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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Levine, Domingo, Millo, Zajick, Et Al

Release Date: 03/22/1994 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 48070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Aprile MilloDolora ZajicVladimir ChernovJames Morris,   ... 
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera ChorusMetropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What a superb work this is: the quintessential Italian opera, with its absurd melodramatic plot and its wealth of glorious melody. It receives a fine, full-bloodedly Italianate performance from James Levine and his Metropolitan Opera forces, despite the fact that the international cast contains no Italians. As Manrico, Plácido Domingo compensates in musicianship, intelligence and attractive vocal quality for what he lacks in sheer visceral excitement, a quality which the other principals exhibit in abundance. Aprile Millo’s note-values may not always be exact, but she is a convincing Leonora, at her best in her Act IV scene with the villainous Di Luna, suavely characterised and sung by Vladimir Chernov. Dolora Zajick brings the gypsy Read more Azucena to fierce and vibrant life, and the lavish casting of James Morris in the secondary role of Ferrando is a bonus. A full score is performed without any of the usual theatre cuts, and James Levine shows himself fully cognisant of the opera’s real stature. His orchestra is prominent, but not damagingly so. Indeed, a lot of orchestral detail is heard, allowing more of Verdi’s felicitous scoring to be noticed than is often the case. There are other fine performances of Il trovatore, but this one is better than most.

Performance: *****
Sound: *****

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Aprile Millo (Soprano), Dolora Zajic (Mezzo Soprano), Vladimir Chernov (Baritone),
James Morris (Bass), Sondra Kelly (Alto), Anthony Laciura (Tenor),
Glenn Bater (Bass), Tim Willson (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Manhattan Center Studio, New York City 
Length: 129 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Featured Sound Samples

Act II: "Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto"
Act IV: "Mira, di acerbe lagrime"

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