Notes and Editorial Reviews
"When in November 1988 I reviewed both the Maazel box and the separate Eurodisc issues of Il Tabarro and Gianni Schicchi, I went into some detail over the relative merits. Broadly Patanè at generally faster, more flowing speeds sounds consistently more idiomatic, more concerned over suggesting stage action, and I imagine these performances owe a lot to stage productions with some or all of the same performers. The recording too has greater atmosphere, with singers not so closely recorded...it gains enormously in conviction from the persuasiveness of Patané and the atmospheric warmth of both the performance and the recorded sound. Nimsgern as Michele in Il tabarro give[s a] memorable performance."
-- Gramophone [4/1990]
Reviewing Il Trittico
"'Il Tabarro'...is a passionate account of a tale of jealousy and murder on a river barge. Siegmund Nimsgern is brooding and ominous in the role of Michele, the wronged husband...the soprano Ilona Tokody captures Giorgetta's anguish believably and movingly. Giorgio Lamberti's...bright tenor rings out with passion and energy. Among the supporting singers, mezzo-soprano Vera Baniewicz stands out as a ripe and characterful Frugola. Patane provides brisk and propulsive leadership, and the Bavarian players rise to his urging with some rousing climaxes."
-- George Jellinek, New York Times 3/1989