WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Verdi: Attila / Gardelli, Raimondi, Bergonzi, Milnes

Release Date: 09/19/1989 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426115   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero RaimondiSherrill MilnesRiccardo CassinelliCarlo Bergonzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraAmbrosian SingersFinchley Children's Music Group
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

Low Stock: Currently 3 or fewer in stock. Usually ships in 24 hours, unless stock becomes depleted.  
On sale! $34.98
ArkivCD  $31.99
Low Stock

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes full libretto.


One of the earliest of Philips's Verdi 'collection', this set is to be welcomed in its CD format as it represents the very best aspects of the series. Gardelli has an innate feeling for the merits of early Verdi, never presses the music too hard, and makes the very most of this score's many vivid and exciting passages. Its libretto is weak, but that hardly matters when listening to the basic energy of Verdi's music for all his principals. Though not all sing with the fine combination of fervour and style shown by Bergonzi as the knight Foresto, none is less than satisfying. Raimondi wants some of the weight and vigour needed for the rough, vicious Attila, but he characterizes the
Read more tyrant well enough. Milnes is a rugged, lively Ezio, but his tone is sometimes less than ideally focused. Deutekom's range of expression as Odabella is limited, but she is splendid in her big scene in the Prologue and finds the gentle manner for her First Act cavatina.

The Ambrosians and the RPO are well in the picture. The recording, nicely balanced and with a few 'clistancings' where needed, has stood the test of 17 years.

-- Gramophone [3/1990]
Read less

Works on This Recording

Attila by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Jules Bastin (Bass), Cristina Deutekom (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Finchley Children's Music Group
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Wembly Town Hall, London 
Length: 105 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title