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Verdi: Macbeth / Muti, Milnes, Cossotto, Carreras, Et Al

Release Date: 10/05/1999 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 67128   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill MilnesRuggero RaimondiFiorenza CossottoJosé Carreras,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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This recording of Verdi's Macbeth had the misfortune to come out on the heels of Claudio Abbado's superb set with Shirley Verrett and Piero Cappuccilli and was practically overlooked as a result. And that's a pity--it's really very good. Muti leads like a house-on-fire, whipping the Witches into a frenzy and never allowing too much of the oom-pah side of the opera to sneak out. His Macbeth is the fine Sherrill Milnes in perhaps his best recorded performance, singing like a man possessed and with every note and feeling of this complex character at his command. His Lady is the gigantic Fiorenza Cossotto, ungraceful but thrilling and with quite an attitude. Ruggero Read more Raimondi's Banquo is dignified and he sings the aria well. Jose Carreras' Macduff is so beautifully sung that realizing what has happened to his voice can bring tears to your eyes. The Ambrosian Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra play and sing as if they were afraid of Muti, which wouldn't surprise me one bit. If you don't have a recording of Macbeth, this one at mid-price will fill the bill nicely.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
José Carreras (Tenor), Giuliano Bernardi (Tenor), Carlos Del Bosco (Bass),
Maria Borgato (Mezzo Soprano), Leslie Fyson (Baritone), John Noble (Baritone),
Nielson Taylor (Baritone), Christopher Keyte (Bass), Sara Grossman (),
Timothy Sprackling ()
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1976 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 151 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Selection recorded at EMI Abbey Road Studios and Kingsway Hall, London, England. 

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