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5.0 out of 5 stars
Greatly Underated, 25 April 2010
I have learned a great deal from Ralph Moore's inspirational reviews but would like to record my disagreement that the Tebaldi recording is the ultimate version of La Giaconda. The male voices just do not match up to their counterparts on the Gavazzini recording and indeed it is difficult to think of any recording I have heard to match the singing of these three male voices together. Much as I admire Bergonzi, he cannnot match Del Monaco's powerful ringing tones in this part and Bastiannini is peerless in his role. But perhaps it is Siepi's velvet growl that one misses most compared to Ghiuselev's gravelly tones. Even Cerquetti's deep mellifilous tones are immensely enjoyable and contribute to the character of this wonderful interpretation. After listening to the Tebaldi, Callas and Cerquetti versions many times I find the latter by far the most satisfying for the even and outstanding quality of the principal voices. It is a truely wonderful interpretation of an opera that deserves to be more widely appreciated.