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Subject: Re: DON CARLO Recordings
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 8 Aug 2017 10:10:38 -0400

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Don Carlo is one of my favorite operas; it has been well served on disk,
although I agree that there is no perfect recording. To my mind the best
studio recording is the Giulini, although the best performances are found on
live recordings (albeit often in awful sound). One of my favorites is the
live Met recording under Adler, with thrilling Rysanek and Corelli. The
supporting cast is variable (though Dalis is terrific), and while it is far
from a perfect performance, it makes me happy.

I agree about Fischer-Dieskau--I often find his opera recordings
disappointing. He brings a lieder-like attention to his singing, not always
a plus in opera. If one can be too punctilious, he is. 

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of william kasimer
Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 9:38 AM
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Subject: Re: DON CARLO Recordings

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

>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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