Now an extremely rare release, this collectible recording of Verdi's Macbeth features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role and the remarkable Elena Souliotis towards the end of her career as Lady Macbeth. Of even greater interest is the early appearance of Luciano Pavarotti as Macduff, one of Verdi's brief lead tenor roles.Now an extremely rare release, this collectible recording of Verdi's Macbeth features Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in the title role and the remarkable Elena Souliotis towards the end of her career as Lady Macbeth. Of even greater interest is the early appearance of Luciano Pavarotti as Macduff, one of Verdi's brief lead tenor roles. Read less
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Macbethby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Leslie Fyson (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Helen Lawrence (Soprano),
Raymond Myers (Baritone),
John Noble (Baritone),
Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
David Reed (Bass),
Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor),
Elena Souliotis (Soprano)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus,
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic Written: 1847/1865; Italy Date of Recording: 1970 Venue: Kingsway Hall, London
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Flawed, but compelling...May 24, 2012By Gordon Thomas (Jamaica Plain, MA)See All My Reviews"This is a strange recording for a number of reasons. Reportedly, Tito Gobbi had been slated to sing the title role, but canceled due to illness, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was brought on board. Possibly, Decca had thought it was a good idea to reunite conductor Gardelli, Gobbi, and soprano Elena Souliotis since they had all produced such spectacular results with their 1966 recording of Nabucco. But just four years later in 1970, Souliotis voice was in tatters, and, whatever Gobbi might have brought to the project, Fischer-Dieskaus vocal qualities seem wrong for the role. Yet both singers manage performances that feel emotionally raw, haunted, and in Fischer-Dieskau's case in the third act, terrified. Nicolai Ghiaurov and a young Luciano Pavarotti sing the smaller parts of Banquo and Macduff, respectively, with spectacular results. Gardelli conducts with vigor, and the recorded sound is vivid and realistic."Report Abuse
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