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Subject: Re: . Il Trittico recordings (2)
From: Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 1 Dec 2018 10:50:08 -0800

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There’s a very good performance, different from others but still (I think) very convincing, on Orfeo d’Or from a 1979 Vienna State Opera staging in excellent stereo sound.

Some of the casting (particularly of “Schicchi”) doesn’t read off as idiomatic Italian, but the performance is full of life.

Gerd Albrecht conducts quite beautifully. I think few will complain about Pilar Lorengar’s Suor Angelica, with searing high notes, but the “Schicchi” with Walter Berry as Schicchi, Sona Ghazarian as Lauretta, Yordi Ramiro as Rinuccio and Margarita Lilova (once upon a time a superb Amneris/Fricka) as Zita surprises, positively. The “Tabarro” is brooding and powerful with prime voiced Renato Bruson as Michele, Marilyn Zschau as Giorgetta (sorry, Kenneth, but that’s what it says in my copy of the score) and a very potent, powerful and studly sounding Vladimir Atlantov as Luigi.

Max Paley

> On Nov 26, 2018, at 2:16 PM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Don Paolo-
> Good as the first Met telecast with Scotto was, to me any discussion of video versions of IL TABARRO  must point to the RA  B&W version led by de Fabritiis with the unbetterable Clara Petrella as Giorgietta: a perfect role for her.  Taglabue's by then bullish sound is apt and the highly intelligent and musical tenor Mirto Picchi, if without much tonal balm, knew his craft very well. One or two of the comprimarii are familiar from other recordings: Mafalda Masini and Mario Carlin for two, Easy to find on Youtube and worth the effort.
> Did anyone on the list ever encounter la Petrella *dal vivo*? A superb stylist.

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