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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Luciano Pavarotti, Piero Cappuccilli, Gabriele Lechner, Ludmila Schemtschuk, Magda Nador, Georg Tichy, Franco De Grandis (live, Vienna State Opera, 1986)

Audio Samples

  1. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera: Prelude (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Posa in pace (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Amici miei, soldati (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Il cenno mio di là con essi attendi (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Il primo giudice (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Arrivo il primo! (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Su, fatemi largo (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Chi voi siate (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act I: Finisci il vaticinio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Prelude (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Teco io sto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act II: Seguitemi - Mio Dio (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: A tal colpa è nulla il pianto (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Morrò, ma prima in grazia (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Siam soli, udite (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Il messaggio entri (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Ah! dessa è là - Sì, rivederti, Amelia (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Ah perché qui! fuggite (Live) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Verdi — Un ballo in maschera, Act III: Ella è pura (Live) $0.99 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

Luciano Pavarotti's repertoire comprised only a few roles, but his performances and recordings of them wrote and rewrote history. This was the case in 1970 as Nemorino (in L'elisir d'amore) alongside Joan Sutherland and in 1972 as Rodolfo (in La Bohme) under Karajan, with Mirella Freni als Mim. But while Pavarotti's Riccardo (Gustavo III) in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in his studio recording of 1983 is given pride of place because of its surface brilliance (not least thanks to Georg Solti on the podium), in his live TV broadcast of the same role three years later under Claudio Abbado he offers a striking sense of musical and dramatic immediacy. In this recording of that broadcast from the Vienna State Opera, we can hear a performance both highly nuanced and possessed of an immense radiance, from his very first "Amici mei" to his touching death scene.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
[Pavarotti] was on some form this evening, fearless in the high tessitura of the 'Teco io sto' duet... the second hero of this performance is Claudo Abbado, who piles on the tension without ever pressing too much... there's no shortage of emotion but little sentimentality... I would place this set very high up the recommendable list for this opera.



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