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on 26 October 2013
This recording from concert performances is largely fabulous. Muti is as good as any conductor of this great piece on record. It is such an Italian reading in all the right ways and his tempi are perfectly judged. When I heard Antonenko sing this role of Covent Garden he reminded so much of Jon Vickers and this set confirms this impression. Indeed unlike Vickers for RCA, Antonenko has stage experience of the part and it shows here. Krassimira Stoyanova also walks with the giants who have recorded Desdemona and brings some backbone to her characterisation as well as some truly glorious singing. Guelfi is no Gobbi, however he is vocally strong and musical and no worse an interpreter than some other Jagos - Diaz, Protti, Glossop etc. Other roles are well cast, the Chicago orchestra is fantastic and the chorus very good. Vivid rich modern sound from the CSO live series with the voices well balanced. I got this set for around £10 which is excellent value for money. It is neatly packed and libretto included. (It should perhaps be a 4.5 star performance due to quibbles over the baritone but I am sure others will mark it down for this}
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on 2 March 2016
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