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Subject: Re: DON CARLO Recordings
From: william kasimer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:william kasimer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2017 09:38:17 -0400

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On Mon, 7 Aug 2017 17:19:47 -0700, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>My favorite recordings of Don Carlo remain the 4 Act Cetra with Caniglia,
>Stignani, Picchi, Silveri, Neri and Rossi-Lemeni under Previtali and the 5
>Act Decca Solti set with Tebaldi, Bumbry, Bergonzi, Merrill & Ghiaurov.  

If only you were correct about the cast, I might agree with you.  But it's not Merrill as Posa 
- it's Fischer-Dieskau, whom I consider a huge liability.  I'm also not a big fan of Milnes and 
Raimondi, which is a problem for my appreciation the Giulini recording.

I haven't found a favorite Don Carlo(s) recording yet - they almost all have their good 
points, but they're all flawed in some way.  I usually end up mixing and matching from 
various recordings, mostly live broadcasts, particularly the 1977 Abbado from La Scala with 
Freni and Carreras (before he blew out his voice), issued by Myto, which is a very complete 
five act version, and is, alas, OOP and ridiculously priced on the used market.

I dislike pretty much every recording of the French version, not because of the language, 
but because of weak casts.

Another recording that doesn't get much love is the one on Naxos, conducted by Hold-
Garrido.  Most of the singing is good, if not particularly memorable compared to more 
famous exponents of the roles, with one outstanding exception - Peter Mattei's Posa is, 
without question, the finest on record.


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