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Verdi: Aida / Maazel, Chiara, Pavarotti, Dimitrova, Nucci

Release Date: 11/21/2011 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001616502  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiLeo NucciGhena DimitrovaPaata Burchuladze,   ... 
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...Chiara, who has up to this point, been an adequate Aida, begins to phrase with the sensitivity and feeling of which we know she's capable (though I do wonder why Decca never used her in a complete set 15 years ago when her voice was that much fresher). "0 patria mia" is given with burnished tone and finely sculpted, long-breathed phrasing. The duet with Amonasro is even better. Nucci here sounds in much more settled voice than in more recent recordings and is, as always, a convincing actor with his voice. He and Chiara set each other alight, and the flame continues in the duet with Pavarotti's Radames, which combines elegance with fire. As he admitted in an interview during an interval in the Scala performance on TV, his isn't Read more a natural voice for the part but—in the style of Björling (without hoping to be compared with him)—he thought he managed it successfully. The comparison is in fact apt. Here, and throughout the role, he matches the Swedish tenor (on the Perlea/RCA set) and also Bergonzi in the Karajan version (Decca), in line and in control of dynamics. Also, when he's present Maazel is persuaded to give the score a forward-moving pulse to suit the tenor's wishes.

...No doubt the many admirers of Pavarotti will want this set—and they will not be disappointed in his contribution. It has all his customary élan, allied to care for words and line...

-- Gramophone [5/1990]
reviewing the original release of this recording, Decca 417439
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Works on This Recording

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Leo Nucci (Baritone), Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano),
Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Luigi Roni (Bass), Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor),
Madelyn Renee (Soprano), Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  Studio Abanella, Milan, Italy 
Length: 151 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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