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Verdi: Rigoletto / Giulini, Pavarotti, Scotto, Et Al

Release Date: 02/17/1998 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1153   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rita BezziArturo La PortaLuciano PavarottiRenata Scotto,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale OrchestraFlorence Teatro Comunale Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's good to have Luciano Pavarotti and Renata Scotto together in their primes. Both were singers of intelligence and sensitivity, and except in Scotto's case, in the very highest notes, they were singers of great tonal beauty as well. Here, taped live in 1966, we find the tenor at his most engaging as the dangerous, carefree Duke, absolutely certain of himself, singing with great passion and energy. At the same time Scotto paints a lovely, fragile picture of Gilda--eager and innocent. The Rigoletto is Kostas Paskalis, a baritone who had a relatively full career. He has a big, burly sound and he's thoroughly involved, but he exaggerates all of the big moments and pulls the vocal line out of position for the sake of so-called Read more "drama", and what we wind up with is a lot of sobbing, snarling, and barking in addition to all the notes. A pity he couldn't restrain himself. Paolo Washington's Sparafucile is properly sinister; Rossa Laghezza's Maddalena is properly slutty. Carlo Maria Giulini leads his Florence forces in an energetic, singer-pleasing, fair-sounding performance. In short, Scotto and Pavarotti fans may clamor for this, but be warned: the central character disappoints.

--Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rita Bezzi (Mezzo Soprano), Arturo La Porta (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Renata Scotto (Soprano), Kostas Paskalis (Baritone), Paolo Washington (Bass),
Plinio Clabassi (Bass), Enzo Guagni (Tenor), Rosa Laghezza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Teatro Comunale Orchestra,  Florence Teatro Comunale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1966 
Length: 127 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Rigoletto: Act I, Prelude
Rigoletto: Act I, "Della mia bella incognita borghese" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Questa o quella" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Ch'io gli parli" (The Count of Monterone)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Quel vecchio maledivami!" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Pari siamo" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Figlia!... Mio padre" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Già da tre lune" (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Giovanna, ha dei rimorsi" (Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act I, "E'il sol dell'anima" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Che m'ami, deh, ripetimi" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Caro nome" (Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Riedo!... Perché?" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act I, "Zitti, zitti" (Chorus)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Ella mi fu rapita" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Parmi veder le lagrime" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Duca! Duca!" (Chorus)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Povero rigoletto" (Chorus)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Cirtigiani, vil razza dannata" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Mio padre" (Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Tutte le feste al tempio" (Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Ah! Solo per me l'infamia" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act II, "Poiche fosti invano da me maledetto" (The Count of Monterone)
Rigoletto: Act III, "E l'ami?... Sempre" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto: Act III, "La donna e mobile" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act III, "Un di, se ben rammentomi" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act III, "Bella figlia dell'amore" (Quartet)
Rigoletto: Act III, "M'odi, ritorna a casa" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act III, "Maddalena?" (The Duke)
Rigoletto: Act III, "E' amabile invero" (Maddalena)
Rigoletto: Act III, "Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante!" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act III, "Chi e mai, chi e qui in sua vece?" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto: Act III, "V'ho ingannato... Colpevole fui" (Gilda, Rigoletto)

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