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Karajan brings both magnificent grandeur and ravishing intimacy to this grandest of grand operas, aided by a top-notch cast.
Karajan brings both magnificent grandeur and ravishing intimacy to this grandest of grand operas, aided by a top-notch cast. Read less
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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
José van Dam (Bass Baritone),
Thomas Moser (Tenor),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor)
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,
Vienna State Opera Chorus
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 05/1979
Venue: Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, Austria
Length: 154 Minutes 36 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A Fine performance August 13, 2016
By Joseph Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews
"This Aida, although a very fine performances, has a few drawback for me. First of all although Karajan's leading of the Vienna Philharmonic is excellent, as with so many of his recordings of opera has some tempos that are just too slow. Also the orchestra at times over powers the performance and in my estimation the vocals should be able to be heard clearly at all times. This is not always the case here. All the singers are in fine voice and carry off their roles in fine fashion. Carreras in in top form as is Freni, although at times she is a bit harsh and pushes on her voice where it is not really needed. Agnes Balsa is exceptional as Amneris and well worth the listen. A fine representation over all with all great singers but just a little rough around the edges to rank first in my choices to relisten. I still feel the Leontyne Price is the true owner of this title role."
A summit! July 2, 2013
By Jean-Pierre L. (Piedmont, QC) See All My Reviews
"This Aida I had in a vinyl format was one of my first and favorite. Now with this digital remastering is quite good in sound. One of the strong point with this version is Karajan and the Wiener Philharmoniker in the most somptuous orchestral version ever. Adding to that José Carreras at his peak and the young and beautiful Mirella Freni as a fragile and young Aida is remarkable. All the singing in this version is very good. Van Dam as King of Egypt is perfect, Raimondi in Ramfis also and Baltsa is incredible in Amneris. So for my opinion this is one of the best and most somptuous version of the most popular of Verdi's opera."