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Sinopoli, we miss you.
on 14 July 2013
The highlight of this recording, and the main reason to buy it, in my opinion, is the Berlin Opera Orchestra and chorus under the late, great Giuseppe Sinopoli. They are magnificent, offering power, subtlety and pace.
The points against this recording here are:
Cappuccilli, as Nabucco, is not as imposing as Manuguerra on EMI, and certainly not the actor that Gobbi is on Decca. Yes, Gobbi resorts to falsetto in "Chi mi toglie il regio scettro" but it makes wonderful theatre and is far preferable to Cappuccilli's trapped sound, which he continually uses to try and feign control and subtlety.
Abigaille is the most testing of soprano roles (perhaps THE most testing) but steer clear of Dimitrova here, and Scotto on EMI, who will make you wince at their forced upper register. Elena Suliotis on Decca is the definitive Abigaille - power, control and a terrific presence.
Nesterenko, as Zaccaria, is better than the out-of-sorts Ghiaurov on EMI, and Domingo a more romantic Ismaele than Prevedi, but all things considered, if you want one recording of this magnificent Verdi masterpiece it has to be Gobbi and Suliotis on Decca.