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Luisa Miller Double CD

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  • Audio CD (9 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B007W1Q02W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 439,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Luisa Miller : Sinfonia to Act 1
2. Luisa Miller : Act 1 Introduzione [Orchestra]
3. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Ti desta, Luisa, regina de' cosi" [Chorus, Laura]
4. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Ecco mia figlia" [Miller, Luisa, Chorus, Laura]
5. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Lo vidi, e'l primo palpito" [Luisa, Chorus, Laura, Rodolfo, Miller]
6. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "T'amo d'amor ch'esprimere" [Luisa, Rodolfo, Miller, Chorus, Laura]
7. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Ferma e ascolta" [Wurm, Miller]
8. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Sacra la scelta e d'un consorte" [Miller]
9. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Costarti, o vecchio debole" [Wurm, Miller]
10. Luisa Miller : Act 1 "Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto!" [Miller]
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Ah! Luisa, Luisa ove sei?" [Laura, Chorus, Luisa, Wurm]
2. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Il padre tuo... Finisci" [Wurm, Luisa]
3. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Tu puniscimi, o Signore" [Luisa]
4. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Qui nulla s'attenta imporre al tuo core" [Wurm, Luisa]
5. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "A brani, a brani, o perfido" [Luisa, Wurm]
6. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Egli delira; sul mattin degli anni" [Walter, Wurm]
7. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "L'alto retaggio non ho bramato" [Walter, Wurm]
8. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Vien la Duchessa!" [Wurm, Duchessa, Walter]
9. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Presentarti alla Duchessa... Come celar le smanie" [ Walter, Duchessa, Wurm, Luisa]
10. Luisa Miller : Act 2 "Il foglio dunque! Io tutto gia vi narrai" [Rodolfo, Contadino]
See all 22 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Bell on 21 Mar. 2013
It is a great score - melodious, lyrical and dramatic. For the price it is hard to grumble but there is good and not so good here. It is an old Cetra mono recording but clear and crisp for its age. The Luisa is Lucy Kelston, more a Minnie than a Luisa.She has a fine dramatic voice but her vocal technique is hard pushed by the trills, runs and staccato passages. It is all rather laboured but enthusiastic. I have never found much to like in Vaghi's woolly tones and nothing he contributes here changes that. The baritone however is a real artist though mostly forgotten now. Scipio Colombo is the real thing - a Verdi baritone with a focussed pliable baritone and an unerring dramatic sense. Why forgotten? Well he has none of the gleaming richness of a Bastianini not the power of a Cappuccilli but I forgot all others as I listened to his Miller. The surprise was the legendary Lauri-Volpi, by then well past his prime. In another Cetra recording of 'Il Trovatore' he was hard to take as every note ( very soft, very loud and nothing in-between) betrayed his age. I was dreading the same here but what I got was a Master of Verdian phrases, by turn lyrical and declamatory and quite the best version of the aria that I can ever remember hearing. Mario Rossi knows how to keep the score moving and detailed. I have heard it several times now and I have no doubt that for less than £6 there is a lot to enjoy even if the whole will never be at the top of the available recordings. However if you want to hear a fine forgotten baritone and the great Lauri-Volpi on fire then I suggest that your money is well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Albert Innaurato - Published on Amazon.com
I must explain my four stars. This is a very specialised sort of performance: it was broadcast by RAI in Italy in the "Verdi Year" of 1951. It was released on record on the Cetra label. Cetra LPs were variable, but, in general, expensive and the sound often overloaded. It was, however, the ONLY Luisa Miller available until the stereo recording with Anna Moffo on RCA Victor was released in 1965 or 14 years after this one. Then, Luisa was hardly ever performed; now it has come to be considered one of the most important and remarkable of Verdi's pre-Rigoletto operas -- in fact it was the opera written just before Rigoletto,. Though uneven in inspiration and locked into the Italian opera conventions of the period to a degree, it has one of the great last acts by Verdi and much of interest before then. This is a highly idiomatic performance, with much impressive singing and a full-throated emotional abandon. Mario Rossi was an important conductor and most of his documents are impressive; here his work is fluent and impassioned. However, one has to wonder at the incredibly heavy cutting. It gets to the point that the part of the Duchess (woe begotten Miti Truccato Pace, a famous name on the Cetra recordings) is reduced to just a few lines, and there are some disorienting leaps in continuity. It's possible that RAI gave Rossi a time limit and he just trimmed away accordingly. Even so, the cutting is extreme here though it was not uncommon to a degree in the period. However, what is performed is full of color and theatrical conviction. The American Lucy Kelston, one of a number of US singers who tried to have careers in Italy after The Second World War has an interesting, "tense" sounding voice, some florid skills and more important in the long run in this opera, genuine emotional force. Giacomo Lauri Volpi was a world star from the twenties into the early years of the Great Depression, after which he sang in Italy, Spain, and South America. He kept right on singing -- into his 80's! Unlike, Placido Domingo he did not prolong his career by becoming a baritone, he'd show off his high C at an age when even the effort would have killed most people. Here he is about 60 and sounds it. He still has a lot​​ of sound and a ringing top, but his voice has lost its earlier juice and resonance, he sometimes goes flat and he isn't ashamed to belt, though it's mighty belting. He should have made complete recordings in the forties and even late thirties, as did his famous rival Gigli, but he wanted too much money. But while this is not as sweet and easy an account of the role as he would have managed earlier, he has wonderful temperament and color, every word counts. And if not every sound is lovely, his long career gave him the skill to get through some very difficult music very well. There is also the wonderful baritone, Scipio Colombo, as the sore beset Miller. In our world, entirely without Verdi baritones, how someone this thrilling made only a secondary career is a great mystery -- even granting that he had impressive rivals back then. The two basses are fine but have to deal with heavy cuts. As usual with these RAI broadcasts some more rehearsals wouldn't have come amiss, although while a little rough and ready, the ensembles are lively. That last act is thrilling. Warner went back to original sources as much as possible and paid close attention to the result, which is excellent mono sound, There have been some other CD pressings of this performance but this is the best by a huge margin. The Moffo recording has a great cast, wonderful sound, is note complete although Rossi is a far better than the fast and glib Cleva. Many other recordings have been made since, featuring famous singers, most also note complete. But the vigor, intensity and sense of personal investment in this recording, is hard to find in studio polished efforts, and this is well worth looking into.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Three Stars 22 Feb. 2015
By G. ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
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so so performance - volpi seen better days
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