Verdi: Nabucco (2 CDs)

March 12, 1984 | Format: MP3

$18.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 7, 1983
  • Release Date: March 12, 1984
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • Copyright: (C) 1983 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 2:03:43
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  • ASIN: B0015S5A42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,334 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Ed Beveridge on August 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is probably the greatest recording of Nabucco available today, and stands alongside other classic operatic discs of recent times. There are certainly competitors - but for all Gobbi's and Suliotis' dramatic punch, their singing doesn't quite match the demands Verdi makes. Sinopoli's cast, however, sing up a storm and the opera is conducted with real verve. The sound quality achieves good balance, is perhaps on the "boxy" side but allows for excellent clarity, offsetting the intimate moments against the superbly sung choral scenes.
Capuccilli's Nabucco is suitably regal, but has real plangency to his tone when the king is reduced to a slave. Nesterenko's inky bass and forthright delivery make Zaccaria much more than a cipher (and rightly so, for he has some of the best music), and the young Domingo is ideally cast as a virile, passionate Ismaele - a character who can otherwise seem one dimensional and irritating. As his beloved, Fenena, Valentini Terrani sounds perhaps uninvolved but sings Fenena's prayer in the last scene with distinction. The small role of Anna is sung by a very young - but distinctive - Lucia Popp. But the set is probably most remarkable for Dimitrova's Abigaille, which is sung with simply awesome power. Very, very few sopranos can get through the role, yet Dimitrova tackles every one of the two octave leaps, vertiginous scales, and below staff growls Verdi throws at her with tireless, gleaming, ample tone. Even the tender side of Abigaille is manifested with some beautiful soft singing; this is one of the most remarkabe accomplishments I have heard on disc.
So - pending the release of the new Bruson-Guleghina recording that has made it into some of the shops, this really is the Nabucco to have. No other comes close for sheer quality and consistency across the performance.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Avila on August 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Verdi's first big hit was Nabucco, based on the biblical account of the Hebrew captivity in Babylon by the imperious and vainglorious King Nebuchenessar. Nabucco is the Italian form of that name. While this is HIS opera, the web of characters form a powerful theme of love and thirst for power and longing for freedom. Isrele is the tenor part, a young Hebrew slave, in love with Ferena, sung by a mezzo soprano. Abigaille is the wicked daughter of King Nabucco, and her role is regarded as the most fiendishly difficult soprano role Verdi ever wrote, full of thunderous declamations high above C, and fully lyric with strong chest register. The cast in this early 80's recording is a dream cast, making this the best studio recording of Nabucco available today. Placido Domingo is singing a part that is not really the star, but he sings with passionate intensity and all his usual radiant flair. His was a voice that Verdi wrote for tenors, and Domingo himself considered Verdi to be his strongest vehicle as a tenor. In this recording we dont get the masculine ardor of Aida's Radames, or the refinement and passion of Alfredo in Traviata or the intensity of Otello nor even the ingellect of a Don Carlo or Don Alvaro from Forza Del Destino, but we have a fine character with religiosity and romantic feelings. The arias are well-executed by Domingo. He keeps up with the faster portions of the music. It seems to me listening to all this - Verdi was really trying desperately to make a hit. He had not had any success prior to this opera. The music is very dramatic, with far too many fortissimos even. Every aria and ensemble ends in such a BANG that it would seem the opera ends earlier than it should. Of course, the Overture is lovely. The highlights of this opera include great choruses.Read more ›
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By tmallon@pond.com on July 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Hard to believe this is but Verdi's third opera. His first big hit, after almost throwing in the towel over the De Regno's flop. In 1841 the shrewd Bartolomeo Merelli, then impresario of La Scala, got Verdi re-engaged for this composition. Thank goodness, or we wouldn't have this great recording. Piero Cappuccilli heads the cast as a full voiced kick-ass Nabucco, only to have the show stolen by Ghena Dimitrova as an unbelievably powerful and dramatically convincing Abigaille. Evgeny Nesterenko is a first rate Zaccaria, High Priest of the Hebrews who almost scares off the King of Babylon (and me). Placid Domingo sounds youthful and strong as Ismaele (probably overcast in this lightweight role, but a nice bonus). Making it all work is the Opera of Berlin Orchestra and the wonderful conducting of Giuseppe Sinopoli. A more Verdi sounding score you will not find. Sinopoli subtle control of the brass accents the singers so well you want to listen to this recording again and again. This is in no small part due to the excellent sound engineering of Klaus Hiemann. All operas should be recorded this well, one that Verdi would purchase.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By BDSinC on April 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to a few versions of this opera, even pirated scenes with Maria Callas. It is really an opera of vitality. Verdi may have still had many crudities in the way he wrote. He may have even been over the top at times. Yet, he is unmistakeably exciting. As he third attempt at opera, I would say, even if he did use the "required styles of the day" he produced a wonderfully vivid work. Of course, the characters are one dimensional (if even that deep), but they are exciting and enjoyable. The sound is excellent, and the singing is every bit on par with the excitement of the music. Of course, the person who makes the opera is Ghena Dimitrova, and not because anyone else is less good. They are all great! She just seems to make that voice-wrecker music seem easy, and even gentle on the voice. There is no strain at all! However, I read somewhere when this recording was first reviewed that she had been ill, and that making the recording was difficult. I have no clue if that is true, but I can assure anyone who buys this recording, if it is, they will not be able to tell. She blazes through the role and carries you away. Just for those who are not familiar with her in real life performances, she has a voice that would knock your socks off. It is HUGE! It isn't just loud, and seemingly could go on for ever getting louder and louder without difficulty or strain. It is EXCITING! She can also draw back the sound to a whisper, like Caballe, and send a tingle up your spine. This recording gets close to sharing those real life experiences with the listener. This is well worthy the money!
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