Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Arrigo Boito, Lamberto Gardelli, Renata Tebaldi|
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Tebaldi and Berzonzi in Heavenly Voice
F. Barton | Newport, WA USA | 02/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1966 recording from Carnegie Hall, features Tebaldi and Bergonzi with their voices at full throttle.This recording was made for the primary reason that Bing refused to let "Mefistofele" be performed at the MET. So this "concert" performance was arranged by the artists who wanted New Yorker's to hear this masterpiece.You ALSO get the great treat of hearing Tebaldi perform her immortal Margherita, but in the following act you get her as Helen of Troy also!!! Such a dream, to have her sing BOTH roles. Bergonzi and Cole are superb as well.ALSO the mix is VERY good on this issue. Older issues had screaming fans disturbing the flow of the music. ODO has done a terrific job of filtering out all that, while still giving singers their just due. The result is a recording with MUCH more credence that before. A MUST HAVE for your collection."
To ...with other recordings!!!
Jon M. De Benedictis | Fairfield, CT United States | 08/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As usual, sound is a major factor but who cares? No other Mefistofele recording can generate excitement like this one. The Sony recoding with Ramey & Domingo comes close, but Eva Marton is downright terrible as Margherita/Elena.
In this live recording from Carnegie Hall you have three legends: Ghiarouv, Bergonzi & Tebaldi singing their hearts out. Even if Tebaldi is a bit past her peak, the sound is still gorgeous. Bergonzi is here much more than the stylist we consider him as too often. In this performance he is thrilling and fiery in the Corelli sense of the word. Ghiarouv is an amazing Mefistofele. Prior to this recording, I felt nobody could touch Ramey (especially since I saw him do this role live 3 years ago at the Met), but after listening to this, I find Ghiarouv's devil more sinister and exciting.
A thoroughly enjoyable performance!"
Andrew Coffill | Chicago, Il. USA | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All three protaganists are in top form, this is an exceptional recording with good sound considering the label. I highly recommend this opera!"