Ernaniby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Raina Kabaivanska (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1844; Italy Date of Recording: 1969 Venue: Live Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy Language: Italian
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Sonic Quality Mars A Great PerformanceApril 5, 2014By Henry S. (Springfield, VA)See All My Reviews"Verdi's Ernani has a lot to offer the opera enthusiast- a dynamic (albeit unrealistic) story line, compelling arias, duets, and choruses, and an orchestral score that sizzles with power and melody. All of these classic Verdi characteristics are clearly evident in this Opera d'Oro live 1969 recording from Milan's La Scala Theater. Tenor Placido Domingo, bass Nicolai Ghiaurov, and soprano Raina Kabaivanska headline a terrific cast that delivers an exciting, emotionally packed performance, ably supported by the wonderful La Scala Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction on Antonino Votto. It takes no effort on the part of the listener to sense the artistic excellence of this La Scala production in action, as well as the aesthetic enjoyment which the Milan audience must have felt. Unfortunately, the overall sonic quality does not meet modern standards, and this is the one big defect with this recording. I suspect this may be due to the recording technologies used 50-60 years ago to tape live performances. My sense is that live performances from that era tend to suffer sonically, compared to studio recordings. I found the same thing with another live Opera d'Oro Verdi work (Simon Boccanegra)on which I have previously commented. Nevertheless, the recording is definitely 'listenable', it is a valuable historical record of a really fine Verdi work, and it should satisfy all but the most particular opera fan."Report Abuse
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