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Verdi - Otello / Pavarotti . Te Kanawa . Nucci . CSO . Solti Box set, Live

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  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Kiri Te Kanawa, Leo Nucci, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Alan Opie
  • Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Live
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041ZN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Decca, 433669-2, Track listing: Atto I 1-1 Una Vela! Una Vela! 4:17 1-2 Esultate! 2:25 1-3 Roderigo, Ebben Che Pensi? 2:22 1-4 Fuoco Di Gioia! 2:51 1-5 Roderigo, Beviam! 1:19 1-6 Innaffia L'Ugola, Trinca, Tracanna 3:56 1-7 Capitano, V'Attende La Fazione Ai Baluardi 1:16 1-8 Abbasso Le Spade! 2:56 1-9 Già Nella Notte Densa 9:31 Atto II 1-10 Non Ti Crucciar 2:23 1-11 Vanne! La Tua Metà Già Vedo 0:27 1-12 Credo In Un Dio Crudel 4:57 1-13 Ciò M'Accora 5:00 1-14 Dove Guardi Splendono 4:01 1-15 D'Un Uom Che Geme Sotto Il Tuo Disdegno 1:48 1-16 Se Inconscia, Contro Te, Sposo, Ho Peccato 2:54 1-17 Desdemona Rea! 0:42 1-18 Tu?! Indietro! Fuggi!! 0:50 1-19 Ora E Per Sempre Addio 0:56 1-20 Pace, Signor 2:24 1-21 Era La Notte, Cassio Dorma 2:06 1-22 Oh! Mostruosa Colpa! 1:38 1-23 Si, Pel Ciel Marmoreo Giuro! 2:16 Atto III 2-1 La Vedetta Del Porto Ha Segnalato 1:26 2-2 Continua 1:09 2-3 Dio Ti Giocondi, O Sposo 4:34 2-4 Esterefatta Fisso 4:53 2-5 Dio! Mi Potevi Scagliar 3:11 2-6 Cassio È Là! 0:46 2-7 Vieni; L'Aula È Deserta 0:48 2-8 ... E Intanto, Giacchè Non Si Stanca Mai 4:09 2-9 Quest'È Il Segnale 2:23 2-10 Il Doge Ed Il Senato Salutano 2:54 2-11 Messeri! Il Doge... 1:43 2-12 A Terra! ... Sì... Nel Livido Fango 1:57 2-13 Quell'Innocente Un Fremito 3:54 2-14 Fuggite! 2:17 Atto IV 2-15 Era Più Calmo? 3:32 2-16 Mia Madre Aveva Una Povera Ancella 1:00 2-17 "Piangea Cantando NellErma Landa ..." 6:36 2-18 Ave Maria, Piena Di Grazia 4:45 2-19 (Otello Compare) 2:32 2-20 Diceste Questa Sera Le Vostre Preci? 2:49 2-21 Apite! Aprite! 3:08 2-22 Niun Mi Tema 4:35.

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Comparing this version with Cat No. 74321395012 with Scotto and Domingo, this version brings out the beauty of Verdi's music. Te Kanawa is a wonderfully sweet Desdemona with none of Scotto's gutterality and her voice harmonizes well with Pavarotti. Anthony Rolfe Johnson as Cassio is a treat when he appears. Only Nucci as Iago lets the cast down. He seems to be making so much effort to pump out the notes that he often seems to forget to bring across the evil of this villain. Sherrill Milnes in this role is a hard act to follow and Nucci doesn't come close. Get this version of Otello if you want some enjoyable and very lovely listening. Get the Domingo/Milnes/Scotto version if you want the full drama of the opera but with a harsher sound for Desdemona.
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This was Solti's farewell as music director of the Chicago Symphony. The audience was wildly enthusiastic and so am I. As recorded, Pavarotti's voice is by no means too light for the role: it rings out with full, golden tone and is innately moving even if Domingo is more subtle at times and better at expressing fury. Kiri Te Kanawa is at her loveliest, as she always was for Solti. The recording and orchestral sound are gorgeous. Highlights include the cello introduction to the love scene,which I have never heard so seamlessly and sensually played, and the garden scene, where the mandoline solo is magical in the way it blends with the orchestra. The only pity is that the loud "bravo" which rings out when the last chord of the opera has barely faded was not spliced out.

I have read a few condescending remarks by critics about this set: ignore them. This was a truly unique and historic occasion.
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I came late to this recording, having, I now think, paid too much attention to its detractors. Even if Pavarotti's vocal lay-out is fundamentally wrong, he does not come a cropper as poor old Carlo Bergonzi did in his one attempt and I find much which is very musical and moving - especially, of course, the love duet. And key moments like "Abasso le spade!" are pulled off pretty well, because he has so much squillo in the voice.

My bugbear should be Leo Nucci, whose rise to fame I have never understood. Although he was actually quite good when I first heard him live at Covent Garden in the early 80's, the voice quickly deteriorated, but he is much better here than I have heard him elsewhere since: the customary bleat and slide and the weak top are less in evidence than normal and he characterises really intelligently, inflecting the Italian as acutely as usually only a native speaker can. He bellows a bit in the "Credo" and often sounds rocky, but is probably no worse than the rather bluff Aldo Protti in the old Erede and Karajan versions, I think.

Both Te Kanawa's lovely Desdemona and Rolfe Johnson's vivid, elegantly sung Cassio are distinct advantages - the latter a huge improvement over the habitual whiners who seem always to be cast in this role, which really needs a virile, military voice, if Cassio is to be a credible rival. Te Kanawa always sang beautifully for Solti and delivers a tender, moving performance, spinning her famous pure tone to very touching effect and soaring wonderfully in the ensemble concluding Act 3. Unfortunately, the Emilia is blowsy and screechy.

Solti and the Chicago forces are great. I cannot conceive why people say that the Chicago S.O.
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