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Verdi: La forza del destino Box set

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2011)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004LUNZ7A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Sinfonia
2. Buona notte, mia figlia
3. Temea restasse qui fino a domani
4. Me, pellegrina ed orfana
5. M'aiuti, signorina, piu presto andrem
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Disc: 2
1. Attenti al gioco, attenti, attenti al gioco
2. La vita e inferno all'infelice
3. O tu che in seno agli angeli
4. Al tradimento!
5. All'armi!
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Disc: 3
1. Fate la carita, e un'ora che aspettiamo!
2. Giunge qualcuno, aprite
3. Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo
4. Le minaccie, i fieri accenti
5. Pace, pace mio Dio!
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Disc: 4
1. Libretto
2. Synopsis

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
I'm saddened by the intemperate nature of some of the preceding reviews of this recording, so let's try to keep it objective and fair. First, no-one inflects the text and caresses those glorious melodies as affectingly as Callas although Price in 1964 and Tebaldi in the (pretty raw!) live Mitropoulos recording run her close. The infamous "flap" in Callas' voice is only occasionally in evidence and she more than compensates with heart-wrenching portamenti and thrilling excursions into her lower register. Tucker is very, very good, if occasionally guilty of his besetting fault of being too lachrymose, but the top rings out magnificently.

The rest of the cast, with the exception of Capecchi's firm, characterful Melitone, is not up to their standard, though Nicolai is wholly acceptable in the essentially irritating role of Preziosilla, with her silly tub-thumping music. Tagliabue is clearly past his best but does not disgrace himself, despite some rather nasal, laboured sounds. My one real bugbear is Rossi-Lemeni; I have never understood why he was so esteemed. The voice is woolly, unsteady, lacking centre and without the true bass gravitas the role of Padre Guardiano requires - although he certainly sounds old! Serafin's conducting is typically well-judged, in turn both pacy and intense as this gloomily beautiful music demands and you soon forget that the recording is mono, the sound being so clear, clean and brilliant.

My favourite "Forza" is still the 1964 Schippers for the all-round excellence of the cast, though the 1947 Marinuzzi (available cheaply on Naxos) is worth having as it's a real period recording with a pulsating sense of live theatre about it(and you can hear Tancredi Pasero sing the role of Padre Guardiano as it should be sung).
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Callas is always worth five stars! 22 Feb 2014
By John H. Turner - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to be able to see one of her farewell performances (at Carnegie Hall). Her voice was pretty much gone, but the artistry had survived to make us understand her. Other sopranos never quite measure up to her high standard, and the main reason is that they cannot achieve the drama in the singing, regardless of how well they might do on stage, their voices fall short. This recording amply demonstrates what I mean.
Great recording, 17 July 2014
By RSMM - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Great recording,. Callas always the greatest musician of the 20th century in any role. Tucker okay but not my first choice. Note that this edition, from Warner--which acquired the bankrupt EMI, is based on the inferior 1997 transfer, though it misleadingly has a photo of the excellent 1987 transfer diagonally on the cover.
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