Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
Warner is re-releasing all the Cetra 1950s Verdi operas. Of the three sets I'm reviewing, the Rigoletto is the clear winner - one of my favorites in a very crowded field. Taddei is splendid, one of Italy's greatest baritones, with a voice rich and powerful as well as gorgeous. Rigoletto's rage, sadness, and love for Gilda are all here. Bravo! What a pity Taddei never had a major career at the Met. Those debut Falstaffs were astounding. His great Verdi singing and acting at age 69 would put many baritones half his age to shame.
Recording information: Torino (09/1953).
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Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano / Caterina Mancini, Amedeo Berdini, Rolando Panerai - Previtali (mono, 1951)
Verdi: Rigoletto / Taddei, Pagliughi, Tagliavini, Neri - Questa (mono, 1954)
Mission / Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Agostino Steffani [Deluxe hardcover limited edition]
Hubert Parry: Works for Orchestra & Chorus - Te Deum; Magnificat; England; Jerusalem / Amanda Roocroft, soprano; Neeme Jarvi
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen / Christian Thielemann, Vienna State Opera
Johann Friedrich Fasch: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 "Tempesta Di Mare" / Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra
G.F. Handel: Saul / Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Atherton, Joelle Harvey, Christopher Purves, Robert Murray - The Sixteen
Richard Tauber sings Lehár
Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
- Conductor: Gabriele Santini
- Ensemble: RAI Symphony Orchestra Torino
- Notes: Composition written: 1853.
- Running Time: 89 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1853