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Verdi: Aida / Karajan, Tebaldi, Simionato, Bergonzi, Macneil

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Forty-eight years have elapsed... but this set still manages to be among the best Aidas ever recorded. Karajan was truly a whiz kid in those days, leading with fine-tuning and class as well as thrills, and the Vienna Philharmonic plays gorgeously under him. Some tempos are faster than we might expect, but nothing juts out uncomfortably and the drama piles up. The public moments are grand and exciting, but it's the private confrontations that essentially matter in this opera, and Karajan's cast is steeped in the music while passions simply bubble over. These singers have style as well as voice." -Classics Today

Penguin Guide
...unrivalled for many years for its spectacle in this most stereophonic of operas...helped by having a Viennese orchestra and chorus, rather than an Italian one that was determinded to do things in a 'traditional' manner, but most important of all is the musicianship and musical teamwork of his solists. Bergonzi in particular emerges here as a model among tenors, with a rare feeling for the shaping of phrases and attention to detail...Tebaldi's interpretation of the part of Aida is well known and much loved. Her creamy tone colour rides beautifully over the phrases and she too acquires a new depth of imagination.


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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (Voice); Fernando Corena (Bass); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Cornell MacNeil (Baritone); Arnold Mill (Voice); Eugenia Ratti (Soprano); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano); Renata Tebaldi (Voice)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Friends of Music Society
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 119 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871