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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest available recordings of a Verdi opera, 5 Jun 2000
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This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
Along with Abbaddo's recording of Simon Boccanegra, also on DG, this set stands as a fitting testament to the conductor's tenure at La Scala in the 70s. The true sense of ensemble between the principals is clearly audible, and Cappuccilli and Verrett enjoy a rare chemistry as the guilt-wracked royal couple.
The great baritone was sometimes accused of relying too much on the sheer beauty of his instrument at the expense of dramatic involvement, but there is no sign of that fault here. Listen to the way he and Abbaddo build the tension in the recitative prior to Duncan's murder, or the breathless helplessness he conveys in the subsequent duet with Verrett.
Warmer and more italianate than Nilson (Decca), more verbally alert than Cossotto (EMI), and mercifully free of the exaggerated 'effects' employed by Zampieri (Phillips), Verrett covers the emotional gamut with Callas-like incisiveness and yet rarely displays strain in the high-lying tessitura.
Domingo and Ghiaurov are splendid in their arias, the former's following a spell-binding "O patria oppressa" from the Scala chorus.
For those who prefer their Verdi fast and furious, there is Muti on EMI with a fine cast (Milnes, Cossotto and Carreras - I find Raimondi's Banquo vapid). For me, neither that nor any other issue come near the ideal combination of subtlety and theatricality achieved here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achievement over the time, 30 Mar 2012
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Rufina Noor - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
This masterpice was recorded in 1976 ,and until today there is no recording of the same value !"Macbeth," "Boccanegra ," "Aida " and "Un ballo in mascera" under Abbado`s baton-this is the golden time of La Scala ! (Chorus master is Romano Gandolfi!)
If You like opera ,You must have all this recordings.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply fabulous, 21 May 2010
This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
I love the atmosphere in this music anyway. But I actually needed a great recording to help learn the score. Good music loses too much in download form so I wanted the CD version. This is everything I hoped it would be. Easy enough to go straight to the track I needed and the clarity and quality was excellent. The sense of drama was there throughout and absolutely every voice was precise, clearly articulated and beautifully phrased. I had checked a range of reviews of different recordings on line before selecting this one and I am very pleased I did as I cannot fault it. It has been played everywhere and is a magnificent companion (at full throttle) for long motorway journeys. And equally for cold,dark evenings in front of the fire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Regarding Macbeth,and many other cd,s i have from you., 22 May 2014
This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
To everybody who lovs Opera. Here with some of the greatest singers the world have given uss.

Regards
Brynjar Hoff
Principal oboe in The Norwegian Opera,and Oslo Philharmonic.

Website: brynjarhoff.no
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 23 April 2014
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Dr. David Flynn (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
What a recording - Verrett is stunning and vocally excellent. Was definitely at her best when this was done - her two big arias are super. An all star cast - who wouldn't have this as part of their collection.
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, but..., 19 Sep 2009
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Richard di Calatrava (Dorchester, Dorset, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
Just listen to one of the transfers (Myto, Opera d'Oro...) of a LIVE performance with this crew (minus Domingo; Franco Tagliavini is a very acceptable substitute)and see what this studio version lacks!
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Macbeth Opera, 7 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Verdi: Macbeth (DG The Originals) (Audio CD)
There was a limited number of CDs from which I could choose. I would have liked to have a better range, but I quite enjoyed this "not very often performed" opera.
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