Many thanks to our friend Bob for this masterpiece Certain recorded Butterflys are considered to be definitive, with Toti dal Monte, Maria Callas and Renata Scotto leading the pack. Because of the strong competition, this 1955 recording does not automatically come to mind as a classic Butterfly performance. That is too bad because Victoria de los Angeles, in her second recording of the opera, is wonderfully natural in the title role. While she may not plumb the depths of the part in the way that some other sopranos have, her voice, while still carrying the drama and Butterfly’s pathos, sounds more youthful than that of many of her competitors.
I think this was Jussi Björling’s last complete opera recording; it may well be one of his best. His aristocratic style is just as valid as the more impetuous interpretation of Giuseppe di Stefano, De Los Angeles’ first recorded Pinkerton.
# Composer: Giacomo Puccini
# Performer: Victoria De Los Angeles, Jussi Björling, Piero De Palma, Miriam Pirazzini, Mario Sereni
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The Opera House, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
Number of Discs: 3
Label: EMI/Angel DR-Analysis: DR 11 Size: 2.81 GB
Many thanks to our friend from Michigan Lake for this gift. This is the recording by which others should be judged. Solti captures the raucousness of Falstaff, using and emphasizing the horns like great comedic guffaws. Geraint Evans oozes unctiousness and Freni sweetly takes on the only aria in the whole opera.
# Composer: Giuseppe Verdi # Performer: Alfredo Kraus, Geront Evans, Mirella Freni, Rosalind Elias, Giulietta Simionato, Robert Merrill, Piero De Palma
# Orchestra: Orchestra Of The RCA Italiana
# Conductor: Georg Solti
# Vinyl (1964)
# Number of Discs: 3
# Format: Flac # DR-Analysis: DR 15 # Label: RCA
# ASIN: B0015T46NM # Size:2.32 GB # Scan: yes
# Server: FF
This is one of the best Andrea Chenier I have ever heard. Only Mario Del Monaco comes easily along to contend this role to the exceptional voice of Corelli. The entire production is wonderful! I recommend it very highly.
# Composer: Umberto Giordano
# Performer: Franco Corelli, Antonietta Stella, Anna di Stasio, Paolo Montarsolo, Mario Sereni, Piero de Palma, Luciana Moneta
# Orchestra: Orchestra of the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome
# Conductor: Gabriele Santini
# Vinyls (1963)
# Format: Flac
# Number of discs: 2
# Label: EMI
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# ASIN CD: B000TPYPD4
# Size: 2.47 GB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
Yes, most of the major roles were taken by singers who at the time must count as “experienced”, but there is plenty of youthful vigor in the singing as well. Phantastic sound and stellar performances…and this is the reason, why I offer this jewel in 24/96 although it is a digital production.
# Composer: Arrigo Boito # Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Piero de Palma, Robin Leggate, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Della Jones, Mirella Freni, Montserrat Caballé, Nucci Condò # Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra # Conductor: Oliviero de Fabritiis # Vinyl (1984) # Number of Discs: 3 # Format: Flac # Label: Decca # DR-Analysis: DR 14
# ASIN: B000787WVK # Size: 2.98 GB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory