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Verdi: La Forza del Destino [Box set]

Renata Tebaldi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00000E3R2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Forzas! 11 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Certainly, there are other more popular recordings of Verdi's melancholic masterpiece (Price/Tucker, Callas/Di Stefano for example) but one should not neglect this one. It's truly wonderful. On this set we have Tebaldi's angelic voice at its finest! The "Pace, pace" alone will convince you (this is, no doubt, the best recording of this aria). Her voice often overshadows her acting abilities which are remarkably balanced and affective. She never overacts, nor does she become boring. The stentorian, dramatic instrument of Mario del Monaco gives us a heroic portrait of Don Alvaro. For sheer power, he has no rivals. Maestro Molinari-Pradelli has chosen a well tried formula so the cast is completed with Verdi experts like Bastianini, Simionato and Siepi (many Decca recordings have these supreme artists together). I especially love the Tebaldi/Siepi duet and the chorus together with Tebaldi in act II as well as the final scene of the opera. Concluding, do not hesitate to buy this set even if you already have another. Its unforgettable and of exceptional value!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD 'FORZA' WITH A 1950'S SUPERCAST 26 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recording of "La Forza del Destino" still stands up pretty well. The cast is outstanding, the sound perfectly acceptable in early stereo, and it has the advantage of being reasonably priced. It is highly unlikely that this opera could have been better cast in Europe at this time (the Metropolitan Opera would have given us Milanov, Tucker, Warren, etc, nothing to sneer at either!), and this London recording represents a typical evening at La Scala on an evening when Tebaldi would have been singing. Tebaldi is very good here, but she's still not as good as she was a little earlier on that legendary pirate recording conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos. Nor is Mario del Monaco as good here as he was on that legendary Mitropolous performance either. Still, with the support of Simionato, a really fluent mezzo, and Bastianini, one of the great baritones of his time, one can hardly go wrong with this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff of legend! 25 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I must admit, I have not been one for 'historical' performances/recordings before, always preferring the clear-cut stereo you come to expect from the classic 70s and 80s recordings, featuring such Verdi greats as Domingo, Cappuccilli, Freni, Cossotto et al, so it was with some trepidation that I paid money for this recording. But oh my goodness, am I ever glad I did! Quite why I thought stereo didn't exist in the 1950s I don't know (possibly due to some bad experiences I've had with horrifically unbalanced live recordings from the era). Listening to this recording with headphones on this morning, there are one or two 'dips' in the sound, most notably for me in the Leonora/Guardiano duet at the end of Act II, but it's nothing that I can complain about with any conviction.

This recording is made with singers who really know their stuff, and who I believe were trained to sing very much in the mould of singers for which the music was actually written in the first place. Hearing del Monaco bellow out some of his lines, such as in the duet with Bastianini just before the encampment scene, you can easily imagine what Francesco Tamango would have been like on the first night. I have heard so much about del Monaco and his apparent inability to sing quietly (the wikipedia article quotes an interview with Magda Olivero from the time they recorded the Francesca da Rimini excerpts included on Giordano: Fedora, for example), but I think this is quite unjustified - O tu che in seno agli angeli is superbly done, you can hear real feeling in his voice, which is a lot more subtle and refined than the "Brass Bull of Milan" image I was expecting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best studio recording 13 Nov 2009
By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
...although the earlier of Leontyne Price's two recordings runs it close.This is one of the three or four most satisfying recordings of this great, sprawling opera - and two of the others also feature Tebaldi. To hear her at her very best, you need to go to the legendary 1953 live set, thrillingly conducted by Mitropoulos - Del Monaco also is stunning here - but the sound is pretty rough and Aldo Protti merely adequate compared with the burnished, nut-brown tones of Bastianini. This 1955 Decca studio recording, in excellent stereo sound, is very good - I cannot believe how snooty some critics (especially my compatriot British ones who rave about weedy, effete voices like those of Pears, Bostridge and their like) are about Del Monaco in this, probably his best role after Otello; to me he is tremendous, but it has to be said that for sheer glamour, Corelli tops him in the 1958 Hardy recording with the same conductor (also available on black & white DVD) which is in good, live sound but obviously not as pleasant a listening experience as this. The cast assembled is without peer even if Molinari-Pradelli's conducting is nothing special and Tebaldi is certainly in fresher voice than in 1958. We are spoilt for choice with recordings of this opera, as, in addition to the earlier Price set, there is also the Callas version with a good, if not quite so spectacular, cast let down by Rossi-Lemeni's woolly Padre Guardiano and a baritone past his best. After over 50 years, this remains the best bet, in many ways, and it is now available on DG Originals.
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