herlea.
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Obviously only one person here reviews the recording of which you see the cover. All the other describe completely different artists and give therefore very good ratings which is very misleading.

The recording here with Bruno Walter is not at all recommendable because of its really bad sound which disturbs the whole opera.

Only for hardcore fans!
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