This performance is full of subtlety and delight, and would be a winner at any price (let alone the bargain price currently quoted), even though the libretto is not provided. Any generation should admire Teresa Berganza and Luigi Alva (as someone has written on Wikipedia "His duets with Teresa Berganza in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola are the hallmarks of the epoch"), but this is a true all-round performance. Renato Capecchi and Paolo Montarsolo join Berganza and Alva in characterising their parts completely in a recording which brings out both the buffo elements and the serious; I really cannot stop smiling at the sad absurdity of Don Magnifico in Montarsolo's voice. Abbado's sensitivity to the singers is perfect throughout. As I write I am listening to the patter of the former, brilliantly paced by the latter, in "Sua qualunque delle figlie"; great music-making by all concerned.