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4.0 out of 5 stars A good FOSCARI supplement, 10 Mar 2010
This review is from: I Due Foscari (Audio CD)
Don't buy this FOSCARI (Turin, 1984) as your first recording of the opera, which should be that of the studio Gardelli/Philips. Though not free from performative and technical faults, I treasure this live recording on account of Bruson's moving portrayal of Francesco Foscari, fortunatley also preserved by La Scala on DVD. Nicola Martinucci - whom I knew from the Verona/La Scala DVDs of his superb Radames, Calaf, and Luigi - sings Jacopo: what an unfairly ignored tenor. Lorenza Canepa's slightly wobbly Lucrezia and Armando Caforio's Loredano are acceptable but not outstanding. The orchestra - erratically conducted by Arena - is at sea on various occasions, the singers and chorus being ahead of it. The middle-of-road digital sound and inevitable stage noises aren't as irritating as the cuts made to the score of what is (after all) an extremely short opera (only 115 minutes): the unforgivable omission of second verses and most repeats saves just a few seconds. So, get this set (no English translation of the libretto) only if you're absolutely mad about FOSCARI, my favourite early Verdi opera (I think other listeners would rate this recording poorly, as low as 2-3 stars). Gardelli's remaining the top recommendation at the moment, I hope someone (Pappano?) will break the 30-year silence following the Philips release with the following (or, indeed, any) cast: Hampson (Francesco), Alagna (Jacopo), Gheorghiu (Lucrezia), and d'Arcangelo (Loredano).
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2013 10:44:16 GMT
Peter Street says:
This review is currently posted by Amazon against the Cetra recording conducted by Giulini - to which it obviously doesn't relate. Does anyone at Amazon care about this sort of thing?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 10:55:52 GMT
Unfortunately, Amazon copies and pastes many reviews and attaches them to items simply on the basis of title, rather than performance.
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