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This review is from: Verdi: Nabucco (Audio CD)
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.