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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly cast, brilliantly performed, only one problem, 1 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto (Audio CD)
Kubelik isn't normally thought of as particularly operatic, much less an oiutstanding exponent of Verdi. But in this 1964 recording everything comes together beautifully. The relatively young Fischer Dieskau and Scotto as father and daughter balance remarkably well the more experinced Bergonzi as the philandering Duke. And Kubelik really struts his stuff with those consummate musicians of Teatro alla Scala - what else could be expected from the orchestra and chorus of arguably the greatest opera house in the world?

I have only one moan with this particular release, the lack of a printed libretto. In earlier issues, Deutsche Grammophon provided ample information, but to save on space (and presumably cost) there is just a brief synopsis in this budget priced reincarnation of a classic recording. Even so, in terms of the quality of the performances and of the technical work by Germany's finest engineers outside Mercedes Benz, this 45 year old recording has rarely been equalled and, for me, never bettered.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2015 06:33:43 BDT
I feel that we're fortunate to be able to purchase these great recordings at such knock down prices. As one format (ie CD) lingers awaiting the definitive new one which will deliver its coup de grace, we're well placed to scoop them up for peanut money. Clearly savings are going to be made by cutting out detailed booklets etc. After all, the relevant information, Italian/English libretti, is readily available on the internet. If it were a new opera or a rarely performed one then detailed info might be a prerequisite... but one would have to expect to dig a little deeper into the wallet/purse as a result. So, as far as I'm concerned, I'm overjoyed at being in a position to listen to some of the greatest performances in history at budget prices.
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