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Boito: Mefistofele
Arrigo Boito, Tullio Serafin, Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra Rome
Boito: Mefistofele
Genre: Classical
 
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All Artists: Arrigo Boito, Tullio Serafin, Santa Cecilia National Academy Orchestra Rome, Cesare Siepi, Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Lucia Danieli, Piero de Palma, Floriana Cavalli
Title: Boito: Mefistofele
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Label: Universal France
Release Date: 7/14/2006
Album Type: Import
Genre: Classical
Style: Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 028945870427

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Rouge Opera Series.

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A Classic
Donald E. Dozer | Chardon, OH USA | 02/20/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first bought this very recording on vinyl in the 60's as a London recording. It's one of my favorite operas. A few years ago I bought the Treigle-Domingo-Caballe (EMI) version on CD and was very disappointed. I preferred the CD copies I made of my old vinyl recording. I just recently found this Siepi-Del Monaco-Tebaldi version on Amazon.com and bought it.

First, the orchestral and choral music on this version is much clearer than on the EMI version, which I think is remarkable since it was recorded in 1959, as opposed to 1976. Cesare Siepi is a powerful Mefistoffle, making Norman Treigle sound like a wimp. I don't think there is any soprano who can match Renata Tebaldi for expressing emotion; the prison scene in the third act brings tears to my eyes. And Mario Del Monaco is just as good, if not better, than Placido Domingo.

I am glad I found this. The only draw back is that all the documentation is in French. The libretto is in the original Italian, with a French translation. If you don't know the story, or Italian or French, this may be a problem."