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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight, while Agnes Baltsa as Preziosilla gives a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.
...[S]trongly cast in the principal roles, scrupulously and imaginatively cast in the many important comprimario roles, [and] directed and produced with so unerring a sense of the work's essential character. "What we knew of this opera from the old days", wrote John Steane in his July "Quarterly Retrospect", "the big solos, the duets and set-pieces, is a distortion of its identity: over a large canvas, strange in its seeming irrelevancies, its capricious jollities, figures flare into the darkness, like the
stoical advance of Goya's Pilgrimage to San Isidro towards the implacable hostility of Fate". It is well said, and as JBS rightly avers, it is Sinopoli's achievement that he gives us this, as well as sympathetically nursing a strong cast and drawing some glorious playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight; and though it is the sum of this set's parts which is the thing, it would be remiss of anyone not to mention Agnes Baltsa's Preziosilla, a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.
-- Gramophone [10/1987]
Of existing modern recordings of this fascinating work,...I...have a liking for Sinopoli (DG) with Plowright, Carreras, Bruson and Burchuladze and with Agnes Baltsa the best Preziosilla anywhere.
-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
This set includes a full libretto in English, German, French, and Italian.
Works on This Recording
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
José Carreras (Tenor),
Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Paata Burchuladze (Bass),
Richard Van Allan (Bass),
Petteri Salomaa (Baritone),
Juan Pons (Baritone),
John Tomlinson (Bass),
Rosalind Plowright (Soprano),
Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano),
Mark Curtis (Tenor)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus,
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Length: 179 Minutes 0 Secs.
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869.
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