Verdi: Il trovatore CD
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Exceptional value and highly recommended.
It's been written somewhere that this opera requires the four greatest singers in the world, and at the time (mid-50s), this cast would have come pretty near it. Herbert von Karajan's conducting suits the music perfectly and the chorus is excellent.
The only drawback in this set is the mono sound, which is fine for its age but not up to the standard of EMI's later stereo recordings. However, this matters less in this opera than others, firstly as the performance is so good, and secondly, as the orchestra is perhaps less important in terms of detail and colour than Verdi's other works. The mono sound is preferable to the old LP issue, which was 'electronically re-processed to simulate stereo' and sounded a bit strange in places.
Verdi's great music makes you forget the ridiculous plot, truly one of the worst in opera. Despite its age, this is still my favourite recording of this work.
Be prepared if you already have other versions of Il Trovatore in your home collection that the Callas 'Leonora' is going to take over completely simply because we are facing maybe the most magnificent vocal portrait of hers - together with her Butterfly, Tosca, Norma and Lucia.
And, besides Karajan is making a perfect frame to that 'Leonora' termed by Jussi Björling as the 'Leonora perfection': 'I have heard it sung often but never was there a better one'
Callas is uncovering simply all the notes and potentials in Verdi's music handling over to us a 'Leonora' - quite as her 'Butterfly' - once heard not to be forgotten.
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This is not a flawless recording from the point of view of the singing, the sound - mono, owing to Walter Legge's pig-headed resistance to new-fangled stereo - or the edition,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ralph Moore
All that is needed for a successful performance of Il Trovatore is the four best singers in the world. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Dr R