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Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Molinari-Pradelli, Scotto, Pavarotti

Scotto / Pavarotti / Molinari
Release Date: 01/01/2013 
Label:  Allegro   Catalog #: 7091  
Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Renata ScottoPiero CappuccilliLuciano Pavarotti
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra TurinItalian Radio Chorus Turin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was a radio broadcast from RAI in Turin in l967, when both soprano and tenor were at their freshest. Of course, recordings of them are abundant, but this set is interesting insofar as what's right and wrong with them at this stage in their careers. Scotto had been singing for ten years already, Pavarotti only a few (and this was before his Metropolitan Opera debut); she had the role of Lucia well in hand by '67, while it sounds as if Pavarotti was just trying Edgardo out. Despite some luscious, ardent, full-throated singing, particularly in the second act wedding scene, Pavarotti sounds somewhat uncertain--he misses an entrance or two, for instance. Scotto, even at this stage, sounds as if her very highest notes are borrowed and might Read more have to be returned at any moment, but she's otherwise ideally intense and she offers an interesting cadenza at the end of "Regnava nel silenzio" (it would not be out of place at the end of "Caro nome" either). She's a thinking-person's Lucia, in the Callas, rather than Sutherland, mold--it's a very valuable performance. Piero Cappuccilli gives a mustache-twirling reading to Enrico's music. The fact that the performance is as successful as it is owes nothing to Francesco Molinari-Pradelli's lackluster conducting and everything to the quality of the singing, and he takes all the usual opera-house cuts in the score. The sonics are a bit hard-edged but perfectly acceptable. Despite this set's shortcomings, there's plenty here to admire.

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

1. Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Language: Italian 

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