Otello (Toscanini, NBC So, Vinay, Nelli) Double CD
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Verdi: Otello / Toscanini, Merriman, Vinay, Valdengo, Nelli . Release Date: 09/28/1998 Label: Lyrica . Catalog #: 01095 . Spars Code: ADD . Composer: Giuseppe Verdi . Performer: Nan Merriman, Arthur Newman, Leslie Chabay, Ramon Vinay, ... Conductor: Arturo Toscanini . Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Chorus, NBC Symphony Orchestra . Number of Discs: 2 . Recorded in: Mono . Length: 1 Hours 26 Mins. Works on This Recording: 1. Otello by Giuseppe Verdi Performer: Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano), Arthur Newman (Bass), Leslie Chabay (Tenor), Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Giuseppe Valdengo (Baritone), Virginio Assandri (Tenor), Herva Nelli (Soprano), Nicola Moscona (Bass) Conductor: Arturo Toscanini Orchestra/Ensemble: NBC Symphony Chorus, NBC Symphony Orchestra Period: Romantic Written: 1887; Italy Date of Recording: 12/1947 Language: Italian
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I am not alone, of course, and there are abundant recordings, both audio and video, to vouch for this. The choices, then, are not so easy. I have regularly feasted on this supreme work for over half a century and yet had never heard the Toscanini.
I ultimately decided to 'audition ' it as I am so fed up with wobbling singers these days. ' Go back to days when there were still great singers' I thought. I had heard Vinay, Browenstein (and Sutherland) and Gobbi in the principal roles - indeed I appeared in the Covent Garden production with these singers. Vinay might have been vocally a bit past his prime but he was still electrifying and quite terrifying in his rages while Gre Browenstein was a beautiful and sympathetic Desdemona.
In this recording we have him at his best - and surely the best-suited to the role in recent times. Others are too light-weight, too young, too strained, too run of the mill and often not up to it.
He is well-supported by all the principals but it is Toscanini who gets the best out of the orchestra and all the cast, delivering a historic performance of white-heated, dramatic, intensity that pretty much eclipses the rest.
The sound, too, is remarkably good and nothing is lost to age. Don't be afraid of investing in this recording: you will not regret it!