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Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Caballe, Carreras, Wixell


Release Date: 07/28/2010 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426560   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Patricia PayneIngvar WixellJosé CarrerasMontserrat Caballé
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was recorded in 1979 when José Carreras was still the owner of the most beautiful tenor voice in the world, and indeed, he's just about the perfect Riccardo. He sings with understanding, darkly bright lyricism, classy phrasing, warmth, and only the occasional strained top note. He defines "ardent" as well as "noble", and these are certainly major characteristics of this governor/king. Montserrat Caballé's voice also might win for most beautiful soprano sound at the time, and she's in fine vocal shape as well--except (I must repeat myself) for the occasional strained top note. Always a singer with great breath control, she takes her two arias a bit too slowly, but she's very emotionally present and her Read more Amelia is memorable.

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

1. Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Patricia Payne (Mezzo Soprano), Ingvar Wixell (Baritone), José Carreras (Tenor),
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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