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Verdi: Attila / Gardelli, Raimondi, Bergonzi, Milnes

Deurekom / Bergonzi / Milnes / Raimondi / Gardelli
Release Date: 04/09/2013 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001822602   Spars Code: DDD 
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 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 tyrant well enough. Milnes is a rugged, lively Ezio, but his Read more 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]
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Works on This Recording

1. 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

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Excellent April 6, 2014 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Attila may not rank among Giuseppe Verdi's most popular operas, but that really doesn't matter. This fine Decca recording from the early 1970's really shines with excellent singing and a glorious orchestral score played magnificently by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Especially outstanding is the performance of Carlo Bergonzi as the hero Foresto. His stirring tenor interpretation provides insight and expressiveness to the role in a way that is hard to miss. Verdi's operas often use large scale choruses in a very liberal way, and that is the case here, with the Ambrosian Singers providing impressive input. I tend to agree with Arkivmusic's comments on the rest of the cast- good to excellent, with Bergonzi being the shining star here. The overall sonic quality is great- luminous, deep, and with wide dynamic range. In my view, this Attila should provide excellent listening and great enjoyment for any opera fan or classical music afficionado in general. Attila, like many other Verdi operas, demonstrates the composer's penchant for dramatic, exuberant, and clearly nationalistic works of high artistic quality. Recommended." Report Abuse
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