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|Yuri Masurok, Yuri Mazurok, Giuseppe Verdi|
Verdi: Il Trovatore
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BEST TROVATOR TODAY
moskvich | Moscow | 01/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is possibly the best Trovatore you can buy. Davis keeps the orchestra and chorus moving. Ricciarelli seems to be the only weak aspect in the recording. Her voice is good only in the middle register. Carreras is heroic and young. Toczyka is a little to young to play Azucena, but her interpretation is the best since Obraztsova. The besr performance comes from the low male voices. Mazurok, who I was lukcy enough to her live in the Bolshoi, is the most dramatic sounding Di Luna, and his experience in the role makes him the best bariton in this role. Lloyd is also making a positive contribution as Ferrando."
Awesome and Heroic!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There have been a few Trovatores released featuring the greatest singers of the century. Who could forget a Del Monaco (Decca) or Domingo/Price (RCA) recordings? But having to make a favorite pick, I chose this one. It was the also first of some 90+ complete operas I've purchased over the years, once and for all convincing me never to settle for highlights and get the whole thing. The incredible Carreras/Ricciarelli collaboration makes this recording a real gem. They are easily the most romantic and involved Manrico and Leonora on record and on stage. Sir Colin Davis and the justly famous ROH Covent Garden create a hurricane of emotions, never overwhelming the singers, though. The early DDD recording is very good; the sound is spacious and clear. Manrico is one of his best roles, his powerful lirico spinto suites the role like a glove. His characterization is flawless: detailed, yet spontaneous at the same time. A listener would find it difficult to pick a favorite among the vast array of great Azucenas. Toczynska has a lovely voice and her narration is filled with great passion. Her encounter with Conte is superbly enacted. Speaking of Il Conte, here is, perhaps, the only weaker link in the cast: Yuri Mazurok (a Bolshoi star) sounds very evil and metallic, however it's hard to picture his di Luna capable of any other feeling aside from anger. Cappuccilli, Bastianini, Milnes or Chernov definitely bring more to the character, although his characterization is still valid and it's exciting to hear such a "win-at-all-cost" attitude. Robert Lloys is strong and commanding as Ferrando, his introduction is haunting. Now packaged without libretto but at a budget price (but what a nice original packaging had Philips once offered!), this set is an absolute necessity not only for every opera lover, but also for anyone who likes beautiful music. Get it and judge for yourself."
A troubadour in safe hands
Rudy Avila | 04/30/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is certainly not the most exciting version of the work, but perhaps would be a good place for the newcomer to begin. Sir Colin Davis and his forces concentrate upon musical values, at times at the expense of dramatic thrust, but things at least add up to a cogent whole. The cast is maybe not anyone's ideal choice, even circa 1980. Ricciarelli by and large sings well but is generally too effete. Carreras was just about reaching the point when the inadvisability of some previous casting decisions were becoming apparent, and it shows.....but not too often. Manrico was too heavy a role for him but he does manage some aplomb, even in "Di quella pira"... although the strain is evident too. Mazurok sounds the most involved whilst Tocyska gives a rather statuesque portrayal of Azucena. Sometimes I felt her singing was rather blank, as though the thought of participation in a stage work had temporarily fled from her mind. Still the result is less wearing than some of the forced characterisation available elesewhere. Recording is very fine early digital. Philips usually gave of their best techically for Davis recordings of this vintage (eg Tosca, Boheme, Werther) and this Trovatore is no exception. Might also be worth the consideration of the seasoned collector as a 2nd or 3rd alternative to Mehta, Levine, Giulini et al."