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    Il Trovatore

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    This is my recording of Trov on cd. Classic cast and lots to enjoy, Price/ Domingo/ Cossotto/ Milnes with Mehta in charge!! 1970 vintage.

    So what other recordings of this wonderful opera can you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da55id View Post
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    This is my recording of Trov on cd. Classic cast and lots to enjoy, Price/ Domingo/ Cossotto/ Milnes with Mehta in charge!! 1970 vintage.

    So what other recordings of this wonderful opera can you recommend?
    IIRC, there was a sound problem with mine and I sent it back. I got another and there was a problem with that too. Does your copy say it's been re-mastered?

    But, in answer to your question - I've got





    and



    and they're all good but my favourite is the Davis with Carreras.
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    IIRC, there was a sound problem with mine and I sent it back. I got another and there was a problem with that too. Does your copy say it's been re-mastered?

    But, in answer to your question - I've got





    and



    and they're all good but my favourite is the Davis with Carreras.
    Firstly, yes my copy of the Price/Domingo has been remastered.

    And thanks for your recommendations the Davis/Carreras/Ricciarelli looks mouthwatering!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da55id View Post
    Firstly, yes my copy of the Price/Domingo has been remastered.

    And thanks for your recommendations the Davis/Carreras/Ricciarelli looks mouthwatering!!
    I might get the Price/Domingo if the sound is OK now. I love Milnes!
    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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    I also like these recordings

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    maybe slightly favouring the Schippers' recording,

    Franco Corelli (Manrico), Gabriella Tucci (Leonora), Luciana Moneta (Inez), Giulietta Simionato (Azucena), Robert Merrill (Count di Luna), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Ferrando), Angelo Mercuriali (Ruiz) & Mario Rinaudo (An Old Gypsy)
    Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Thomas Schippers
    Recorded Jul/Aug Opera House Rome 1964, digitally remastered Stephen Jones 1990

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    I have the Mehta/Domingo and Davis/Carreras recordings, and enjoy both -- Mehta especially for Milnes' Conte di Luna, and Davis for the Ricciarelli/Carreras team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
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    Interesting. I have several of the same cast, different conductor (like this one a lot):
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Verdi: Rigoletto
    Kubelik, Scotto, Bergonzi, Fisher-Dieskau, Cossetto



    One of my favorite operas by my favorite opera composers. This is my first listen to this particular recording. Primarily selected for Bergonzi who is my favorite tenor. Surprisingly he disappoints slightly in his Act I duet with Gilda, but otherwise I am enjoying his performance. Scotto is also a treat to listen to in fine voice here. I think I prefer other conductors to Kubelik in this opera, but I am not skilled in analysis and have a poor memory in any case

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I also like these recordings

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    maybe slightly favouring the Schippers' recording,

    Franco Corelli (Manrico), Gabriella Tucci (Leonora), Luciana Moneta (Inez), Giulietta Simionato (Azucena), Robert Merrill (Count di Luna), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Ferrando), Angelo Mercuriali (Ruiz) & Mario Rinaudo (An Old Gypsy)
    Coro e Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Thomas Schippers
    Recorded Jul/Aug Opera House Rome 1964, digitally remastered Stephen Jones 1990
    I have heard the Schippers- very good!

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    Not the best of sound, but a fine performance.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Da55id View Post
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    This is my recording of Trov on cd. Classic cast and lots to enjoy, Price/ Domingo/ Cossotto/ Milnes with Mehta in charge!! 1970 vintage.

    So what other recordings of this wonderful opera can you recommend?

    I have that recording, but find Trovatore maybe the least approachable of Verdi's operas. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've even listened to it... So, don't know offhand if it has the sound problem Annie referred to. I'll put it at the top of today's listening.

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    One of my favorite recordings. Reminds me why Katia Ricciarelli was one of the reigning sopranos back in the 1970s and 80s. She sounds great here, and this is my favorite of my La Donna del Lago sets:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    ...but I have a poor memory in any case
    Sorry.




    What were we talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I have that recording, but find Trovatore maybe the least approachable of Verdi's operas. Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I've even listened to it... So, don't know offhand if it has the sound problem Annie referred to. I'll put it at the top of today's listening.
    Trovatore was the first Verdi opera that took me by storm. It has a lot of great music. Give it a listen and I think you will like it.
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    So, after this morning's intent to listen to the Mehta Il Trovatore, when I went to cue it up, I couldn't find it in my iTunes library. I was sure that I had purchased it, and rifled thru my hard copy files, located the CDs and and couldn't believe that I neglected to download it - but vaguely recalled a problem with the original download. I did the download, had no problems, and was caught off guard by the beauty of the singing. Leontyne Price is always a pleasure, but her voice really glows here - Fiorenza Cossotto, I think, tends to be underappreciated. When I see a recording with her as one of the leads, I almost always buy it, knowing that it will be something to look forward to.

    However, what is really stunning is listening to Placido Domingo at his peak and luxuriating in just how beautiful and strong his voice was in those days. It really is a revelation. It brought back memories.

    In sum, a terrific recording.

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