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on 5 February 2013
I will make an effort to review this properly in time, but I received it today and I already know that the performances are about the best you can get for post-mono renditions of Verdi's output, and that Decca (Universal) have made some loving effort to create a comprehensive product. It looks very nice as well.
I'm writing a premature review as some potential buyers are, I know, concerned about whether or not there are texts and translations included, perhaps on a CD rom or via a link to a website. Alas I have to inform you that all you get are detailed cued synopses. I don't know how easy it is to get translations of Verdi libretti on the net (it might be easier than I think) but if you are thinking of consolidating your collection you might bear this in mind and hang on to some of your booklets... Anyhow this is much better than most of the Wagner anniversary issues ( and frankly I can't think of a better comprehensive and consolidated opera issue to acquire). I'll now go listen to more and see if my judgment changes, but my feeling is that *at the price* the lack of libretti is understandable given that the recordings here are mostly pretty recent...