Rigoletto (Libretto Incluso) Import
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First, the 1954 mono sound has now been immeasurably improved from earlier issues, when it was harsh and strident. It is now clean, with the voices well forward and offers little distortion in climaxes. Then we have the quality of both the singing and the conducting. Angelo Questa presided over many admirable Cetra recordings, including a very recommendable 1956 "Aida" with a young Corelli; here he directs a subtle, unfussy, wholly idiomatic performance with an orchestra and chorus who have the music and language in their blood.
Many collectors and opera buffs will want this recording for both Taddei at his best and Ferruccio Tagliavini, a tenore di grazia, famous for his honeyed mezza voce and head tones who nonetheless had steel in his tone when he needed it. The frequency with which he resorts to those quieter effects might take a modern listener, more used to the Pavarotti approach to this role - all brilliance and verve - a little by surprise - but it is musically and dramatically very effective and perhaps preferable to Di Stefano's more effortful delivery.
Taddei's characterisation is less biting than Gobbi's but richer of voice and just as subtle. He is very moving in his appeal to the courtiers and capable of powerful scorn, too; I love both his and Gobbi's assumptions.Read more ›
This is a faithful reading of the score, so don't get this if you want your top B at the end of "La Donna e mobile" or the other interloped stuff. That said here is a great line up of singers. Shicoff is a tad heavy for the Duke, but his voice is a pleasure to hear. Gruberova is in her element as Gilda, and the coloratura passages made easy. Bruson never possessed a good lower register and if you can hear through his whistling 's' you'll hear a great interpreter, though not quite the best (for that it's Merrill, Milnes, Gobbi, Taddei or MacNeil).
Nonetheless, this is a great recording and has been reissued many times. If you look around you may get one for a fiver. A bargain.
The richness of Taddei's prine life voice and its musical allure alone is enough for this reader.So add the rest of the cast!
This is a wonderful release and by far the most ideal Rigoletto on disc.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Five recordings of this opera come up on my screen and four of them have the same reviews?Published 11 months ago by Donald G. Holden
Fans of Merrill and Moffo will not be disappointed by this set. The young Kraus sounds fresh and ardent. Solti drives his usual verdian intensity. Read morePublished on 10 Jun. 2014 by dacochrane