Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Giuseppe Verdi, Thomas Schippers, Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus|
Verdi: Il Trovatore
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Corelli at his best
Paul S. Johnson | 07/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A great recording although slightly abridged. A few arias and the soldier's chorus have been shortened but not dramatically. Tucci is very good as Leonora, Merrill is sure and bold as Count DiLuna, and Corelli is vibrant and strong as Manrico but not over-powering. His high note at the very end of act 1 is spine tingling. A good supporting cast and spirited conducting."
Very good recording, from what I've heard of it
E. Herz | Illinois | 02/27/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a studio recording made in 1964, 2 years after the famous Corelli / Price live recording with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmoniker. Because it is a studio recording, and because Corelli changes a lot from his previous recordings, I believe it to be the best recording he has ever made of this opera. The sound quality is also a heck of a lot better than the 1962 recording. I can't comment on Leonora's part because I've only heard excerpts of the CD but I did love Price :~("
Reference Rendition of Corelli's Signature Role
Monica | Romania | 04/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"UPDATE October 4, 2008: this Trovatore is still available as MP3 downloads. Just type "trovatore, corelli, tucci" in the search engine. The products shown as search results display the picture on the CD cover.
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If by some horrendous disaster, everything Franco Corelli has recorded was lost and only his "Ah! si ben mio" of Il Trovatore was preserved, he would still be the greatest tenor on record. This studio recording of Il Trovatore is a "reference" rendition, enabling listeners to hear one of Corelli signature roles, with all his basic nuances and sophisticated interpretation -- I am saying "basic" because he appears to have sung the same piece every time a bit differently.
In this rendition, he pairs with mezzo soprano Giulietta Simionato, who brings her own "reference" rendition of Azucena, shortly before her retirement.
Gabriella Tucci as Leonora, although a bit too lyric for the role, sings so well technically, that it is a pleasure to listen to her; but Robert Merrill has some difficulty in his aria, despite his excellent rendition of the rest of the baritone role.
Credit should be given to conductor Thomas Schippers for his very stylish conducting and deep understanding of the Italian way.