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Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera / Abbado, Domingo, Ricciarelli

Release Date: 05/06/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 415685   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio SavastanoGiovanni FoianiRuggero RaimondiEdita Gruberova,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Well sung as the Solti/Decca set may be, I find this 1981 recording a far more satisfying and unified performance of the work in hand, largely because Abbado and his Scala forces give us much more of a sense of a theatrical experience and because Abbado's conducting is so much more stable and of a piece than his rival's. Listening again to Abbado's direction, I was struck by his attention to detail, which I expanded on in my original review, and on his sensible tempos.

Margaret Price sings far the more secure Amelia for Solti, but she doesn't always get inside the part as does the vocally more variable Ricciarelli, who gives us the very epitome of the girl torn between love and duty. Domingo doesn't have, never has had, the
Read more 'ping' of Pavarotti, but his Riccardo is as involved and as involving a performance as that of his Amelia; together with Abbado, they give an eloquent account of the love duet. Bruson, in better voice than for Solti, is hardly less expressive.

-- Gramophone [9/1986]
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Works on This Recording

Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio Savastano (Bass), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Language: Italian 

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