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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Ifigenia in Tauride
Nino Sanzogno, cond; Maria Callas (
); Dino Dondi (
); Fiorenza Cossotto (
); Francesco Albanese (
); Anselmo Colzani (
); La Scala O & Ch
OPERA D’ORO 7085 (126:02
class="ARIAL12">Text and Translation) Live: Milan 6/1/57
This performance was issued on the Melodram label and reviewed by Robert Levine in
11:3. As Levine pointed out, there were two earlier issues (FWR 649, MRF 63). It was also reviewed in
magazine by Lionel Dunlop, who felt that the original French text was better than the Italian text used in this version. Dunlop admired Maria Callas, but had negative reactions to both Dino Dondi and Francesco Albanese. He did admire Anselmo Colzani, and surprisingly did not mention Fiorenza Cossotto. Levine felt that the performance was shoddy. He also disliked Dondi and Albanese, although he did admire Callas, Cossotto, and Nino Sanzogno.
Callas is, as usual, excellent in this role. Otherwise, only Colzani and Cossotto are fine. I agree that Dondi and Albanese are not at all good. Sanzogno conducts well. Although I have not heard the previous releases on Melodram, FWR, or MRF, all mentions of those recordings criticize the sound. On this one the sound is quite acceptable.
The booklet contains notes by Bill Parker, a synopsis, and texts in Italian and English. The English translation is a literal version of the French text.
There are many recordings of this opera in its original French. In
26:5 James Camner reviewed the Bella Voce release conducted by Henry Lewis in a 1974 broadcast starring Marilyn Horne, Richard Stilwell, and Werner Hollweg, and said, “No other recording that I’ve encountered has as many pluses as this. Not to be missed.” Camner also wrote a review of a Telarc recording starring Cristine Goerke, Rodney Gilfrey, and Vincent Cole, conducted by Martin Pearlman. Camner’s review was positive, but he said, “The Callas recording is in a class by itself.”
This release is recommended for Callas’s incomparable performance. My other favorite is the Telarc recording, although there are may fine recordings of this great opera.
FANFARE: Bob Rose
Works on This Recording
Iphigénie en Tauride by Christoph W. Gluck
Francesco Albanese (Tenor),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
Anselmo Colzani (Baritone),
Edith Martelli (Soprano),
Costantino Ego (Baritone),
Dino Dondi (Baritone),
Franco Piva (Bass),
Stefania Malagú (Mezzo Soprano),
Eva Perotti (Alto),
Maria Callas (Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1778-1779; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 06/01/1957
Venue: Live Milan, Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
language October 11, 2012
By Juris Ezerins (Smiltene, Latvia) See All My Reviews
"Nice opera, good performers but in italian it doesn't sound ! Must listen and compare with Callas singing only one aria from Act II - O malheurese Iphigenie - in french ! Recorded Salle Wagram, Paris, 1963 . Incomparable !"