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Rigoletto (Sinopoli, Shicoff, Gruberova)

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Bonynge, Edita Gruberova Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Audio CD (13 May 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00006469N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a very enjoyable recording 16 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a rather special recording for me as it was the first full opera that I bought, aged 15. Listening to it again some twenty odd years later I have to say it hasn't lost any of its original charm. Firstly the opera its self is just a joyous thing. One of the most consistently tuneful works that Verdi composed. The key cast members have all been accused of a lack of conviction in the past, but let's face it, that's probably not why you are listening to Rigoletto in the first place. It's a work that scales the heights of dramatic improbability and there's a very good reason why the Hugo play upon which it is based has been more or less forgotten. It's Verdi's musical inspiration that keeps this work in the repertoire.

Of the cast, Pavarotti sings one of his perfect roles here and at a time when his voice was flawless. Likewise with Sutherland, beautiful singing and every now and again she forgets herself and sings the odd consonant, especially in the first act duet with Rigoletto. She even rolls the initial "R" in 'Caro nome'. I've always enjoyed Sherril Milnes' voice. He may not be Tito Gobbi, but he has a rich sound and seems to be living in the role. The two relatively minor roles of Sparafucile (Martti Talvella) and Maddalena (Huguette Tourangeau) are both superb and even the cameo role of the Countessa Ceprano is taken by a young Kiri te Kanawa. There really isn't a weak link in the singing (perhaps a slightly wobbly Gillian Knight as the nurse Giovanna, but surely we can forgive that).

There's not much not to recommend about this performance. It's an opera that saw it's composer inspired to produce some of his finest music.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essencial Rigoletto 12 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
If someone wants to know what opera is about, then this is the first one to hear.
Rigoletto is a very beautiful opera, with a wonderful story.
First we have Milnes as Rigoletto. He is in top form and makes us fill his sadness and the terrible "Malidicione".
Pavarotti is my favorite "Duca". The high D at the end of "Possente Amor" makes me think how can he goes so high.
The point of discussion in many of the reviews is Dame Joan Sutherland's Gilda. Sutherland is a "big girl" with a supreme voice and the best technique ever, and Gilda is a delicate young girl. Of course Callas fans allways put down Sutherland, and vice-versa. So Sutherland has the voice and Callas the acting skills. I personly prefer Sutherland's Gilda over Callas, but thats only my opinion. I think them both deserve the Voice of XX century title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars st 12 Sep 2011
By st
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Perfect recording.
Pavarotti is flawless - the ideal Duke, youthful, singing merry melodies (except "Ella mi fu rapita!" and "E' il sol dell'anima") and unresponsive.
Sherrill Milnes makes us feel his tremendous fate: his life is joyless, and yet he has to make laugh. Most dramatic performance (especially his last line: "Ah, la maledizione!").
Joan Sutherland ... a magnificent voice, which melts perfectly with Pavarotti's, and an immense experience. To those who could doubt it, and talk about Callas, I say: Callas shoutes and has a dull recitative "talent" (her Norma features a stone statue singing more than a woman), Sutherland has the most gorgeous voice ever heard on CD and good (not excellent, but always good) acting.
Talvela is thrilling as the killer Sparafucile. As his giant role in the Rheingold, ruthless, frightening, and yet a beautiful technique.
Tourangeau sounds like a w***e, that is the point. Maddalena surely performed the "most ancient work in the world", and Tourangeau makes us hear that, beyond a pretty face, there is a nasty woman (you should notice that een when she saves the Duke, she does it just because she likes him , not because she's a good, nice girl).
Bonynge is the one conductor I heard that doesn't make sound "la donna è mobile" as an idiotic circus song (as in tremendous Florez's Great Tenor Arias).
THE ULTIMATE recording.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen, relax & enjoy 23 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
A stunning performance of one of the greatest operas, recorded over 30 years ago (in 1971). Pavarotti is splendid as a young & confident Duke while Milnes came as a revelation as Rigoletto. Sutherland's singing is effortlessly flawless, which in no way sounds too old for me (it remains deceptively young while having the depth that comes with years of practice). If her singing is slightly short on the pronunciation or dramatic side it remains divine.
Normally Rigoletto is my second favorite opera (after Don Giovanni), though while listening to this recording it coasts to number one. I do not remember hearing a finer rendition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real pleasure 9 Aug 2013
By QP
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this prior to going to see the Opera to familiarise myself with the music. I found that I played it over and over again. It is a beautiful recording and I am delighted with it. I am not an expert on opera and I found this a very enjoyable introduction.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect 31 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was one of DECCA's super-cast performances of the '60s and '70s, intended to give "definitive" interpretations of the works recorded. Unfortunately, this time the mark was missed by a small margin.
The greatest problem is Richard Bonynge. Though Rigoletto is NOT a conductor's opera, a good conductor is required to create the proper mood and to assist the singers in making this very old-fashioned tale, sound believable and vital. Mr Bonynge with his "historic" approach does everything in his power to stress the old-fashioned elements in Verdi's score and constantly underplays the dramatic aspects of the work.
Sherrill Milnes was never an ideal Verdi baritone in the traditional sense. The voice had a sharp edge, the sound lacked the uniformity and authority of a true dramatic baritone and there was often a tenor ring to his, otherwise very impressive, high register. Still, he was a great artist, -not only a great actor (as is the case with Gobbi,) but also a great SINGER. His musicianship is fascinating, his phrasing has an irresistible charm and, of course, his portrayal is mesmerizing. I think he is one of the greatest Rigolettos on record.
Luciano Pavarotti, naturally, is THE Duke of Mantua. The sound of the voice alone carries all the qualities that are needed to portray this irresistible cad. Pavarotti sounds youthfull, charming, suave and passionate. Above all, he sounds Italian. There is that special feelling in every note he utters, that reminds us that this art is part of his heritage, -perhaps part of his DNA. No need to add that, this being 1971, he is in spectacular form and his high notes are breath-taking.
Unfortunately, this recording comes rather late in Joan Sutherland's carreer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really excellent. The digital quality is very good when the played on a good high-fidelity system.
Published 11 days ago by Luca58
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinopoli and Verdi
Giuseppe Sinopoli was a great loss to Verdi fans. His sensitive reading of his scores are palpable - just listen to the opening prelude here - Sinopoli offers an intimate brass... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Viva Verdi
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD set
Bought for my husband who was delighted with it. Arrived when expected. In good condition, met all his expectations, he knew and enjoyed the singers
Published 16 months ago by Mrs j m vials
5.0 out of 5 stars Rigoletto
A superb recording of this opera. Joan Sutherland and Pavarotti together with Sherrill Milnes are at their very best. A big plus was having a synopsis of the plot included. Read more
Published 18 months ago by singer
5.0 out of 5 stars La Stupenda
Joan Sutherland or Maria Callas? I still can't make up my mind but Sutherland's Gualtier Maldè is simply breathtaking. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by Belcanto
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A very clear recording of cream of the top opera singers. A real treat to have this whenever one wants to sit back and enjoy first class performance.
Published on 26 Nov 2010 by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is the Rigoletto of Rigolettos. Sutherland is in supreme voice, not at all too mature-sounding as some reviewers here have commented. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by Guy Whit
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb in every respect
This superb CD was originally recorded in 1971 and to prove it, an impossibly young-looking Luciano Pavarotti adorns the front cover. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2008 by Mr. R. D. M. Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cd in my colection, perfect in every respect
Pavarotti in his prime in the role he embodied perfectly, bringing the wicked Ducca a charm that adds a whole new dimension to his lecherous wickedness, and he has in la Stupenda a... Read more
Published on 9 May 2008 by jenni4
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
If you are searching for a superlative Rigoletto on purely musical terms, then look no further. Pavarotti is exciting as Il Duca, Milnes's Rigoletto is the angriest I have ever... Read more
Published on 4 July 2007 by A music fan
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