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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have Verdi, 11 Oct 2011
This review is from: Verdi: Un ballo in maschera - The Sony Opera House (Audio CD)
There are lots of recordings of this great Verdi opera but this is one of the best. Price's voice is, as usual, comfortable and velvety in the Verdi repertoire - here she has two wonderful arias to demonstrate the fact. Bergonzi is not a Manrico but he is every inch a Riccardo, and Merrill is one of the top three Verdi baritones (with Milnes and Gobbi - Bastianini and Macneil are close by). Verrett is right on the button, although Ulrica is a small part for such a wonderful voice. The sound is top-notch and Leinsdorf seemed to have an affinity with Verdi's scores. At this price you can't fail.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surely on eof the finest Ballos on disc, 21 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Verdi: Un ballo in maschera - The Sony Opera House (Audio CD)
This is surely one of the finest Ballos on disc. Leontyne Price is at her finest, which is to say she is incomparable. Carlo Bergonzi is very stylish, musical and involved. Maybe not as thrilling as, say, Bjorling, but who is? Roberrt Merrill is his usual reliable self, and Shirley Verrett, as the sorceress Ulrica, almost steals the show in her brief appearance. Leinsdorf, not usually my favourite conductor, does well here. The sound is very satisfactory, with good balance between voices and orchestra.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feast of singing, 13 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Verdi: Un ballo in maschera - The Sony Opera House (Audio CD)
Still a marvellous version after all these years. Superb singing, good sound and a wide range of dynamics from lyrical to viscerally exciting. All at such a reasonable price!
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