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Luciano Pavarotti - Rigoletto Verdi Highlights (1989)

9-01-2016, 18:14
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Rigoletto Verdi Highlights
Year Of Release: 1989
Label: Decca
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC / MP3-320
Total Time: 1:03:43
Total Size: 280 / 146 MB

Leo Nucci (Rigoletto),June Anderson (Gilda), Luciano Pavarotti (Il Duca di Mantova), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Sparafucile), Shirley Verrett (Maddalena), Vitalba Mosca (Giovanna), Natale de Carolis (Monterone), Roberto Scaltriti (Marullo), Piero De Palma (Borsa), Carlo De Bortoli (Conte di Ceprano), Anna Caterina Antonacci (Contessa di Ceprano), Marilena Laurenza (Un paggio)
Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Comunale di Bologna
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
November 13, 1989
Label: Decca

This is the best Rigoletto on records, without a doubt. The performance brings the drama and brilliance of Verdi's opera to life. Sherril Milnes, in excellent voice, brings all the dimensions of the title role with both vocal splendor and dramatic instinct. Milnes' "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" and the final scene are particularily heartbreaking, while his duets with Gilda are very tender. Milnes' high notes are superb; in his last phrase "La Maledizione!" the baritones even interpolates a higher ending than the one done by many Rigolettos. I cannot think of a better Duke of Mantua, vocally speaking, than Luciano Pavarotti. His golden sound, command of legato singing and brilliant high notes (up to D on this recording) makes his Duke a pleasure to hear, even when the character is so despicable. Joan Sutherland does not sound as youthful as we would like, and she does not sound much involved either. But she is great voice as always, with her perfect trill, brilliant high notes (up to E flat) and accurate cadenzas. Her duets with Milnes and Pavarotti are breathtakingly beautiful. The rest of the cast is very good. Richard Bonynge conducts with energy and balance between the singers and the orchestra. This performance is one of the great opera recordings of all time and a must for any music lover's collection.


01. Act One - 1. Questa o quella (1:44)
02. Act One - 2. Pari siamo! (3:21)
03. Act One - 3. Figlia!...Mio padre! (6:35)
04. Act One - 4. Ah! veglia, o donna (5:20)
05. Act One - 5. E'il sol dell'anima (2:51)
06. Act One - 6. Gualtier Malde...Caro nome (6:42)
07. Act Two - 1. Ella mi fu rapita! (4:30)
08. Act Two - 2. Duca, duca! (2:20)
09. Act Two - 3. Possente amor mi chiama (2:59)
10. Act Two - 4. Povero Rigoletto! (3:32)
11. Act Two - 5. Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (4:13)
12. Act Two - 6. Parla...siam soli.. (6:54)
13. Act Three - 1. La donne e mobile (2:45)
14. Act Three - 2. Un di, se bel rammentomi (1:30)
15. Act Three - 3. Bella figlia dell'amore (3:57)
16. Act Three - 4. V'ho ingannato, colpevole fui (4:27)

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