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listen  1. Mefistofele/Prologue - PreludioTullio Serafin 5:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mefistofele/Prologue- Ave, Signor Degli Angeli E Dei Santi!Tullio Serafin 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mefistofele/Prologue- Ave Signor!Tullio Serafin 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mefistofele/Prologue- T'è Noto Faust?Tullio Serafin 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mefistofele/Prologue- Siam Nimbi Volanti Dai LimbiTullio Serafin 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mefistofele/Prologue- Salve Regina!Tullio Serafin 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Perchè Di Là?Tullio Serafin 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Al Soave Raggiar Di PrimaveraTullio Serafin 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Sediam Sovra Quel SassoTullio Serafin 6:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Dai Campi, Dai PratiTullio Serafin 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Che Baccano!Tullio Serafin 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Sono Lo Spirito Che NegaTullio Serafin 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mefistofele/Act 1 - Se Tu Mi Doni Un'ora Di RiposoTullio Serafin 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Cavaliero Illustre E SaggioTullio Serafin 5:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Dimmi Se Credi, EnricoTullio Serafin 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Dio Clemente, Nuova, IgnaraTullio Serafin 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Su, Cammina, Cammina, Cammina (La Notte Del Sabba)Tullio Serafin 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mefistofele/Act 2 - FollettoTullio Serafin 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Ascolta!Tullio Serafin 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Popoli! E Scettro E ClamideTullio Serafin 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Ecco Il MondoTullio Serafin 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mefistofele/Act 2 - Ah! Su! Riddiamo, RiddiamoTullio Serafin 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mefistofele/Act 3 - L'altra Notte In Fondo Al MareTullio Serafin 7:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mefistofele/Act 3 - Dio Di Pietà! Son Essi!Tullio Serafin 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mefistofele/Act 3 - Lontano, Lontano, LontanoTullio Serafin 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mefistofele/Act 3 - Sorge Il DìTullio Serafin 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Mefistofele/Act 3 - Spunta L'aurora PallidaTullio Serafin 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mefistofele/Act 4 - La Luna ImmobileTullio Serafin 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mefistofele/Act 4 - Ecco La Notte Del Classico SabbaTullio Serafin 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Mefistofele/Act 4 - DanzaTullio Serafin 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Mefistofele/Act 4 - Ah! Trionfi Ad ElenaTullio Serafin 1:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Mefistofele/Act 4 - Notte Cupa, TruceTullio Serafin 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Mefistofele/Act 4 - Forma Ideal, PurissimaTullio Serafin 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mefistofele/Act 4 - O Incantesimo! Parla! Parla!Tullio Serafin 5:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Mefistofele/Epilogue - Cammina, Cammina ...Tullio Serafin 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Mefistofele/Epilogue - Giunto Sul Passo EstremoTullio Serafin 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Mefistofele/Epilogue - Ave Signor, Signor Degli AngeliTullio Serafin 3:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Tullio Serafin, Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus
  • Orchestra: Arrigo Boito
  • Audio CD (March 22, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000421J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The sound quality is absolutely stunning, period.
Eric
So I bought the 3 record set of this recording and fell in love with it.
Laurence G. Dorning
In my opinion, this is THE best recording ever of this Opera.
Alexander Benet

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is considered Arrigo Boito's masterpiece. Some consider it a semi-masterpiece, but it is definitely the masterpiece among the few operas that Boito composed. I do agree with those who think this opera is a less than ideal masterpiece. I will start the review by discussing the opera's virtues and faults.
"Mefistofele" is an opera of uneven quality. The music is very beautiful and serves the plot very well. It is very enjoyable and certainly does its job of conjuring up Heaven, Hell, angels, the supernatural, devilish going-ons, and lively crowd scenes. The Prologue is masterful in its depiction of Heaven. The music is both powerful and serene. The Epilogue is glorious too. It is very powerful and conveys the drama of Faust's redemption and Mephistopheles' defeat very well. The chorus scenes are very enjoyable and contain some of the opera's best tunes. The major drawbacks of the opera are its plot and libretto. The plot is very ridiculous and is unworthy of Boito's glorious music. The libretto is tacky and overdone. Boito was known as a man of letters and he wrote the libretto himself. It would have been better if he had chosen a librettist other than himself and a plot that was more believable and worthy of his music. Boito succeeded with the music of this opera, but not with its plot and libretto.
On to the conductor and singers in this excellent recording. Cesare Siepi is in glorious voice and characterizes Mephistopheles very well. Mario del Monaco is also in excellent voice. This was the first time I heard his singing and his voice. I immediately liked both. His is a likeable voice that is loud and powerful. His tendency to sing loudly is evident on this recording, especially in the Epilogue.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Laurence G. Dorning on March 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
My first encounter with "Mefistofele" was an old Cetra recording of highlights. The sound was so bad I could not really tell much about the opera except I liked what I heard. So I bought the 3 record set of this recording and fell in love with it. People always say this opera is lacking something. To them I ask: what??? There are three great leads, some great ensembles and the glorious prologue-the music of which returns in the Epilogue, bringing things full circle. I think I own just about every commercial recording of the opera and this set stands head and shoulders above them all. The recording's stereo sound is still immaculate; everyone shines. This was a recording made when singers simply tackled a role and sang the hell out of it. And sing they do!!! Great singing, great conducting and play the Epilogue good and loud for the full effect: whistles, soloists, chorus-magnificient!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric on February 6, 2010
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I have never seen this opera performed, but simply hearing it makes me wonder why it's not really considered an opera of the first rank. It's quite a dramatic story but the music never stoops to melodrama, it's quite compelling and the high points convey a real sense of terror - positively spine tingling. It is certainly of my favorite opera recordings. Perhaps I like it so much because it's not been overly popular and played over and over. But still. Del Monaco and Siepi are both magnificent in the male leads.

The other amazing thing is that this recording was made in 1959. It is stereo. The sound quality is absolutely stunning, period. If this were remastered to Super Audio CD I would buy that in a heart beat. Probably won't happen.

I have heard other recordings but this one has yet to be surpassed, fifty years on and counting. The recording wizards at London/Decca certainly knew what they were doing, which isn't surprising considering that company's groundbreaking work on Solti's recordings of the Ring cycle of the same period. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda McDougall on July 7, 2012
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With so much nit-picking with this less-than-perfect opera, I can only ask the above. I don't care if Siepi's singing "Baa-Baa Black Sheep", he's a demi-god, or should I say "devil"? As for Tebaldi, del Monacao and every other glorious voice, all sublime. The music, passion, intensity of this well-recorded version is so elevating, that finding fault with Boito's libretto seems facile and unnecessary.

As far as I'm concerned, Boito deserves far more attention for his capacity as composer: if people read amymore, they'd know that the story of Faust has influenced scores of poets, musicians, philosphers, etc. and is archetypal, even more today. Hence this is one opera in which the visual isn't necessary...just drink in the gorgeous colours that surround you through out and forget the search for "perfection"!

I too, bought this from a seller - I love them all!
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