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Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven in 3Cds!, 3 April 2003
Freni's voice is golden, Pavarotti never sounds better, VPO is devine and Karajan is the ultimate Puccini conductor. Just sit back a listen to music sent from heaven.


Verdi: I vespri siciliani
Verdi: I vespri siciliani

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elena, Elena, Elena!, 3 April 2003
This recording by the fresh-sounding Domingo and expressive Levine is still the best recording of this five-act masterpice, written in French Opera style. For fans of Verdi works, the father-son duet between Milnes and Domingo, Raimondi's aria 'O tu Palermo', the four seasons ballet and the chorus ensembles, will prove an interesting comparison to those in higher ranked Verdi operas. There isn't one moment where one finds this recording failing. The only snag, that one will get used to, is Martina Arroyo's rendering of the part. Her coloratura may not be as clear as Studer's (who later recorded the work under Muti), niether is her timbre, which is a bit dark, nevertheless she is a powerful Elena. Milnes is in perfect shape and so is Levine's Verdian idiom. A great classic I would say!


Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco
Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wicked!, 1 April 2003
This review is from: Verdi: Giovanna d'Arco (Audio CD)
Levine isn't the most ideal of Verdian conductors but anyway delivers a most valid performance. Hailed by a young Domingo, the cast is superb. Caballe' sings difficult coloratura with a strong tone unified throughout and with soaring pianissimo high notes. The chorus is breath-taking especially in the coronation ensemble (which echoes the Act-of-faith Scene in Verdi's later opera Don Carlo). Verdi's ending to the story is different from the historical one but the witchcraft that Joan of Arc was attributed to in her life, that led to her martyrdom, is reflected in some beautiful "wicked" music.
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Verdi: Attila
Verdi: Attila

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Pity!, 1 April 2003
This review is from: Verdi: Attila (Audio CD)
Heart touching melodies and beautiful arias mark this fairly unknown opera. Muti delivers one of his most sensitive performances and pushes the La Scala Orchestra to higher standards. Excellent singers especially the coloratura of Cheryl Studer (sometimes sounds strained when she comes to high notes), the wonderful bass of Samuel Ramey (very expressive and second to noone) and the heroic sound of Zancanaro. Why isn't this opera more oftenly performed?


Verdi: Attila
Verdi: Attila

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PRE-MATURE VERDI, 24 Mar. 2003
This review is from: Verdi: Attila (Audio CD)
This early Verdi work is indeed a masterpiece that must have been really popular in its times. Had it not been that later operas by the same composer reduced its popularity, Attila would be amongst Verdi's most performed works. This edition hailed by Samuel Ramey's beautiful voice and Riccardo Muti's theatrical skills surely makes it an obvious choice. The rest of the cast is also brilliant. Cheryl Studer is in perfect condition but can sound gritty at times. Neil Schicoff sounds a crystal clear voice such that at times he is not the warior-type (that he should be) at all. The La Scala Chorus and Orchestra produce heavenly sounds and a gripping atmosphere thoughout.


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