Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (DG The Originals) Original recording reissued
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Undoubtedly it's a great work, and this recording is one of the best Verdi performances available. Freni conveys both beauty and passion through her dedicated reading. But then all the singers are wonderful, especially Ghiaurov and Carreras (in superlative form) but one singer holds the whole vocal performance together: Cappuccilli, perhaps the most impressive Simon on record since Tito Gobi. Abbado, predictably, conducts a wonderful studio performance recorded shortly after a successful stage production.Read more ›
Just about everything comes together on this magnificent 1977 recording conducted by Abbado with the chorus and orchestra of La Scala.
Jose Carreras was then still in gleamingly glorious voice as Gabriele, lover of Maria, sung ever more glowingly by Mirella Freni, in a performance of subtlety and intelligence.
Fiesco benefits from the deep timbre of Nicolai Ghiaurov`s Bulgarian bass voice, while the powerful Belgian bass Jose van Dam imbues Paolo with authority and the requisite alarmed villainy.
Piero Cappucilli was a perfect choice to sing the none too easy title role, with his long-breathed phrasing - the baritone`s breath control was and is legendary - and the sheer force of his vocal stamina.
Anyone who saw the last London staging of this opera, with Domingo as Simon (available on DVD) will surely have been astounded by its painterly splendour, as well as by Verdi`s equally splendid music, and I imagine many newcomers to this rarely performed opera, seeing it live on TV on in the theatre, will have realised its greatness, as well as its power to move and enthral.
It is certainly one of my half-dozen favourite of Verdi`s operas, and I wouldn`t want to be without this tremendous recording.
The two booklets, which include notes, synopsis, full libretto in four languages, along with photos of Abbado and his main cast, are exemplary. The recording is excellent, and Abbado and his singers treat this brooding opera as the masterpiece it most certainly is.
I am no Opera Buff, but listening to this recording a few times, and seeing an opera "live-in-transmission" was an exciting revelation. Listening to the music again makes me realise what I have been missing over the years.
Let's say that I heard Piero Cappuccilli's voice first in this role, and it will be the one that stays with me. Hearing Placido Domingo sing this role live though, did make me hedge my bets somewhat.
A recording, that in my innocence, will remain a strong recommendation.
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excellent performances; excellent recording (late analogue); no synopsis, libretto small print hard to follow if more than one listening. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2013 by dj
This album brought home to me what my father has always been telling me: Verdi is the greatest opera composer. The music from Simon Boccanegra grabs me right from the start. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2010 by Amazon Customer