I thought this recording of Ballo was well sung by the whole caste. Bergonzi stood out for me, but there are no duds here. Although I still favour tha Decca set with Pavarotti at his best there is much fine singing to be savoured here & I have to give it 5 Stars. The recording is clear & a great improvement on the original tape production. Henry Webb
This is surely one of the finest Ballos on disc. Leontyne Price is at her finest, which is to say she is incomparable. Carlo Bergonzi is very stylish, musical and involved. Maybe not as thrilling as, say, Bjorling, but who is? Roberrt Merrill is his usual reliable self, and Shirley Verrett, as the sorceress Ulrica, almost steals the show in her brief appearance. Leinsdorf, not usually my favourite conductor, does well here. The sound is very satisfactory, with good balance between voices and orchestra.
There are lots of recordings of this great Verdi opera but this is one of the best. Price's voice is, as usual, comfortable and velvety in the Verdi repertoire - here she has two wonderful arias to demonstrate the fact. Bergonzi is not a Manrico but he is every inch a Riccardo, and Merrill is one of the top three Verdi baritones (with Milnes and Gobbi - Bastianini and Macneil are close by). Verrett is right on the button, although Ulrica is a small part for such a wonderful voice. The sound is top-notch and Leinsdorf seemed to have an affinity with Verdi's scores. At this price you can't fail.