"Cappuccilli's Boccanegra derives its authority and dignity from his longsighted and extraordinarily powerful phrasing, just as the poignancy of insecurity in the inky depths of Ghiaurov's Fiesco seems to foretell the tragedy of their relationship.
For Carreras, there is barely a moment of strain, as his carefully nourished lyrical lines are strengthened by the precision of their pointing, while van Dam manages to convey the full extent of Paolo's desire for "oro, possanza, onore" within the opening seconds of a deeply perceptive performance. At the risk of making the whole thing sound quite improbably outstanding, it must be added that new technology has revealed an untarnished radiance in Mirella Freni's topRead more register: she, above anyone else, uses Verdi's writing with vivid assurance to convey every flicker of pulse in Amelia's shifting emotions."
– Gramophone [9/1986]
"Abbado's 1977 recording of Simon Boccanagra is one of the most beautiful Verdi sets ever made. The playing of the orchestra is brilliantly incisive as well as refined, so that the drama is underlined by extra sharpness of focus."
Simon Boccanegraby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
José Carreras (Tenor),
Giovanni Foiani (Bass),
Antonio Savastano (Tenor),
José Van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1857; Italy Date of Recording: 1977
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: Che dicesti? (Paolo, Pietro, Simone, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: L'altra magion vedete? (Paolo, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: "A te l'estremo addio" - "Il lacerato spirito"
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: Suona ogni labbro il mio nome (Simone, Fiesco)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Ecco la spada (Gabriele, Doge, Paolo, Amelia, Fiesco, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Quei due vedesti? (Paolo, Pietro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Prigoniero in qual loco m'adduci? (Fiesco, Paolo)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Udisti? ...Vil disegno! (Paolo, Gabriele)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Tu qui? ... Amelia! (Amelia, Gabriele)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Figlia? ... Si afflitto, o padre mio? (Doge, Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Oh! Amelia ... ami ... un nemico (Doge, Gabriele, Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: All'armi, all'armi, o Liguri (Coro, Amelia, Gabriele, Doge)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: Evviva il Doge! (Coro, Capitano, Fiesco, Paolo)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: M'ardon le tempia (Doge, Fiesco)
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BeautifulNovember 8, 2012By Craig T. (Chicago, IL)See All My Reviews"This is a gorgeous work performed expertly by fine singers, orchestra and conductor. I highly recommend this recording."Report Abuse