Classic Opera - Boito: Mefistofele / De Fabritiis, Et Al

Release Date: 5/10/2005
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B000425102
Composer: Arrigo Boito
Number of Discs: 2

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The late de Fabritiis, in what proved to be his swan-song for the gramophone, enters fully into the spirit of the piece, balancing carefully its poetic and dramatic images, emphasising subtly the quaint beauty of Boito's scoring, reveling in its opportunities for orchestral brio ... in an opera named after him, the Devil rightly receives the most imposing interpretation ... Nicolai Ghiaurov ... has a high old time portraying the evil/jolly fellow, all his solos delivered with the vocal equivalent of a leering smile. .. I think the new version is the one to have ... it should make Mefistofele many friends." - GRAMOPHONE

"the performance sounds even more vivid on CD, which also points up the excellence of the engineering itself. I like the natural balance and the avoidance of too much boom and reverberation...the singers here are all well cast with Ghiaurov an imposingly sneering Mefistofele, Pavarotti an appropriately ingenuous and ardent Faust. Fabritiis sought and found vivid responses from his chorus and orchestra, so important in this work because of Boito's inventive and original writing for both. Anybody...who wants to investigate this still-neglected piece need not hesitate. In any case, they are unlikely to hear it done so well in the theatre." - Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE
Works on This Recording
1. Mefistofele by Arrigo Boito
Performer: Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Nucci Condo (Mezzo Soprano), Robin Leggate (Tenor), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1868 ; Italy
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