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Donizetti: La Favorita / Pavarotti, Cossotto, Verchi, Et Al


Release Date: 03/23/1999 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1196   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Fiorenza CossottoLuciano PavarottiPiero CappuccilliLuisa Macchinizzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Nino Verchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Luciano Pavarotti and Fiorenza Cossotto recorded this opera commercially four years after this 1974 La Scala taping, but on the whole, this performance rings truer and is more exciting. Not only are the two principals in marginally fresher voice here, but the theatre atmosphere really brings out their competitive spirit--and they thrill, scene after scene. Piero Cappuccilli as Alfonso is properly nasty and sings rings around the almost too classy Gabriel Bacquier on Decca, while Ivo Vinco is good in the dreary role of Baldassare. The otherwise unknown Nino Verchi leads a taut performance--but how could he fail with a cast like this, in this form? A very exciting release.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Luciano Pavarotti and Fiorenza Cossotto recorded this opera commercially four years after this 1974 La Scala taping, but on the whole, this performance rings truer and is more exciting. Not only are the two principals in marginally fresher voice here, but the theatre atmosphere really brings out their competitive spirit--and they thrill, scene after scene. Piero Cappuccilli as Alfonso is properly nasty and sings rings around the almost too classy Gabriel Bacquier on Decca, while Ivo Vinco is good in the dreary role of Baldassare. The otherwise unknown Nino Verchi leads a taut performance--but how could he fail with a cast like this, in this form? A very exciting release.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

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La Favorita by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Luisa Macchinizzi (Soprano), Ivo Vinco (Bass), Renzo Romani (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nino Verchi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/28/1974 
Venue:  Live  Milan, Italy 
Length: 129 Minutes 8 Secs. 

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