Exceptionally Badly Recorded
pseudonym | Northeast USA | 09/26/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I will always make allowances for a recorded live performance: a cough here, a banged-against music stand there, occasional drop-outs as someone is suddenly distanced from a microphone, etc. But this CD sounds as if it were recorded using poor quality consumer-level equipment: think Radio-Shack home cassette recorder ca. 1975! The singers sound distant and the orchestra is not balanced. I cannot make any judgement as to how the singers and orchestra are performing, as it would be unfair to do so.
A complete waste of money. Consider instead:
Gheorghiu/Alagna (the most polished; Alagna is exceptional)
Moffo/Barioni (I like Moffo, although some of the other singers have pitch and/or technical problems occasionally)"
Ignore reviews at your peril
Kenneth Peelle | Boston | 12/29/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I should have read the reviews, but was in a hurry to download a recording. This recording is almost unlistenable. The singers sound like they're in an echo chamber and the orchestra sound is tinny. Stay away from this."
Where Was the Microphone?
Paul A. Dunphy | Bogota, New Jersey USA | 03/16/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"While most collectors will admit that live recordings have sonic drawbacks and require more highly tuned listening than studio recordings, here we have a case where it is almost impossible to appreciate what must have been a very fine performance of Puccini's rarely performed opera. The orchestra comes through clearly with a lack of bass which makes the sound too brash. The singers, however, sound like they were in a different theater. The greatest shame is that the role of Magda is sung by the lovely Jeannette Pilou, a grossly underrecorded artist. If there was no remastering that could be done with the original recording (and Opera d'Oro has done some marvelous remasterings!)they should have waited until a better recording could have been acquired which would show this gem of an opera in its proper light."