Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Verdi, Tebaldi, Barbieri|
Forza Del Destino
TEBALDI'S SINGING IS WITHOUT EQUAL HERE
L. Mitnick | Chicago, Illinois United States | 09/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this particular opera, and I've been a great fan of Callas' highly dramatic recording of this opera. I've also been transfigured by Milanov's magnificent singing of this opera (there's a live 1952 Met broadcast in which she is flawless, and in 1952, a flawless Milanov was really something!). The 1955 London stereo set with Tebaldi is an acceptable document of what Tebaldi could achieve in this music, but she sounds merely adequate compared to how she sounds on this 1953 live recording from the Florence May Festival in 1953. She sings with a beauty, a refinement, and a sensitivity that I have never heard from her. Truly, her's was a magnificent voice -- probably the greatest of it's kind in many, many years. Whats comes out of her throat are vocal pitchers of cream that seem to float over the music as though they were shafts of light. Plainly, this is singing to blow you away ------ and this was her debut in the role! Mario del Monaco is also much better here than he was to be in the London recording two years later. Only bass Cesare Siepi was to match this performance on this London recording. Fedora Barbieri is certainly as good as gyspy as Simionato is on the London recording, and only Aldo Protti, while decent, is below the level of Ettore Bastianini on the London recording. Dimitri Mitropolous was certainly a far greater conductor than Molinari-Pradelli was on the London recording as well. IMO, this performance kind of makes the London recording unnecessary, though for many years it was considered a valid version. And now the sound --- I heard no distortion, no drop-outs, no serious sonic defects. Boxy sound perhaps, but considering the caliber of the singing ---- especially from Tebaldi ---- it is of virtually no importance at all. Highly recommended."