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Decca Opera: Verdi I Lombardi

Cristina Deutekom , Placido Domingo , Ruggero Raimondi , Jerome Lo Monaco , Giuseppe Verdi , Lamberto Gardelli , Ambrosian Singers , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (April 9, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,998 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Preludio e Introduzione: Oh nobile esempio
2. Scena: Qui nel logo santo e pio
3. Quintetto: T assale un tremito!
4. Scena: Or s ascolti
5. Coro: A te nell ora infausta
6. Recitativo: Vergin!... il ciel per ora
7. Aria: Sciagurata! hai tu creduto
8. Scena: Tutta tremante ancor
9. Preghiera: Salve Maria
10. Scena e Finale: Vieni! Gia pose Arvino
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Disc: 2
1. Coro di Schiave: La bella straniera
2. Rondo: Oh madre, dal cielo soccorri - Arioso: Se vano e il pregare
3. Finale: Chi ne salva
4. Cabaletta: "No! No! giusta causa non e
5. Processione: Gerusalem
6. Scena: Dove sola m inoltro?
7. Duetto: Oh belle, a questa misera
8. Scena ed Aria: Che vid'io mai?
9. Preludio
10. Scena: Qui posa il fianco
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Editorial Reviews

I Lombardi reaches its apotheosis in the famous Trio, well known from the days of 78 rpm recordings. There are some glorious moments and the phrasing if often impressive. Domingo as Oronte is in superb voice, and the villain Pagano is well characterised by Raimondi. Among the supporting cast Stafford Dean and Clifford Grant must be mentioned. Gardelli conducts dramatically and the action projects vividly.

The Penguin Guide

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a sucker for this opera, and this recording September 2, 2013
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Fair warning: I am not a music critic, just an opera lover as well as a huge fan of Placido Domingo. However, that doesn't mean I'm undiscriminating. There are plenty of operas I've bought and later given to the library. Not this one!

My introduction to Verdi's I Lombardi actually came in the form of another version of it, Gerusalemme (Jerusalem in Italian), starring Leyla Gencer. It's an old, possibly pirated recording, a different version with much of the same music. My research indicates that Verdi had revised the score for a French version, then allowed it to be translated back into Italian. Despite some recording flaws, I've listened to this older recording many times.

So I was unsure how I'd feel about buying basically the same music, although in a better recording and with my favorite tenor. I'd never heard of the soprano.

Well, the news is all good. I love the recording, love the soprano as well as the rest of the cast, and have to restrain myself from over-listening to it, which is a bad habit of mine. I've bought some excellent recordings recently of a range of operas, but this one--despite being an old chestnut--rises to the top of the heap.

If you like Verdi and Placido, you'll love this. Even, most likely, if you've heard it many times before.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rip-roaring early Verdi September 14, 2013
A little over a year separates this, Verdi's fourth opera (1843) and "Ernani", his fifth (1844). Both have always been successful but to me there seems to me to have been more development in Verdi's style and skill than so short an interval would normally permit. There is an assurance and unity about "Ernani" that eludes him in "I Lombardi" which, for all its brilliance and energy, remains a patchy work. Of course, it contains some great arias and the customary stirring trio at the end of Act 3, but its more than usually absurd plot and restless jumping from one short scene to another create a fractured impression. It is of course one of the series of patriotic operas penned by Solera, gratefully seized upon by the Italian public, and attempts an uneasy blend of chauvinism and piety - not to mention Giselda's miraculous supernatural vision at the beginning of Act 4; no wonder Verdi dropped this slightly embarrassing scene when he re-worked the opera as "Jérusalem" for Paris in 1847.

As ever, Solera is more concerned to generate situations affording dramatic confrontation and impact than to achieve subtlety or verisimilitude and Verdi revels in the sequence of opportunities thereby afforded. Some of the music really is of the worst rum-ti-tum-oompah-oompah variety yet there are also lovely numbers, such as Oronte's famous "La mia letizia infondere". That aria is sung very nicely here by a young, sappy and limber Domingo (in his puppy-fat stage according to the photos!) but he does not erase memories of Carreras's account of that aria in his first recital record in 1977 conducted by Roberto Benzi or of Pavarotti in his prime; both achieve more passion and plangency of tone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! April 8, 2014
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This particular issue of I Lombardi is the best I have. Anyone wanting a good Verdi collection should put this among his choices.
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