Verdi: Otello
 
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Verdi: Otello

28 Nov 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Release Date: 28 Nov 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 1986 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 2:21:09
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  • ASIN: B001JL0V7G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,833 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Pedant on 24 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD
This recording seems to have been forgotten, but it might just be my favourite Otello. The only downsides are the absence of the last degree of dramatic commitment from Cossutta and the slightly worn nature of Bacquier's (Iago) top notes here: if only he'd recorded it a few years earlier.
Now to the pluses: Cossutta has exactly the right sort of voice for the part, Bacquier is cunning and highly dramatic and Price is simply magnificent. The Cassio, for once is a major voice: Petr Dvorsky and this really tells in the ensembles: he's not the only comprimario role that is well cast but he is the standout. Which brings me to the trump cards: some of Solti's Verdi recordings (perhaps also his Wagnerian ones?) show a tendency to overreact to incidental details. Here he is more classical and more powerful at once and has a fantastic orchestra and chorus at his disposal. The Wiener Philharmoniker is in top form (quite something, that), the Staatsopernchor hardly less so and they're captured in stunning Decca late analogue sound.
If you need to be convinced try to sample the Act 3 duet for Otello and Desdemona, "Dio ti giocondi, o sposo" for the voices and the ensemble "Viva Otello" that comes after the following scene with Iago. Price and Cossutta spar brilliantly and do it all from the notes. In the ensemble, the antiphonal trumpets and the chorus in full cry ought to curl your toes, the Staatsopernchor sopranos soar right up to a top C without any difficulty.
There are other great recordings of the piece, including several by "you-know-who" but even they can't shake this one for me. By the end the sense of tragedy is overwhelming.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J J. Mayhew on 30 Jan 2012
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Domingo has recorded the role of Otello several times but here he is in his absolute prime, old enough to fully understand and interpret the part, young enough to bleaze forth when called for. Unlike another reviewer I find no fault in the recording quality at all - it is dazzlingly wide-ranging. Diaz may not match Gobbi as Iago, but he is oily and manipulative enough and sings beautifully. And if there is a lovelier Desdemona on disc than Katia Ricciarelli, I have not heard it! Her floated pianissimi are really something extraordinary and she radiates goodness and purity, while still having the spinto power the part often demands.

Maazel's conducting has caused some controversy, but he carries the drama along with undoubted flair. Recorded as a soundtrack to the Zeffirelli film, this, unlike the movie itself, is complete in case you wondered. With La Scala's orchestra and chorus, it's a sumptuous and authentic sound that wraps around the principles. The minor roles are not star players, but join in with the drama, which is what matters. It's the recording of the opera I play most often.
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