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Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi / Muti, Baltsa, Gruberova

Release Date: 09/20/1994 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64846   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Agnes BaltsaEdita GruberovaDano RaffantiGwynne Howell,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have no reason to moderate the inordinate praise I heaped on this set when it first appeared just over nine years ago. Muti and his two principals, caught at white heat on the stage of Covent Garden, offer a rendition of Bellini's supple, eloquent score that gave the work a new definition and standing in the Bellini canon. Away from the limbo of studio recording, the music lives at a heightened level of emotion and the sound reflects a true opera-house balance.

Muti persuades his singers and the Royal Opera House players to noble utterance. Baltsa's Romeo has a Callas-like conviction of phrase and diction: here is a Romeo who will go to his death for the love of his Juliet. Who wouldn't do that when that role is sung so
Read more delicately and affectingly as by Gruberova, then at the absolute height of her powers, as indeed was Baltsa? Raffanti's openthroated Italian tenor is just right for Tebaldo's bold incursions. Gwynne Howell and John Tomlinson both contribute effectively to what is a wholly engrossing performance. Now at mid price, this should be irresistible to anyone interested in the best in Bellinian interpretation.

Alan Blyth, Gramophone [2/1995, reviewing EMI 64846]
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Works on This Recording

I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Dano Raffanti (Tenor),
Gwynne Howell (Bass), John Tomlinson (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1984 
Venue:  Live  Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London 
Length: 130 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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