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Verdi: Macbeth / Gardelli, Pavarotti, Fischer-Dieskau, Souliotis


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440048   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-DieskauLeslie FysonNicolai GhiaurovHelen Lawrence,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera ChorusLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Length:  2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

Works on This Recording

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Macbeth by 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)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1970 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A performance of total committment  February 7, 2015 By J. Tatnall (West Grove, PA) See All My Reviews "This is a truly great performance. I have never had a problem with Fischer-Dieskau singing Italian roles or Wagner. He has great musicality and knows how to act with his voice. Verdi wanted an unpretty voice for Lady Macbeth and Souliotis encompasses the part extremely well. She has enough technique to do the part justice, including trills and well finessed high notes, and also is a musical actress. Ghiarurov and the young Pavarotti are both excellent. But the real selling point in this recording is a conductor doing full justice to Verdi's score with crack orchestral and choral forces. Gardelli, his cast, the Ambrosian chorus and London Philharmonic bring the opera to life without exaggeration or gimmick. The sound is of London/Decca's best." Report Abuse
 Flawed, but compelling... May 24, 2012 By 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-Dieskau’s 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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