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Subject: Re: Luisa Miller Recording(s)
From: Leonor <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Leonor <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:54:59 -0400
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On Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:51:32 -0400, Michael Delos <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I suppose one should limit our "votes" to commercial recordings, but I'd
>like to put in a strong preference for an RAI broadcast from 1974:
>
>    Gilda Cruz-Romo (soprano)
>    Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)
>    Matteo Manuguerra (baritone)
>    Raffaele Ariť, Ferrucio Mazzoli (bass)
>    Cristina Angelakova (mezzo-soprano)
>
>    Maag, Peter (conductor)
>    Orchestra e Coro di Torino della RAI
>
>Pav is in gleaming voice - Act 3, which is always so
>startling to people coming to the opera for the 1st time,
>with it's intimations of the later Verdi style - finds him
>at the top of his game. I love the way he (and Maag)
>traverse(s) " Son le stille, il gel che piomba
>dalla volta d'una tomba! "   Cruz-Romo is solid -
>the real Verdi sound and Manguerra I consider
>one of the most under-rated baritones of all
>times.  Gorgeous voice, great style, great technique.
>
>I'm a huge fan of early Verdi - the tonic/dominant
>naivete, the unabashed Patriotism, the testosterone.
>Perhaps some of them are now 'operas best left
>to the aural imagination' as they would be too
>stilted or impossible to stage/cast realistically - 
>Giovanna d'Arco and La Battaglia di Legnano come
>to mind.  I feel the same way about Pearl Fishers
>actually - lovely music, and I can stage it in my
>imagination while listening to a recording far more
>effectively than anything I could see on stage.  I
>can also fast forward through the long stretches
>of not very distinguished music and get to the
>best bits!
>
>But back to L. Miller - it pays many, many dividends
>to one who is coming to it fresh - without knowing
>a note of it beyond the big aria.  If Verdi had 
>written nothing else but Act 3 of this opera, we'd
>be speaking of him historically with awe. 
>
>My .02
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Herer it is, complete on youtube.

http://tinyurl.com/yd2drkkx







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