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 (12/18/1956).
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Verdi: Rigoletto / Taddei, Pagliughi, Tagliavini, Neri - Questa (mono, 1954)
Verdi: La Battaglia di Legnano / Caterina Mancini, Amedeo Berdini, Rolando Panerai - Previtali (mono, 1951)
Verdi: La Traviata / Maria Callas, Francesco Albanese, Ugo Savarese - Santini (mono 1953)
Wagner: Rienzi / Peter Bronder, Christiane Libor, Falk Struckmann, Claudia Mahnke. Frankfurt Opera
Verdi: Il Trovatore / Tagliabue, Mancini, Pirazzini, Volpi, Colella, Sciutti (rec. 1951)
Frederica von Stade in Duets, Arias, Scenes & Songs
Four Rossini Operas: Il Barbiere di Siviglia; La Cenerentola; L'Italiana in Algeri; Il Viaggio a Reims / Claudio Abbado
Edita Gruberova, soprano: The Teldec Recordings - Mozart, Haydn, Donizetti, Verdi, R. Strauss [4 CD]
Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Gruberova, Bros, Tro Santafe, Vassallo
Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
- Conductor: Angelo Questa
- Ensemble: RAI Symphony Orchestra Torino
- Notes: Composition written: 1871.
- Running Time: 81 min. 59 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1871