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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
Amelia is memorable.
-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Patricia Payne (Mezzo Soprano),
Ingvar Wixell (Baritone),
José Carreras (Tenor),
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Sir Colin Davis
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Written: 1859; Italy
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