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  • Performer: Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Lucia Popp
  • Orchestra: Berlin Opera
  • Conductor: Guiseppe Sinopoli
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (30 Dec. 1983)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G4N
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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The highlight of this recording, and the main reason to buy it, in my opinion, is the Berlin Opera Orchestra and chorus under the late, great Giuseppe Sinopoli. They are magnificent, offering power, subtlety and pace.

The points against this recording here are:

Cappuccilli, as Nabucco, is not as imposing as Manuguerra on EMI, and certainly not the actor that Gobbi is on Decca. Yes, Gobbi resorts to falsetto in "Chi mi toglie il regio scettro" but it makes wonderful theatre and is far preferable to Cappuccilli's trapped sound, which he continually uses to try and feign control and subtlety.

Abigaille is the most testing of soprano roles (perhaps THE most testing) but steer clear of Dimitrova here, and Scotto on EMI, who will make you wince at their forced upper register. Elena Suliotis on Decca is the definitive Abigaille - power, control and a terrific presence.

Nesterenko, as Zaccaria, is better than the out-of-sorts Ghiaurov on EMI, and Domingo a more romantic Ismaele than Prevedi, but all things considered, if you want one recording of this magnificent Verdi masterpiece it has to be Gobbi and Suliotis on Decca.
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Great vocal performances led by Capuccilli, Giuarov and the wonderful Dimitrova here in a rare studio recording. Sinopolli is a little heavy handed and prone to overdrive but doesn't spoil the show here.
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I am afraid I cannot wholly agree with either of the previous reviewers. I accept A Customer's point that Shannon O'Hara has committed a glaring error in her dating of this recording (1960s rather than the actual date of 1986), but neither can I concur that Ms O'Hara's comments are a "drooling non-review".

Given that it effectively launched Verdi's career in 1843, this work seems ill served in the recording studio. Alongside this recording there is an older version by Lamberto Gardelli and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra & Chorus with Gobbi in the title role and a 2004 recording that I have yet to audition.

Abigaille is a difficult role at the best of times. Since Giuseppina Strepponi (later to become the second Mrs. Verdi) premiered the role, there has been no definitive Abigaille. Dimitrova, who fulfils the role in this recording is workmanlike but hardly virtuoso, in contrast to Cappucilli's inspired Nabucco and the usual impeccable readings from Ghiaurov and Domingo.

Although this was recorded during Sinopoli's principal conductorship (1984-1994) of the Philharmonia, this recording is with the Chorus and Orchestra of Deutschen Oper Berlin (then in Communist hands since it was three years before the Berlin Wall fell). I understand that Sinopoli himself was considered as a successor to Sir Colin Davis at Covent Garden before Haitink captured that particular gem of an appointment. This is one of the several fine opera recordings Sinopoli gave us during the 1980s. It comfortably stands comparison with any other recording I have heard of a work that hugely influenced its composer's career and, through Strepponi, his personal life after the tragic two years that saw the deaths of both his children quickly followed by that of his first wife.
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Sinopoli's "Nabucco" has the bad luck to have been preceded by two great accounts -- Gardelli's, with Gobbi and Souliotis from 1965, and Muti's with Manuguerra and Scotto from 1978. Both conductors are in touch with the crude energy of this early opera, written when Verdi was only 27, and if Sinopoli has a fault it might be that his reading lacks that energy and goes for full and beautiful sound. Also beautiful is Cappuccilli's Nabucco. Just as pure singing, it is the best on record -- lovely rounded tone, superb breath control and, subsequently, long elegant phrases. What it lacks is some of the dramatic verve that Gobbi and Manuguerra command, but ideally Verdi lovers will want this account too. When you're in a certain mood, there's no greater pleasure than hearing Cappuccilli spin long phrases.

The rest of the cast is very solid -- Dimitrova can't quite match the security of Souliotis (in her single great recording) or the Callas-like commitment of Scotto in her superb account of Abigaille, but Domingo as Ismaele and Nesterenko as Zachariah are excellent, as is Valentini-Terrani's Fenena. Warm digital sound, good choral work -- if not quite as expressive as Muti's chorus, who give us the best "Va pensiero" on record. In Act 3, one of the greatest acts that Verdi ever wrote, the drama is effectively conveyed -- but in either of the other two accounts, the temperature is notably warmer and the tension tighter. Still . . . well worth acquiring . . . it's one of my very favorite Verdi operas, and I'll take as many good accounts as I can get!
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A bracing rendition of nabucco. The rendition of gobbi was arresting but uneven. Subs sequ. eentrycappuccilli has been the outstanding Italian baritone, memorable especially in Verdi, Domingo surpasses prevedi and nestorenko is magisterial
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A thoroughly enjoyable recording. Sinopoli is a conductor i really admire in Wagner and Richard Strauss. When it gets to early Verdi I've yet to be convinced.
My main problem with this recording is Domingo. When he's singing the acoustics sound different. Was he there at the same time as everyone else?
That aside this is a good recording
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