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Verdi: Stiffelio / Gardelli, Carreras, Sass, ORF SO

Release Date: 08/09/2005 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 000492302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Thomas MoserWladimiro GanzarolliSylvia SassJosé Carreras,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony OrchestraAustrian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is generally agreed now that Stiffelio is more successful than its revised successor Aroldo, which was issued by CBS on CD in December last year. Its rediscovery in the late 1960s has enabled this reassessment, fully discussed in Julian Budden's introduction to the set. The drama has greater unity. Stiffelio himself is almost a dry run for Otello, a man of generous instincts who is forced into a ruinous situation. As a whole the score is, as Budden suggests, the most unjustly neglected of Verdi's operas. Had it not been suppressed by the censors, and then unsatisfactorily revised, it would surely have a regular part in the repertory, as the story and its handling are far superior to what preceded them in the Verdi canon.
Read more /> The title-role is a gift for an accomplished tenor: Carreras catches the moral fervour and uncertainties of the part with his open-hearted, spontaneous performance, another in a gallery that is beginning, in perspective, to place him in a high place among Verdi tenors on record. As Lina, who is—as RO averred in his original review—"torn between steadfastness and vulnerability", Sylvia Sass also offers a rewarding performance, alternating delicacy with fiery strength, though technically she isn't always as secure as one might ideally wish. Manuguerra is appropriately venomous as Stankar but his voice hasn't any particular distinction, tending to sound nasal, nor has his reading much individuality, but he is never less than adequate.

Gardelli here adds another vital performance to his long series of Verdi readings even if he isn't quite as alert as in his London-made sets, possibly because the recording has somewhat less clarity and the Austrian Radio orchestra is not that acute. But any reservations pale before the importance of the work in hand to all Verdians, and enough is achieved to prove its worth. Besides, it is an essential purchase for Carreras enthusiasts.

-- Gramophone [3/1990, reviewing Philips 422432]

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Works on This Recording

Stiffelio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Thomas Moser (Tenor), Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Bass), Sylvia Sass (Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor), Matteo Manuguerra (Baritone), Ezio Di Cesare (Tenor),
Maria Venuti (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Austrian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1979 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 108 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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