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Verdi: Don Carlo / Santini, Christoff, Gobbi, Filippeschi


Release Date: 03/26/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64642   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito GobbiAntonietta StellaElena NicolaiGiulio Neri,   ... 
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The four-act version (with additional cuts) has remained popular since it was issued in 1955, and is still worth having for the superb characterisations of Boris Christoff as Philip and Tito Gobbi as Rodrigo. Antonietta Stella makes a sympathetic Elizabetta and Elena Nicolai a splendid Eboli. Carlo is sung by Mario Filippeschi, who was capable of some crude performances in the opera house, but who is on his best behaviour here."

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
"The four-act version (with additional cuts) has remained popular since it was issued in 1955, and is still worth having for the superb characterisations of Boris Christoff as Philip and Tito Gobbi as Rodrigo. Antonietta Stella makes a sympathetic Elizabetta and Elena Nicolai a splendid Eboli. Carlo is sung by Mario Filippeschi, who was capable of some crude performances in the opera house, but who is on his best behaviour here."

-- Charles Osborne, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone), Antonietta Stella (Soprano), Elena Nicolai (Mezzo Soprano),
Giulio Neri (Bass), Loretta Di Lelio (Soprano), Mario Filippeschi (Tenor),
Orietta Moscucci (Soprano), Paolo Caroli (Tenor), Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 10/1954 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome 
Length: 169 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A Masterful Recording of Verdi's Masterpiece July 12, 2014 By Ralph Acosta (Westland, MI) See All My Reviews "It never fails to amaze me how wonderful this performance is. Most reviewers miss it, in my opinion. Gobbi and Christoff are wonderful, no doubt, but what about Neri? A true Italian basso profundo who makes the Inquisitor truly formidable, the scene with Neri and Christoff is one of the great joys of this performance. Fillipeschi can be an acquired taste, but, in my opinion, is worth acquiring. Elena Nicolai is awesome and is one of the few mezzos who doesn't run out of steam in "O Don Fatale" and truly hurls her dramatic mezzo into it. I saw Stella many times and always thought she was fine indeed. We used to think she had much of the magic of Tebaldi, having what Italians call "the grand vocal line" but with a better top. She is wonderful here and the shimmering note at the end of the opera is thrilling. Plinio Clabassi's Friar is also worthy of mention being a bechmark of this small role. Santini could be a little more involved and that, with the cuts (common in those days)are the only issues." Report Abuse
 Amazing cast. Superb Performance August 23, 2013 By U. KIRKPATRICK (Kingston, ON) See All My Reviews "This Don Carlo has it all - fabulous singers who were the best of their era. A marvelous harmony between the voices and convincing acting that was obvous even though not seen. I really loe this recording of one of my favourite Operas and am so glad that I could still buy a copy." Report Abuse
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