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Verdi: Rigoletto Box set

4.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Performer: Placido Domingo, Nicolai Ghiaurov
  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G66
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,928 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Rigoletto: Prelude (No.1)
  2. Rigoletto: Introduction (No.2)
  3. Rigoletto: DUCA: Questa o quella (Ballata)
  4. Rigoletto: MONTERONE: Ch io gli parli
  5. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Quel vecchio maledivami (No.3: Duetto Rigoletto - Sparafucile)
  6. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Pari siamo!... (No.4: Scena e Duetto)
  7. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO - GILDA: Figlia!... - Mio padre!
  8. Rigoletto: GILDA: Gia da tre lune son qui venuta (Duetto Gilda - Rigoletto)
  9. Rigoletto: GILDA: Giouvanna, ho dei rimorsi
  10. Rigoletto: DUCA: E il sol dell anima (Aria)
  11. Rigoletto: DUCA: Che m ami, deh! ripetimi
  12. Rigoletto: GILDA: Gualtier Malde...Caro nome (No. 6: Scena ed Aria)
  13. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Riedo!...perche? (No.7: Scena e Coro - Finale Primo)
  14. Rigoletto: TUTTI: Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta

Disc: 2

  1. Rigoletto: DUCA: Ella mi fu rapita!
  2. Rigoletto: DUCA: Parmi veder le lagrime
  3. Rigoletto: TUTTI: Duca, duca! L amante fu rapita a Rigoletto (Coro/Duca)
  4. Rigoletto: DUCA: Possente amor mi chiama (Stretta)
  5. Rigoletto: MARULLO: Povero Rigoletto! (No.9:Scena)
  6. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Aria)
  7. Rigoletto: GILDA - RIGOLETTO: Mio padre! - Dio! mia Gilda! (No.10: Scena e Duetto)
  8. Rigoletto: GILDA: Tutte le feste al tempio
  9. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Ah! Solo per me l infamia
  10. Rigoletto: MONTERONE: Poiche fosti invano da me maledetto
  11. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO - GILDA: E lami? - Sempre (No.11: Scena)
  12. Rigoletto: DUCA: La donna e mobile (Canzone)
  13. Rigoletto: DUCA: Un di, se ben rammentomi
  14. Rigoletto: DUCA: Bella figlia dell amore
  15. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: M odi ! ritorna a casa
  16. Rigoletto: DUCA/MADDALENA: Maddalena...- Aspettate...
  17. Rigoletto: MADDALENA: E amabile invero cotal giovinotto
  18. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Delta vendetta alfin giunge l istante
  19. Rigoletto: RIGOLETTO: Chi e mai, chi e qui in sua vece?
  20. Rigoletto: GILDA: V ho ingannato...colpevole fui

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This was a mixed bag for me. On the plus side we have Giulini's conducting. There’s always something new with CMG – be it the pace or bringing forward a section of the orchestra previously lost, and the atmosphere from the off is great. Cotrubas had such a sweet voice, she is an ideal Gilda (though if you want the coloratura version then go for Sutherland or Gruberova).

Both Domingo and Cappuccilli are in the plus and minus camp - Domingo's tone is gorgeous. He starts well and with aplomb, but the Duke is a terribly difficult sing and he struggles in two important areas - "E il sol dell'anima" where the climb to B flats is uncomfortable, and, more importantly, the great quartet is marred by his struggle. The tessitura is just too high and sustained for him. It's an opera for Pavarotti, Bergonzi, and Kraus.

Cappuccilli puts great attention into his interpretation, he tries to relax his usual tendency to produce a "strained" sound in his voice (a habit I've always found perplexing to say the least). He's a Luna, a Macbeth or a Rodrigo, but I'm not convinced he's a Rigoletto.

Still, come on, I'm giving this four stars, but there are better recordings: DFD/Kubelik - Merrill/Solti - Milnes/Bonynge - Zancanaro/Muti - Bruson/Sinopoli. It's too beautiful an opera to settle for less.
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By -D- on 24 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Well, I am surprised at how little this 1984 recording features in any discussion of great Rigolettos. I should say I have never listened to the famous Callas/Gobbi version but I have got the equally famous Leonard Warren/Jan Peerce version. I think this set is great. Lucia Popp is caught here in wonderful fresh voice as ever. Her vocal range is perfectly suited to the role of Gilda and the sheer beauty of her voice makes up for any slight lack of emotion. After all, Gilda isn't as complex a character as a Tosca or Lucia anyway.
Her command of the high notes is so complete that she can add small embellishments to some of the set-piece arias (Caro nome, tutte le feste for example) without ever sounding forced. The ease with which she performs these pieces allows the music to speak for itself and the emotion comes through naturally.
Bernd Weikl was unknown to me as a singer. I think he sings this role with a secure rich tone, with the required colour and emotion and without the histrionics that I can find off putting.
Then we also have Giacomo Aragall, who in my opinion has one of the most beautiful tenor voices ever (listen to his wonderful partnership of Joan Sutherland in Esclarmonde). Here he is perfectly suited for the lyrical Count.
Finally, we have a warm rounded voice in Klara Takacs' contralto Maddelena also managing to add some nice detail to her character and an evil sounding Sparafucile from Jan-Hendrik Rootering.
Lamberto Gardelli knits it all together, playing to his singers strengths and directing what is an extremely fine performance all round. Don't let snobbishness put you off from trying this set - all at a bargain price too !
Highly recommended!
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You should ignore most perfectly well constructed and thoughtful reviews as they clearly relate to other recordings. This is a wonderful recording and Gobbi was made for the part of Rigoletto. Look for reviews of the same recording for some relevant opinions. I regard this as one the best recordings. I would have written nothing, except I had to draw attention to Amazon's mistake in posting some reviews here. I posted this review against a review of a Gobbi recording. But Amazon have managed to post it against a Giulini recording!!
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By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 May 2016
Format: Audio CD
NB: while this recording is a winner in any form, the following review is for the superior Pristine Audio issue in remastered Ambient Stereo, unavailable on Amazon. I note that some reviewers do not like what EMI have done in their more recent remastered issues, whereas Pristine have done their usual impeccable job.

My MusicWeb colleague Göran Forsling has provided a fine comparative survey of the four mono recordings from the 50’s and concluded that this EMI issue always had the best recorded sound, the quality of performance notwithstanding. However, this Pristine remastering into Ambient Stereo gives it even more of an sonic edge and the opportunity to appreciate afresh just how good the singers here are; its warmth and depth confer renewed presence and immediacy on proceedings, while minor irritations and blemishes have been minimalised by Andrew Rose.

Fortunately they are accompanied by a conductor, chorus and orchestra entirely immersed in the Verdian idiom, providing ideal support. Serafin does nothing eccentric or flashy but simply knows how this music should go and does it, giving his singers plenty of time to make their points without undue self-consciousness.

Little more can be said about the principals which has not already been observed in the sixty or so years since its issue after the miraculously busy recording year of 1955. For some Di Stefano for all his élan, is a touch crude and shouty and the too open vowels presage troubles to come, but his is a highly energised, winning assumption with many splendid moments. Gobbi’s voice might have been a little lean in tone for the ideal Verdi baritone but his range of colour and expression is miraculous; no singer since has so completely embodied this most complex of characters.
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