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  • Audio CD (2 May 1985)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041Q2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Verdi: Rigoletto - Overture (Preludio)Richard Bonynge 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - Introduzione. "Della mia bella incognita borghese"Richard Bonynge 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Questa o quella...Partite? Crudele!"Sherrill Milnes 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Gran nuova! Gran nuova!" - "Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa" (Scena e Coro)Sherrill Milnes 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Ch'io gli parti...Voi congiuraste contro noi"Sherrill Milnes 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Quel vecchio maledivami...Va, non ho niente"Sherrill Milnes 4:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena e Duetto. "Pari siamo"Sherrill Milnes 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Figlia..Mio padre!"..."Quanto dolor"Sherrill Milnes 6:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Veglia, o donna, questa fior"Sherrill Milnes 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Giovanni, ho dei rimorsi...E il sol dell'anima"Richard Bonynge 5:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Che m'ami, deh, ripetimi" - "Addio... speranza ed anima"London Symphony Orchestra 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena ed Aria. "Gualtier Maldè" - "Caro nome"London Symphony Orchestra 6:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena e Coro - Finale I. "Riedo!... Perché?"Sherrill Milnes 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Zitti, zitti...Soccorso, padre mio"Sherrill Milnes 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime"London Symphony Orchestra 4:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Duca, duca!"..."Scorrendo uniti"London Symphony Orchestra 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Possente amor"London Symphony Orchestra 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - Scena ed Aria. "Povero Rigoletto!" "La rà, la rà"Sherrill Milnes 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata...Ebben piango"Sherrill Milnes 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Mio padre!...Compiuto pur quanto"Sherrill Milnes 8:53£1.09  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Schiudete, ire al carcere"Sherrill Milnes 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - Scena e Canzona. "E l'ami!"Sherrill Milnes 2:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile" - "E là il vostr'uomo"Sherrill Milnes 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Un dì, se ben rammentomi"Sherrill Milnes 1:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Bella figlia dell'amore...M'odi, ritorna a casa"Sherrill Milnes 4:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Venti scudi hai tu detto"Sherrill Milnes 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Ah, più non ragiono!..."London Symphony Orchestra 5:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Della vendetta alfin...Chi è mai"Sherrill Milnes 6:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "V'ho ingannato" - "Lassù... in cielo"Sherrill Milnes 4:27£0.79  Buy MP3 

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branidisco 1ascolta 30''1.preludioascolta2.della mia bella incognita borgheseascolta3.questa o quella per me pari sonoascolta4.gran nuova! gran nuova!ascolta5.ch'io gli parliascolta6.quel vecchio maledivami!ascolta7.pari siamo!ascolta8.figlia! mio padre!ascolta9.ah! veglia, o donnaascolta10.giovanna, ho dei rimorsiascolta11.che m'ami, deh, ripetimiascolta12.gualtier malde...caro nomeascolta13.riedo! perche'?ascolta14.zitti, zittiascoltadisco 2ascolta 30''1.ella mi fu rapita!ascolta2.duca, duca!ascolta3.possente arnor mi chiamaascolta4.povero rigoletto!ascolta5.cortigiani, vil razza dannataascolta6.mio padre!...tutte le feste al tempioascolta7.schiudete, ire al carcereascolta8.e l'ami?ascolta9.la donna e' mobileascolta10.un di', se ben rarnmentorniascolta11.bella figlia dell'arnoreascolta12.venti scudi hai tu detto?ascolta13.ah, piu' non ragiono!ascolta14.della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante!ascolta15.v'ho ingannato, colpev

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This Rigoletto has been around for so long it might be easy to take it for granted or skip it for a newer set. Don't! It features all three principals in superb voice, as well as pacing from Bonynge that is much heavier on drama than most of us expect from him. Sutherland may sound a bit mature (and mush-mouthed) for Gilda, but not only is she sympathetic, she sings gorgeously. And speaking of gorgeous, those familiar only with the Pavarotti of latter years would be wise to hear him here--this is stylish, full-blooded, Golden Age singing. The beautifully round tone, the easy high notes, the impeccable diction, and the pointed characterisation are unique. Milnes, in the title role, is also in splendid voice, offering smooth legato, brilliant, Verdian ring and real attention to the text. The analogue sound is excellent. No other modern recording offers the visceral thrill of this Rigoletto--go for it. --Robert Levine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mhr on 5 July 2013
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This is a reissue of an excellent historic recording made by Ricordi in 1960. The experienced conductor and all Italian principal singers are at the peak of their powers. Ettore Bastianini (Rigoletto) is certainly one of the best Rigolettos I have listened to - at once cynical as a court jester and tender and caring as a father. Renata Scotto's voice as Gilda has the right timbre with a touch of innocence and sadness. Finally, Alfred Kraus (Duke) sings with a superb and full voice which never sounds vulgar that can easily happen in this role.

But, what distinguishes this recording is the conducting by Gavazzeni; it is excellent with very well-chosen tempi. Verdi's and Piave's drama unfolds naturally under his baton.

The original stereo recording was digitally rematered very well, although you need to raise the volume level a little. I already own an earlier CD version by Ricordi, issued by BMG. Its sound quality was rather indifferent, but the new remastering by Andromeda produced a lot of improvements.

Also, the discs have many more tracks compared with the Ricordi version which had only about a dozen tracks. Finally, there is no booklet with translations of the libretto, but it does not make any difference to me since I already have translations for other recordings.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By celadon273 on 16 Dec. 2011
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This is a rather special recording for me as it was the first full opera that I bought, aged 15. Listening to it again some twenty odd years later I have to say it hasn't lost any of its original charm. Firstly the opera its self is just a joyous thing. One of the most consistently tuneful works that Verdi composed. The key cast members have all been accused of a lack of conviction in the past, but let's face it, that's probably not why you are listening to Rigoletto in the first place. It's a work that scales the heights of dramatic improbability and there's a very good reason why the Hugo play upon which it is based has been more or less forgotten. It's Verdi's musical inspiration that keeps this work in the repertoire.

Of the cast, Pavarotti sings one of his perfect roles here and at a time when his voice was flawless. Likewise with Sutherland, beautiful singing and every now and again she forgets herself and sings the odd consonant, especially in the first act duet with Rigoletto. She even rolls the initial "R" in 'Caro nome'. I've always enjoyed Sherril Milnes' voice. He may not be Tito Gobbi, but he has a rich sound and seems to be living in the role. The two relatively minor roles of Sparafucile (Martti Talvella) and Maddalena (Huguette Tourangeau) are both superb and even the cameo role of the Countessa Ceprano is taken by a young Kiri te Kanawa. There really isn't a weak link in the singing (perhaps a slightly wobbly Gillian Knight as the nurse Giovanna, but surely we can forgive that).

There's not much not to recommend about this performance. It's an opera that saw it's composer inspired to produce some of his finest music.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alberto Velez Grilo on 12 Feb. 2003
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If someone wants to know what opera is about, then this is the first one to hear.
Rigoletto is a very beautiful opera, with a wonderful story.
First we have Milnes as Rigoletto. He is in top form and makes us fill his sadness and the terrible "Malidicione".
Pavarotti is my favorite "Duca". The high D at the end of "Possente Amor" makes me think how can he goes so high.
The point of discussion in many of the reviews is Dame Joan Sutherland's Gilda. Sutherland is a "big girl" with a supreme voice and the best technique ever, and Gilda is a delicate young girl. Of course Callas fans allways put down Sutherland, and vice-versa. So Sutherland has the voice and Callas the acting skills. I personly prefer Sutherland's Gilda over Callas, but thats only my opinion. I think them both deserve the Voice of XX century title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. M. Wheat on 18 Jun. 2013
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This was a good buy. A nice selection of the most popular tracks, beautifully sung. Very good value for money.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Cornelius Driessen on 23 Mar. 2006
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A stunning performance of one of the greatest operas, recorded over 30 years ago (in 1971). Pavarotti is splendid as a young & confident Duke while Milnes came as a revelation as Rigoletto. Sutherland's singing is effortlessly flawless, which in no way sounds too old for me (it remains deceptively young while having the depth that comes with years of practice). If her singing is slightly short on the pronunciation or dramatic side it remains divine.
Normally Rigoletto is my second favorite opera (after Don Giovanni), though while listening to this recording it coasts to number one. I do not remember hearing a finer rendition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Devlin on 6 Dec. 2013
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I re-discovered Verdi's genius when I saw the movie "Quartet" and ordered this for all the highlights. It surpassed all my expectations. It is so beautiful sung by the best of voices. I love this addition to my classical CD collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Georgios Xenias on 31 Mar. 2007
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This was one of DECCA's super-cast performances of the '60s and '70s, intended to give "definitive" interpretations of the works recorded. Unfortunately, this time the mark was missed by a small margin.
The greatest problem is Richard Bonynge. Though Rigoletto is NOT a conductor's opera, a good conductor is required to create the proper mood and to assist the singers in making this very old-fashioned tale, sound believable and vital. Mr Bonynge with his "historic" approach does everything in his power to stress the old-fashioned elements in Verdi's score and constantly underplays the dramatic aspects of the work.
Sherrill Milnes was never an ideal Verdi baritone in the traditional sense. The voice had a sharp edge, the sound lacked the uniformity and authority of a true dramatic baritone and there was often a tenor ring to his, otherwise very impressive, high register. Still, he was a great artist, -not only a great actor (as is the case with Gobbi,) but also a great SINGER. His musicianship is fascinating, his phrasing has an irresistible charm and, of course, his portrayal is mesmerizing. I think he is one of the greatest Rigolettos on record.
Luciano Pavarotti, naturally, is THE Duke of Mantua. The sound of the voice alone carries all the qualities that are needed to portray this irresistible cad. Pavarotti sounds youthfull, charming, suave and passionate. Above all, he sounds Italian. There is that special feelling in every note he utters, that reminds us that this art is part of his heritage, -perhaps part of his DNA. No need to add that, this being 1971, he is in spectacular form and his high notes are breath-taking.
Unfortunately, this recording comes rather late in Joan Sutherland's carreer.
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