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Subject: Re: Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
From: Christopher Weimer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Christopher Weimer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 7 Feb 2017 19:01:38 -0500
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I'm quite fond of the Scotto/Kraus/Bastianini recording under Gavazzeni as
well.  It's not subtle, but it has drama and excitement in spades.

Christopher Weimer
>
>
>On 2/7/2017 9:37 AM, Anthony Perovich wrote:
>> Unless I've missed it, no one has mentioned my first recorded Rigoletto,
>> the Giulini version with Cappuccilli, Cotrubas, and Domingo.  I mention it
>> in connection with the curse, as this version has the remarkable casting of
>> Kurt Moll as Monterone.  I can remember how stunned I was on first hearing
>> his stupendous curse.  Monterone may be a small part, but the plot turns on
>> his contribution, and things are helped a great deal by having a singer
>> whose voice can put the fear of God into the listener.  I suppose one can
>> only have a Moll in this part in a recording, but even here many other
>> recordings have suffered for me by having a Monterone who does not make a
>> real impression, at least not the jaw-dropping one of Moll in the Giulini
>> recording.  (With Ghiaurov as Sparafucile, the bass roles in this recording
>> are in good hands.)
>>
>> Nick
>>
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