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Donizetti: Lucrezia Borgia / Perlea, Caballe, Kraus, Verrett, Flagello

Release Date: 09/29/1989 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 6642   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Camillo SforzaShirley VerrettAlfredo KrausFernando Iacopucci,   ... 
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera OrchestraRCA Italian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[Caballé's] alternations of tenderness and regal authority bring [the title character] to a more interesting kind of life than Sutherland manages to do, and when she is playing opposite Alfredo Kraus a genuinely mutual responsiveness does much to counteract the sense of a concert performance or merely "going through the score". With the proviso that there aren't any trills worth speaking of (and they are not a luxury in this role), Caballé sings the part beautifully, her voice at its loveliest, the tone completely steady and the breadth of phrasing a delight. Kraus is splendid; Flagello sonorous and preferable in the part to the baritone Ingvar Wixell; and as Orsini, Verrett has exactly the freshness that makes it Read more just possible to think of her as Gennaro's young friend, which [Marilyn] Horne, for all the sumptousness of her voice, did not. On balance, then, I prefer this recording as far as the singing is concerned—and that is much... As to the musical value of the opera, if it were all up to the standard of the Prologue, with its intensely moving ensemble, it would be great indeed; as it is, I still find it yielding more, rather than less, as time goes by.

-- Gramophone [9/1980, comparing this recording with the Sutherland/Bonynge Decca recording]
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Works on This Recording

Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Camillo Sforza (Baritone), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor),
Fernando Iacopucci (Tenor), Vito Maria Brunetti (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano),
Ezio Flagello (Bass), Giuseppe Baratti (Tenor), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor),
Robert Amis El Hage (Bass), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass), Franco Romano (Bass),
Franco Ruta (Tenor), Andrea Mineo (Baritone)
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1966 
Venue:  RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy 
Length: 134 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Customer Reviews

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 Superb Performances March 25, 2018 By T Price Zimmermann (Huntersville, NC) See All My Reviews "Superb performances by all the eminent principals render this version a highly desirable choice. Under the baton of Jonel Perlea this seldom heard opera of Donizetti's--quite un-historical but intensely dramatic--is packed with thrilling vocal performances. Caballe and Kraus at their best. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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