35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 6 June 2010
Premiered at La Scala, Milan, in 1842, Nabucco is the first opera by Giuseppe Verdi to gain wide public success. No surprise given how beautiful it is. This recording, made in Vienna in 1965, featuring the Vienna Opera Orchestra and Chorus directed by Lamberto Gardelli and (among the others) the voices of Tito Gobbi (Nabucco), Bruno Previdi (Ismaele), Carlo Cava (Zaccaria), Elena Souliotis (Abigaille), Dora Carral (Fenena), is indicated by many reviewers as the best recording of Nabucco currently available. Many informative customer reviews can be found in the US Amazon website under the previous 1986 CD release (white and blue cover with title in big capital letters). I totally agree with such enthusiastic reviews: a powerful and passionate, elegant and involving interpretation of this first Verdi masterpiece. I just want to add my comments to this new 2009 CD release. It is re-mastered by Decca with 96kHz-24bit technology, has a new space saving box-set (the liner notes and libretto are inside the plastic box containing the 2 CDs and not outside as in older Decca opera CD editions), and it is offered at a lower price compared to the previous CD release. The re-mastered sound is simply glorious, as with the best Decca analogue recordings of the 60s, well defined voices, natural and balanced orchestra, powerful and amazing chorus, good dynamics. Sound, package and price, three more reasons to totally recommend this truly great and exciting interpretation of Nabucco.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2011
This was my first introduction to Verdi's first masterpiece. As an opera it has fantastic pace. Add Gobbi to the mix with his supreme interpretation (see "Chi mi toglie il regio scettro") and it is complete. Gobbi understood theatre; he infuses drama in every phrase. Then you have Elena Suliotis - one of my favourite dramatic sopranos - she is outstanding here (if you can get her Macbeth - it'll be worth the search).
Wonderful opera. Wonderful recording. Get it in your basket!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 July 2013
Verdi's first big operatic hit is a template for much that came afterwards: great orchestrations, wonderful chorus work and superb arias and duets. It is also a suitably dramatic tale of the Hebrews' bondage and everyone on this vintage recording is on top form.
on 28 October 2013
This is a very good remastering from the original LPs of this wonderful work by Verdi full of wonderful music rousing chorus music the soloists are first rate with Elena Suliotis in the main female role, this was a soprano that the world of opera thought was going to take over from Callas sadley this did not happen due to the very bad behaviour of the young singer. Her performance here shows what good artiest and singer she was with a full silver tone although at times it can be a little up and down, the other main singer on this recording is the late but wonderful Tito Gobbi, The Chorus of The Vienna State Opera are superb tour de force all the way through as are the Vienna State Opera Orchestra, the sound quality throughout is outstanding as one would expect from Decca
on 28 September 2013
this was my first encounter with "Nabucco" so I am unable to compare this recording with others. However, as a remastered version of a legendary recording made in Vienna in October 1965, it was much better than I had anticipated. There was none of the tininess in the orchestral pieces I associate with older recordings.