- Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony
- ASIN: B0000025J1
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
What saves this opera is its intimations of future greatness; the epic, orchestrally rich melodies synonymous with Puccini; the communal, dancing jubilation that opens the work, anticipating the heady second act of 'La Boheme'; the gloomy funeral dirge looking to the famous 'Intermezzo' of 'Manon Lescaut'; the plot about a woman abandoned by a fickle man, and an extraordinary, extended love duet hinting at 'Madama Butterfly'. further, the bulk of Act 2 is taken up with an amazing, long, broken series of anguished arias by Roberto, lamenting his moral weakness, the loss of his betrothed and communal warmth, and the intolerable weight of remorse figured ironically in the wispy sprites tormenting him.
With this cast - Renata Scotto, a superbly harried Placido Domingo, a sardonic Tito Gobbi as Narrator - could make a radio jingle sound emotionally overwhelming; with Loren Maazel creating great gusts with his orchestra, this flawed but promising little work is a must-have.