A performance which encapsulates the music of Verdi and his desire to project the feeling of Shakespeare. This "reduced" version provides us with a swift moving and clear idea of what Verdi was after. One can well understand why Toscanini was so moved by his chance to play this, the last of Verdi's operas, in Verdi's birthplace as a tribute to the composer he so much adored. Brilliantly conducted by Muti in a manner which I am sure would have pleased not only Toscanini but Verdi himself. The cast, the production and the performance produce a rounded and very satisfactory version of this work. It sits well alongside those of Toscanaini himself from Salzburg and the NBC.