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Verdi: Masked Ball (The) (Sung In English)
 
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Verdi: Masked Ball (The) (Sung In English)

1 Sep 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Sep 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2004 Chandos
  • Total Length: 2:05:58
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  • ASIN: B001MV35NA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 168,028 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Coleman on 14 Jan 2013
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Overall I think this is a very nice recording, the most controversial issue is the fact that it is in English so I'll just move on to that.

In my opinion it's good to hear it in English (assuming you don't understand Italian). I enjoy hearing how to the characters express themselves in words, until hearing the translation I had misunderstood some of the characters' positions. For example at the start of the third Act I thought the conspirators draw lots because no one wants to do the deed. However, hearing the translation I understand they are competing for the chance. This added a new dimension to the characters' feelings and intentions (Renato's in particular). Although hearing it in English can be painful at times, this would probably hold true for all operas. I would warn you that once you have heard it in English, you cannot unhear it. Whenever I listen to it in Italian I think of the this translation.

On another point I disagree with the contention that it is a poor story. I think it's a perfectly good tragedy where characters do interesting and sometimes unexpected things.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent English-language recording of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera 24 Feb 2014
By Zeldock - Published on Amazon.com
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"Un Ballo in Maschera" ("A Masked Ball") has been described by Lord Harewood as "arguably the most completely achieved opera of Verdi's later middle period: less diffuse than 'Forza,' higher spirited and more consistent than 'Simon Boccanegra,' more economical and fuller of primary Italianate qualities than the even greater 'Don Carlo.'" For my money, it also contains the single greatest act in all of Italian opera.

This English-language recording captures the opera's high spirit and Italianate qualities beautifully. As is typical of Chandos's Opera-in-English offerings, the sonics are top-notch. Under David Parry, the London Philharmonic brings out both the youthful liberality of Gustavus III's court and the overarching sense of foreboding. Dennis O'Neill may not have the prettiest voice among those who have recorded the role of Gustavus, but his characterization is excellent. Susan Patterson, as Amelia, and Anthony Michaels-Moore, as Anckarstroem, sound terrific and convincing. The American mezzo Jill Grove, as Ulrike, also sounds lovely, although her interpretation is perhaps a bit too subtle.

Highly recommended.
12 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Better off not knowing 31 Jan 2005
By Tom Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While I am a fan of the Opera In English series, it is hard to like A Masked Ball in any language. Hearing it in English only emphasizes how lame the plot is. Chandos restores the setting to Sweden as originally intended by Verdi, but it doesn't enhance the story much. King Gustavus III is making a move on his best friend's wife; Amelia is torn between two lovers; when her husband finds out there is blood to pay. It's hard to find a sympathetic character or any noble moments in this melodrama. I have to skip the first scene of Act I when listening to this opera. I find the melody of the choral opening, which starts with the dominant chord moving to the tonic and back and forth, to be klunky. Gustavus' chromatically winding love melody sounds contrived and not Verdi's best work.

As for the cast... It is hard to believe that there is not another dramatic tenor in the English-speaking world that Chandos can sign other than Dennis O'Neill. His tone is strained and his vocal line inelegant. He is ready for retirement and I look forward to new talent in future recordings. If I am indifferent to Susan Patterson's Amelia, Jill Grove's Ulrike leaves me cold. She uses technique to sing all the notes of the fortune teller, but she is not connected to the text. This is puzzling since she is singing in her native language.

Anthony Michaels-Moore is fine as Count Anckarstroem (Amelia's husband) but after wading through so much tediousness his performance is lost on me. Linda Richardson has a plummier voice than I would have expected for the trouser role of Oscar, but again I'm not paying much attention by the time her/his arias come around. The only performer who seems to inhabit his role is Roland Wood as Cristian, a sailor in the King's Navy. His brief scene in the fortune teller's cave is compelling but you have to dig eight names down on the list of principal singers to find someone who is fully "there".

The orchestra under David Parry gives some fine shaping to the overture, but since this is a precapitulation of the above-mentioned melodies in the first scene it pains me to listen. This recording is also not up to the usual production values of Brian and Ralph Couzens. Gustavus retreats to a corner of Urlike's cave and never seems to reemerge for the rest of the scene; his recording level is undermixed. Also, the singers are continually a quarter beat out of sync with the offstage band in the final act.

In summary, this is a disappointing rendition of A Masked Ball. I recommend instead the RCA Victor performance of Un ballo in maschera with Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price and Robert Merrill. It is a dream cast of classy, elegant singers. On top of that you get Shirley Verrett making a meal of the role of Ulrica, and Reri Grist as a laser-sharp Oscar. Just be sure to throw away the libretto and start with Act I, scene 2.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
No..... 6 Nov 2005
By Johnathan Flanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Verdi should never EVER be performed in English (or any other language besides Italiano for that matter. It's like reading Shakespeare in Chinese. Just doesn't work. Awful.
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