"Cappuccilli's Boccanegra derives its authority and dignity from his longsighted and extraordinarily powerful phrasing, just as the poignancy of insecurity in the inky depths of Ghiaurov's Fiesco seems to foretell the tragedy of their relationship.
For Carreras, there is barely a moment of strain, as his carefully nourished lyrical lines are strengthened by the precision of their pointing, while van Dam manages to convey the full extent of Paolo's desire for "oro, possanza, onore" within the opening seconds of a deeply perceptive performance. At the risk of making the whole thing sound quite improbably outstanding, it must be added that new technology has revealed an untarnished radiance in Mirella Freni's topRead more register: she, above anyone else, uses Verdi's writing with vivid assurance to convey every flicker of pulse in Amelia's shifting emotions."
– Gramophone [9/1986]
"Abbado's 1977 recording of Simon Boccanagra is one of the most beautiful Verdi sets ever made. The playing of the orchestra is brilliantly incisive as well as refined, so that the drama is underlined by extra sharpness of focus."
Simon Boccanegraby Giuseppe Verdi Performer:
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
José Carreras (Tenor),
Giovanni Foiani (Bass),
Antonio Savastano (Tenor),
José Van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic Written: 1857; Italy Date of Recording: 1977
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
outstanding recordingJune 30, 2016By J. McIntosh (Port Moody, BC)See All My Reviews"We saw this opera in Barcelona, almost by accident. We were having a beer in front of the Liceu on our first night of a holiday when we realized that they were putting on Simon Boccanegra. We got rush tickets the next morning. It was an amazing performance. We loved it so much, that I had to hunt down a version for home. This CD is excellent--very high fidelity and fabulous singers. Could not ask for more. It was also nice to get the libretto in English (along with the other languages). The opera is, of course, in Italian, and the surtitles were in Catalan, which we could read a bit with our (inadequate) knowledge of Spanish and French. But it was nice to read the English! Anyhow, highly, highly recommended."Report Abuse
BeautifulNovember 8, 2012By Craig T. (Chicago, IL)See All My Reviews"This is a gorgeous work performed expertly by fine singers, orchestra and conductor. I highly recommend this recording."Report Abuse