Thank you Bob for this gem This Manon has long been overshadowed by great recordings with the likes of Beverly Sills, Victoria de Los Angeles, and Angela Gheorghiu as the opera’s title role. Ileana Cotrubas was a Romanian soprano famous for singing lighter roles, most notably a Violetta with Carlos Kleiber on Deutsche Grammophone. Cotrubas probes into Manon like no other and dazzles us with coloratura that the soprano could call her own. She also had an innocent quality about her voice which made her less lusty but more feminine than – for example – Maria Callas. These are the reasons why I like very much this recording of Manon.
Composer: Jules Massenet
Performer: Ileana Cotrubas, Alfredo Kraus, Gino Quillico, José van Dam
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Capitole de Toulouse
Conductor: Michel Plasson
Number of discs: 2
DR-Analysis: DR 16 Size: 2.89 GB
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 PhilarmonicOrchestra
# 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