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Verdi: Aida / Solti, Price, Vickers, Merrill / Rome Opera Orchestra

Verdi / Leontyne
Release Date: 06/30/2017 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 4831490  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon VickersRobert MerrillRita GorrLeontyne Price,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House OrchestraRome Opera House Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...I found this set immensely enjoyable. Solti's Italianate thrust often simulates the excitement of a live performance and, after rather tentative beginnings from all members of his cast, his singers catch the nervous, Toscanini-like intensity of his reading. Price rids herself of an initial huskiness to give of her superb best in the Nile Scene and the final duet. Gorr, after seeming a little unwieldy and strained in the Boudoir Scene, brings the house down—metaphorically speaking—in her great fourth-act encounter, with Radames and is even more thrilling in her denunciation of the accusing high priests. She has the sheer weight of voice that mezzos of the 1970s, for all their subtlety, lack. The Jon Vickers of around 1961, was a more Read more flexible, fresher-voiced singer than he is today, as you can hear by setting his performance here alongside his much more effortful Aeneas. His phrasing is just occasionally clumsy—that ugly break before "sei" in "tu sei regina" from "Celeste Aida"—but the blemishes are few, the artistry and often delicacy notable in a role often bawled out uncomfortably by present-day tenors. He is at his most eloquent at "Morir, si pura e bella" in the finale. Robert Merrill is a routine Amonasro. and neither bass is particularly distinguished. It is good to hear a true operahouse chorus rather than the ad hoc bodies often used these days, and the Rome Opera Orchestra, especially the brass, are galvanised into playing above themselves by Solti.

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Works on This Recording

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano),
Leontyne Price (Soprano), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Mietta Sighele (Soprano), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Venue:  Rome Opera House 
Length: 172 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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