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Verdi: Aida / Mehta, Nilsson, Bumbry, Corelli, Sereni


Release Date: 01/13/2011 
Label:  Emi Studio Catalog #: 63229   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Birgit NilssonMario SereniFranco CorelliBonaldo Giaiotti,   ... 
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Tenors truly equipped to sing the role of Radames are few and far between. Caruso, Martinelli, Pertile, Lauri-Volpi, del Monaco and Vickers are names that spring immediately to mind. Franco Corelli was certainly among their number; indeed, on the strength of his performance here he might be considered at least their peer. The metallic, stentorian tone, the fiery declamation, the long-breathed phrasing quite belie the reputation he had while active for being somewhat below the calibre of his predecessors in the part. There is nobody today, not even Domingo or Pavarotti, who can deliver Radames's music with such panache and seemingly endless reserves of power. His account of that old warhorse, "Celeste Aida", with its trumpet-like Read more accents, careful use of portamento and broad phrasing—listen to how he takes "Del mio pensiero tu sei regina" in a single breath—is memorable, and the final B flat is attacked forte, then fined away to a piano. Similar sensitivity is evident in the middle of the Third Act duet with Aida. Then there's the sheer thrill of Corelli's heroic sound on the high As, flung out, as it were, into the theatre, after the discovery of Radames's treachery. In the Fourth Act, Corelli captures much of the pathos and dignity of Radames before Amneris and finds much of the eloquence for the finale.

-- Gramophone [1/1990]

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I bought the complete Aida recording when it was issued in 1967 and it is in many ways a superb version. Corelli’s Celeste Aida is a reading to treasure, not least for the final B flat, starting fortissimo and then being gradually and seamlessly fined down to a beautiful pianissimo. The end of the Nile scene finds him in heroic form and Birgit Nilsson seems almost like a soubrette by his side to begin with. The confrontations between Nilsson and Corelli in the opera houses are legendary and it seems they have brought this rivalry into the Rome studio as well. Sparks are really flying when Ms Nilsson lets loose and the trio is completed with Mario Sereni’s strong-voiced and sonorous Amonasro.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Mario Sereni (Baritone), Franco Corelli (Tenor),
Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass), Piero de Palma (Tenor),
Mirella Fiorentini (Mezzo Soprano), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: c1967 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Aida (1989 Digital Remaster): Prelude
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Sì, corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca (Ramfis, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Se quel guerrier io fossi! (Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Celeste Aida (Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo! (Amneris, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Vieni, o diletta' appressati (Amneris, Aida, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Alta cagion v'aduna (King, Messenger, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Priests, Officers)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido (King, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Ramfis, Priests, Officers, Messenger)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 1: Ritorna vincitor! (Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Possente Fthà...Ti che nulla hai tratto (Priestess, Ramfis, Priests, Priestesses)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Sacred Dance of the Priestesses... Immenso Fthà...Mortal, diletto ai Numi (Priestesses, Ramfis, Priests)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Nume, custode e vindice (Ramfis, Radames, Priests, Priestesses, Priestess)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi (Slaves, Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Dance of the Moorish Slaves
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Vieni, sul crin ti piovano (Slaves, Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta (Amneris, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Pietà ti prenda del mio dolor (Amneris, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 1: Su! del Nilo...Numi, pietà del mio martir (Chorus, Amneris, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside (Crowd, Priests)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Triumphal March
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Ballet
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Vieni, o guerriero vindice (People, Priests)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Salvator della patria (King, Radames, Ramfis, Priests)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Che veggo!...Ma tu, Re (Aida, Amneris, Amonasro, Kings, Prisoners, Ramfis, Priests, People)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: Il dolor che in quel volto favella (Tutti)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 2, Scene 2: O Re, pei sacri Numi...Gloria all'Egitto (Radames, King, Ramfis, Amneris, Amonasro, Tutti)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: O tu che sei d'Osiride (Chorus)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Vieni d'Iside al Tempio (Ramfis, Amneris, Chorus)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Qui Radames verrà (Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: O patria mia (Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Ciel! mio padre (Aida, Amonasro)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamente (Amonasro, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Radames, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Nel fiero anelito di nuova guerra (Radames, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti...Là, tra foreste vergini (Aida, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 3: Ma dimmi; per qual via (Aida, Radames, Amonasro, Amneris, Ramfis)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 1: L'abborrita rivale a me sfuggia (Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 1: Già i sacerdoti adunansi (Amneris, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 1: Ohimè! morir mi sento! (Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 1: Spirito del Nume (Ramfis, Priests, Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 1: A lui vivo, la tomba!...Sacerdoti:compiste un delitto! (Ramfis, Priests, Amneris)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 2: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse (Radames, Aida)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 2: Vedi? Di morte l'angelo...Immenso Fthà (Aida, Priestesses, Priests, Radames)
Aida (1989 Digital Remaster), Act 4, Scene 2: O terra, addio (Aida, Radames, Priests, Priestesses, Amneris)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 An almost perfect Aida? December 15, 2012 By Ralph Acosta (Westland, MI) See All My Reviews "This performance is so fine that it (almost) overcomes the usual dead lackluster recording quality of EMI. If only this cast and conductor had been recorded by the Decca team, we would have had THE Aida; however it is still wonderful. Nilsson is here, and was, a great live Aida especially in Acts 2 and 3 and she had wonderful piannisimi for the last act, only her lack of portamento takes away from a thrilling performance. Bumbry is very very good as usual, and Sereni is fine with truly great phrasing and thrust and his rapid vibrato makes for a wonderfully exciting Amonasro. Bonaldo Giaiotti sounds like the basso cantante of the ages with that beautiful dark rolling flood of sound, to me, the best since Pinza in his prime. That leaves Corelli: perhaps the best all around commercial recording he made in the studio, without the electric benefit of an audiance. Critics give me a big pain whining about his supposed vulgaity and other negatives they apply to him; probably because the tenors they like were and are physically incapable of doing such vulgar vocal feats! Mehta's conducting is perfect for this cast and keeps the excitement right up there despite the sound. This recording is worth every penny and should be a must for any lover of Aida." Report Abuse
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