The young Domingo, singing with a rich, throaty lustre, makes a good job of what he has to do (and no exhibitionism or excitement—through additional high notes in ''La mia letizia''). The second tenor, Jerome Lo Monaco, presents a suitable contrast, with his lighter, reedier tone. The soprano part is difficult to cast, for it wants dramatic weight as well as the agility of a virtuoso and an extensive upper range: Cristina Deutekom copes well with the tessitura but her somewhat tremulous tone gives limited pleasure. Raimondi, on the other hand, is heard in one of his finest performances on record, the opulent resonance being spread evenly throughout the whole voice and his characterization showing imaginative involvement. The chorus work isRead more strong, and Gardelli leads the orchestra in a well played, finely recorded account of the score.
-- Gramophone [11/1989] reviewing Philips 422420Read less
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I lombardiby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Cristina Deutekom (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
Jerome Lo Monaco (Tenor),
Stafford Dean (Bass),
Clifford Grant (Bass),
Monserrat Aparici (Soprano),
Desdemona Malvisi (Soprano),
Keith Erwen (Tenor)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,
Period: Romantic Written: 1843; Italy Date of Recording: 07/1971 Venue: London Length: 135 Minutes 59 Secs. Language: Italian
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Powerful PerformanceApril 7, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"The story line of I Lombardi centers around the Crusades and the role of a somewhat dysfunctional set of Lombard personalities in the developing assault on Antioch and Jerusalem. Historical accuracy really doesn't matter here; what matters is the magical touch of Verdi to bring a rather mundane libretto to life in a compelling, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable opera. The great Lamberto Gardelli leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (superlatives are not really needed here- you all know the qualities of this wonderful ensemble) and a fine cast in a sparkling recording from the early 1970's. We hear Placido Domingo as Oronte from early in his career, Jerome Lo Monaco as Arvino, Desdemona Malvisi as Viclinda and Cristina Deutekom as Giselda, all of whom turn in strong, vibrant interpretations of their roles. Especially noteworthy is the excellence of Ruggero Raimondi in his role as Pagano, the enigma of the entire work and the key to the story line's continuity. Finally, the Ambrosian Singers deliver what is surely one of Verdi's paradigmatic characteristics- the omnipresent role of the virtuoso chorus. I Lombardi is an opera which should satisfy any opera lover's search for aesthetic quality, and this Decca recording is the one to do it. Is it at the same level as Aida, Il Trovatore, or La Traviata? No. Is it nevertheless well worth the effort to listen and enjoy? Yes! Recommended."Report Abuse
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