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Verdi: Otello / Sabajano, Fusati, Granforte, La Scala

Release Date: 09/24/2002 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 20012   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nello PalaiCorrado ZambelliEnrico SpadaMaria Carbone,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
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Works on This Recording

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nello Palai (Tenor), Corrado Zambelli (Bass), Enrico Spada (Bass),
Maria Carbone (Soprano), Tamara Beltacchi (Mezzo Soprano), Nicola Fusati (Tenor),
Apollo Granforte (Baritone), Piero Girardi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: 1931 - 1932 

Customer Reviews

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 A Historical Treasure April 18, 2012 By Basil De Pinto (Piedmont, CA) See All My Reviews "I have owned this recording since I was a teenager, in the 1940's. It deserves high praise for one great performer, Apollo Granforte, the Jago. He is a baritone of impressive vocal and acting skill, as he proved in other complete sets, such as his Di Luna in Trovatore with Aureliano Pertile. In Otello he makes a formidable villain, oily in "Era la notte" and vicious in his triumphant "Ecco il leone" at the end of Act 3. The rest of the cast is adequate at best, the Desdemona of Maria Carbone being slightly better than that. As the protagonist, Nicola Fusati sings all the notes, but his slightly nasal voice is not pleasing and his characterisation of Otello is bland. There is a notable blooper in the trumpets of the opening scene, and of course the mono sound is primitive by later sonic standards. But this set is required listening for immense contribution of Granforte; aside from the irreplaceable Titta Ruffo he owns this role on discs." Report Abuse
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