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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Giuseppe Verdi, Renato Palumbo, Italian International Orchestra
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #2


     
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1857 Version
Ronald F. Payne | Alexandria, VA United States | 01/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you don't think Verdi was a genius, skip this review. If you adore Verdi as I do, you should hear his original version of "Simon Boccanegra". Verdi's 1881 Version of this opera is a masterpiece, but it took a lot of careful revision of the 1857 version to get there. If I had never heard the 1881 version before hearing the 1857 version, I would have never believed such a transformation possible. From the ottocento world of cabalettas and cadenzas to the threshold of "Otello" is an amazing achievement. This recording features competent singing and good sound AND MOST IMPORTANTLY a full libretto of the 1857 version. Recommended to those interested in a full study of Verdi, not to casual opera lovers."