You can get this Otello in the EMI studio version being reviewed here or as a live performance on Opera d’Oro, both almost identical in every detail musically. Vickers was, after Del Monaco’s retirement, the supreme Otello of his generation, with a huge, magnificent voice and heartbreaking pathos–he doesn’t bluster or fake it emotionally for even a bar. His death scene is one of the great things in the Verdi canon on disc. Freni is equally wonderful, exemplary in eveyr way musically and a prime example of how to act through the voice. Her Desdemona is ravishing and her last-act solos heartrending.
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
# Performer: Jon Vickers, José Van Dam, Mirella Freni, Stefania Malagu
# Orchestra: Berlin Philarmonic Orchestra
# Conductor: Herbert van Karajan
# Vinyl (1974)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac
# DR-Analysis: DR 14
# Label: EMI Angel
# ASIN: B0036D7Y1Q
# Size: 2.85 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FF
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