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4.0 out of 5 stars The 1987 ERNANI, 15 Oct 2007
This review is from: Verdi: Ernani (Audio CD)
Only the men - Pavarotti (Ernani), Nucci (Don Carlo) and Burchuladze (Silva) - are entirely satisfactory. Not that Sutherland (Elvira) is miscast (or that I criticize her singing because I'm not a fan), but for a soprano who retired three years later, it was frankly too late, her voice betraying signs of wobbly strain throughout: worse, she's more closely miked than her colleagues, though (her poor diction apart) she sings with commitment. The performance's real star is Nucci: I'm now undecided as to whether he, Bruson or Cappuccilli is my favourite Don Carlo, but it's worth getting this set for him alone. Burchuladze's memorable Slavic Silva isn't unlike Christoff's, but definitely not a carbon copy. The WNO chorus and orchestra perform excitingly under the slightly erratic direction of Bonynge, who allows his singers, notably Sutherland, to interpolate (for purists, this could be a bit irritating, though the familiar phrases are spine-tinglingly defamiliarized). The Act 2 finale in this note-complete recording is that specially composed for the Russian tenor Nicolai Ivanov: Pavarotti sings this scene flawlessly, though the rousing cabaletta to his lovely aria 'Odi il voto' is rather slow. Sutherland fans will certainly find plenty to enjoy here, but I really wish another (much younger) soprano were engaged (eg Daniela Dessi or Mariella Devia). Rating: 3 1/2 stars.
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