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Un Ballo In Maschera (2 CD) Box set, Original recording reissued

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Au moment de cet enregistrement, au début des années quatre-vingt, Sir Georg Solti était encore tout auréolé du prestige d'une précédente interprétation du Bal masqué réalisée en 33 tours. Plus encore que dans la première mouture, le chef d'origine hongroise exacerbe ici la violence du drame, poussant tous les personnages vers leur destin, dans un souffle épique d'une rare intensité. Une distribution quasiment idéale fait face au chef : un Pavarotti de la grande époque, un Bruson idiomatique et une Christa Ludwig d'une ardeur insoupçonnée. --Pierre Guillaume
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  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti, Margaret Price, Renato Price, Christa Ludwig
  • Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: George Solti
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set, Original recording reissued
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041P1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a great, great recording of perhaps Verdi's most tuneful opera. The whole performance is wonderul. Some think that Solti presses too hard in Verdi, but I like it. Even in Rossini, I like Schippers (Sills' Lucia) who puts some drama into the work instead of milk-sop conducting of some. Give me some guts, please!
Pavarotti was about to lose his interest in opera at the time of recording, and this is, I believe, his last great recording. He does act, sings some soft tones and is regal. A really great King (or Duke).
Margaret Price is absolutely gorgeous. I just love her singing, with beautiful pianissimos, excellent acting and rock solid high C's. The slow acent to the climax in the Act II aria is thrilling. Chesty notes follow with great easy and drama. Bravissima
Bruson: Simply put, one of the most beautiful voices in history. I can only describe it as lush, vocal velvet. He sings with great drama and depth of charactarization. I just LOVE this baritone.
Ludwig and Battle: Great. No problem. Both singe with accuracy and committment.
My favorite "Ballo" on disc!
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Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA has been one of his perennial favorites since it was first performed and it is easy to understand why. The music is charming and it's plot about a King who falls in love with a married woman, almost causes her to be unfaithful which results in his death by her jealous husband, and the king's forgiving his attacker, is dramatic to say the least. It is also, interestingly enough, based on a true story. The action is supposed to take place in Sweden, but Italian censors feared that the death of a king could cause regicide in Italy, so the king became a royal governor in colonial Massachusetts and was renamed Riccardo. In most productions today, the action takes place in Sweden.
Luciano Pavarotti has a strong tenor voice that is well suited for the lead role of Riccardo, and his interpretation of the role in this recording is one of his best recorded performances. Margaret Price, a soprano not often associated with Verdi, sings Amelia and is probably one of the pleasant surprises in the set. Renato Brunson sings his role with fervor. We can feel both his anger and hatred in his interpretation of Amelia's jealous husband, also named Renato. Christa Ludwig plays the fortune teller Ulrica and we also hear the light and flexible voice of a young Kathleen Battle as Oscar, the page boy.
While there are other admirable recordings of this opera with tenors such as Jussi Bjorling, Franco Corelli, and Placido Domingo, and a reasonably good recording with Jose Carreras as Riccardo, this set, under the baton of Sir George Solti has it all: a fantastic cast, a wonderful chorus and orchestra, and a great conductor.
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The cast of this recording is simply wonderful. Margaret Price has one of the most beautiful voices in opera and is really under-recorded. She has a rich full Dramatic voice, and is perfectly suited to Amelia. ALL her notes are beautiful - ALL. Renato Brunson also has a wonderful Dramatic baritone sound, there is so much drive in his voice, it is a huge dark sound that is simply ravising (he's one of my favorite baritones). And like Margaret Price you can hear all the thought that is put into his singing of this role, he is very emotionally involved in his character. Ludwig is the best Ulrica on record, and Kathleen Battle is very enchanting Oscar, it is a joy to listen to such a secure singer in this role. Pavarotti while no longer in his prime as in the earlier recording with Tebaldi, at this point in his career in great voice. This is a definite recommend. Of all the Un Ballo's currently available this is one of the best!
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This recording really has it all: a stellar cast, a great conductor, and a digital sound.
This version is the one where the main character is called "count" and Riccardo, not "King" and Gustavo. This change was due to political reasons that at the time did not make it "correct" to cast light on assasination of Swedish king Gustav. The music, I believe, is the same as in the original version, though.
Every member of the cast is very much involved here. What I found to be a very pleasant surprise is how much vocal acting Luciano Pavarotti could do at the later stage of his career. In his earlier recording the voice might have been a shade brighter, but here he is a truly torn-apart character, noble and gentle. Renato Bruson repeats his signature role of Renato (no pun intended). His warm, rich baritone and perfect lied-singer technique are a true pleasure to hear, particularly in the flowing lines of "O dolcezze perdute, O memorie...". I found Margaret Price to be a very convicing Amelia. I don't think it makes sense to compare her with Leontine Price solely based on their last names. Margaret has a completely different spinto instrument, maybe not as nuanced, but large and expressive, never shrill. Kathleen Battle and Christa Ludwig are luxuriously cast as Oscar and Ulrica. I found Ludwig the most sinister Ulrica on record due to the beauty of the voice and subtleness of expression, an appropriate combination for this often over-expressed character. Solti conducts with perfect tempos and a lot of vigor. To recommend a couple more sets, I would add Abbado/Domingo/Ricciarelli/Bruson and Davis/Carreras/Caballe/Wixell. I actually have 5 versions of this wonderful opera and each makes a different impact, these are just better recorded.
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