[T]he Giulini set on DG, with Cappuccilli, Cotrubas and Domingo is exceptional: searching, humane, powerfully registered... It can also be said that neither Bonynge nor Sinopoli search out the score's prevailingly dark sonorities as surely as Giulini (in his insistence on the score's dark colours and his interest in its portrayal of primary human affections. Giulini draws Rigolet to in the Rembrandt style) and he, like Serafin, is better able to project Verdi's more primitive accompaniments with the kind of robust good sense which is the mark of the born Verdian... With Giulini in rapt attendance, Cotrubas has a head start over her rivals as Gilda... Domingo's is one of the greatest accounts of the role ever recorded, from "Questa oRead more quella" through to a classic account of the famous Quartet... The Giulini set, for all its occasional lack of what Rodney Milnes terms "zing", is necessary listening for anyone interested in Verdi, Rigoletto (Verdi's surrogate King Lear), or the tenor's art.
-- Gramophone [11/1985] reviewing the original release of this performance, DG 415288 Read less
Works on This Recording
Rigolettoby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Dirk Sagemüller (Baritone),
Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano),
Kurt Moll (Bass),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Luigi de Corato (Tenor),
Walter Gullino (Tenor),
Olive Fredricks (Soprano)
Carlo Maria Giulini
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1851; Italy
Rigoletto / Preludio: Preludio
Rigoletto / Act 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca, Borsa)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella...Partite? Crudele!"
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