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Verdi - Il Trovatore

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: HMV
  • ASIN: B000026C9H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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There has, over the years, been a fair amount of hoo-hah concerning two aspects of this recording which fail to satisfy: one is the element of distortion inherent in the master tapes as a result of miking too close by the original recording engineer and the other is that Mehta drives the music too hard. Otherwise, there can be little doubt that we are hearing some of the best singing of its era which harkens back to a previous Golden Age in its scope and amplitude; there is no way any contemporary opera house could field voices like these in a modern production.

It helps that we have a very fine orchestra, the regular go-to chorus of the day in the Ambrosian singers and Mehta in his youthful Wunderkind stage; he was at the helm for several recordings dating from the 70's which have stood the test of time, especially three Puccini operas, his "Turandot", "La fanciulla del West" and "Tosca", and this "Il trovatore". The peaking problem notwithstanding, the venue of the Walthmastow Town Hall contributes to a big, warm, spacious ambiance which suggests the theatre. I also find that the remastering, without being able to eliminate entirely the crackle on the loudest, highest notes, in combination with listening on headphones, have resulted in a much less troubling listening experience.

As for Mehta's conducting, it seems to me that he allows his artists ample time in the more lyrical passages but simply goes for broke just as this opera demands in the most dramatic scenes. Price has all the time in the world to float her long, arcing phrases in her opening aria and "D'amor sull'ali"; the results are ravishing.
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Subtle it ain't but for all its faults this recording I find thrilling!Tucci would not be my choice of Leonora but she does it all creditably-Corelli is a his best,which means thrilling in many places and lacrymose in others,but never dull-Simionato dramatic,tho' the voice is separating noticeably and Merrill as ever the baritone with the voice to die for.It may not be the best Trovatore but it is never dull or merely correct.
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I still own a number of prime arias in 78 form from this set. I believe that this was a good recording for its time and was not difficult to play on the equipment then available. The sound quality achieved in the recording offered here is quite pleasing and seamless in the linking of the discs, and the subdued muffled sound often produced in dubbings of 78's is thankfully not evident. I think that Pertile was close to his best in this recording, and he is well supported by Granforte, Carena and Minghini-Cattaneo. This is an old recording (1930) and should not be compared with the sounds and performances enjoyed today but well worth hearing if only to have an insight into the styles and quality of pre-war opera performances. A bit of surface sound here and there, but play Pertile singing "Di quella pira!"and perhaps you will find that you hardly notice it after all! I have been familiar with this for 60 years but wonder whether a little more information concerning the performers might be a selling point whatever the price, and encourage current opera lovers to explore the past.
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Fast service. All as promised. No complaints whatsoever.
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