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Subject: Re: LUISA MILLER recordings
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:08:14 -0400

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William Fiorelli asked:

"I would appreciate input regarding recordings of LUISA MILLER ?  Which one is your 
favorite?   Thanks.BILL"

Hands down, the first recording that springs to mind is the first one I heard . . . but not 
merely because it served as introduction to "Luisa," but because over the years none has, in 
my estimation, surpassed it.  It's the classic RCA Victor recording with Anna Moffo, Carlo 
Bergonzi, Shirley Verrett, Cornell MacNeil, Giorgio Tozzi and Ezio Flagello under Fausto 
Cleva.  Every singer is close to perfection in his or her role, with Ms. Moffo giving a 
completely touching, often heart melting performance that identifies with the title role, 
while at the top of her game vocally.  Mr. Bergonzi gives an exemplary lesson in early Verdi 
tenor singing, creating a character that springs to life.  

While "Luisa" is often dismissed . . . or forgotten altogether when talked about among 
Verdi's masterpieces, this recording shows us the composer thriving as master in the post 
bel canto form that would soon develop into his own recognizable style.  

While some may prefer the recording with Caballe and Pavarotti, if I had to pick up a back 
up, mine would be the one with Ricciarelli and Domingo, who (for my money) sound more 
believable in their roles, even though Maazel does not provide the most authentic of Verdian 
stamp to the proceedings.  

I'll be interested to read what other recordings listers may suggest, and why.


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