This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is still one of the great Aidas. Its strengths include a spectacular Aida in Caballé and Cossotto's authentically Italian, spitfire Amneris.
There are three "reference" editions of Aida in the stereo catalog: Tebaldi/Karajan, Price/Solti, and this one. Its strengths include a spectacular Aida in Montserrat Caballé, fully involved in the role (has "O patria mia" ever been more beautifully or affectingly sung?), and Fiorenza Cossotto's authentically Italian, spitfire Amneris. This, on balance, also is the best of Placido Domingo's two or three hundred recordings of Radames, though he lacks Vickers' (or Corelli's) heroic timbre and can't manage a quiet ending to "Celeste
Aida". Still, he sings intelligently and expressively--and collaborates effectively with Caballé to produce an exciting and believable third-act Nile scene. Muti's conducting always has come in for some controversy, being generally emphatic, strong on rhythm, and less yielding than other versions; but it's always dramatic and sensitive to Verdi's deliciously colorful orchestration. If you already own this performance, EMI's remastering doesn't really offer enough improvement to warrant repurchase; but if you don't, this is still one of the great Aidas.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Montserrat Caballé (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Luigi Roni (Bass),
Nicola Martinucci (Tenor),
Esther Casas (Soprano)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,
New Philharmonia Orchestra,
Royal Military School Fanfare Trumpeters
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1974
Venue: Walthamstow Assembly Halls, London
Length: 146 Minutes 27 Secs.
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