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Subject: Re: LUISA MILLER recordings
From: Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Henson Keys <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:50:15 -0500
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I love the Scotto/Domingo DVD with the exception of Giaotti, who goes
painfully flat at the end of his first aria.  Scotto and Domingo are
white-hot in Verdi's brilliant last act.
Henson

On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 6:31 PM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> There are reasons enough not to mention it, but I can't help wondering
> what Verdi collectors think of the two performances I happen to own:
> the 1943, in German, with Maria Cebotari, Hans Hopf, and Josef
> Hermann, under Elmendorff, from Dresden; and the 1979 Met, with Scotto,
> Domingo, and Milnes, Levine conducting, which was released on cd by Gala,
> and was only for sale about fifteen minutes before the lawyers noticed..
> The German one was an lp set, which I haven't seen in a while, but the cds
> I have in my hand.
>
> dtmk
>
> On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 12:53 PM, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > The Moffo/Bergonzi/MacNeil recording is indeed marvelous and I agree with
> > Paul, to t his date, it has not been surpassed.  Luisa has been lucky on
> > recordings.  The Caballe/Pavarotti/Milnes recording and the
> > Ricciarelli/Domingo/Bruson recordings are indeed wonderful.  There is
> also
> > the old Cetra with Lucy Kelson, an aging Giacomo Lauri-Volpi and Scipio
> > Colombo that is usually forgotten but its an interesting relic.  It was
> > recorded ca 1951.  Lauri-Volpi was of course Rosa Ponselle's Rodolfo at
> the
> > Meet in 1929.  There is a Met Broadcast which might be or not available
> in
> > some form from Dec. 11, 1971 with a beautifully sung Luisa by Adriana
> > Maliponte, a great and sadly neglected soprano, John Alexander (Domingo
> had
> > been the prima), MacNeil and Bonaldo Giaiotti under James Levine.  Its a
> > superb perforomance.  The last Met production recorded with Aprile Millo,
> > Domingo, Vladimir Chernov also under Levine is on Sony and it has its
> > points.  I consider the last act a portent of things to come and just
> about
> > as good as anything Verdi wrote.  The preghiera for Luisa and both duets,
> > with Miller and Rodolfo, are top drawer Verdi.
> >
> > Donald
> >
> > On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 5:14 AM, tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > > One of the true disappointments of my operatic experience was the year
> > the
> > > Met orchestra was on strike for the first month or two, so they had to
> > > cancel Luisa Miller with Caballe and Bergonzi. When I first saw Luisa
> > > Miller the year before with Caballe and Tucker, I knew nothing about
> that
> > > opera but fell in love with it the first night I saw it. Luisa is a
> role
> > I
> > > doubt Moffo would ever have performed live. I love the RCA recording
> > > primarily as I am partial to Bergonzi, however, the Caballe-Pavarotti
> > > recording is outstanding as well. I doubt that any soprano ever sang
> the
> > > role of Luisa better than Caballe.  Scotto is very good on the Met DVD,
> > but
> > > I prefer Caballe's voice to Renata's. Domingo and the rest of the cast
> on
> > > that DVD are excellent as well.
> > >
> > >
> > > ________________________________
> > > From: Discussion of opera and related issues <
> [log in to unmask]
> > >
> > > on behalf of G. Paul Padillo <[log in to unmask]>
> > > Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 7:08 AM
> > > To: [log in to unmask]
> > > Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] LUISA MILLER recordings
> > >
> > > 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.
> > >
> > > p.
> > >
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