Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The two essential reasons for owning this performance of La forza del destino – in preference to all rivals, in spite of a few small cuts – are the incomparable artistry of Maria Callas and the incisive, completely authoritative conducting of Tullio Serafin. For one small example of Serafin’s superb direction, listen to the conclusion of the Alvaro/Carlo scene in Act 3 – marked Allegro agitato e presto. Here he achieves an electric intensity where the first violins accompany with piano triplets which really bristle. Serafin is never frenetic, yet he creates maximum drama. A further example encapsulating all his finest qualities would be the very final scene of the opera. It must be emphasised that his near-ideal conducting contributes
enormously to the desirability of this set."
-- Philip Borg-Wheeler, MusicWeb International [11/2008]
Works on This Recording
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Carlo Tagliabue (Baritone),
Nicola Rossi-Lemeni (Bass),
Elena Nicolai (Mezzo Soprano),
Maria Callas (Soprano),
Renato Capecchi (Baritone),
Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Rina Cavallari (Mezzo Soprano),
Dario Caselli (Bass),
Richard Tucker (Tenor),
Gino Del Signore (Tenor)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/1954
Venue: La Scala Theater, Milan, Italy
Length: 164 Minutes 51 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869.
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