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Verdi: Aida / Chiara, Pavarotti, Dimitrova, Nucci, Burchuladze, Maazel

Giuseppe Verdi , Lorin Maazel , Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala , Maria Chiara , Luciano Pavarotti , Ghena Dimitrova , Leo Nucci , Paata Burchuladze , Ernesto Gavazzi Audio CD
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  • Performer: Giuseppe Verdi, Lorin Maazel, Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala, Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti, et al.
  • Audio CD (May 22, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0000041S0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Aida: Preludio
2. Aida: Si: corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca
3. Aida: Se quel guerrier io fossi!
4. Aida: Quale insolita gioia
5. Aida: Alta cagion v'aduna
6. Aida: Ritorna vincitor!
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Disc: 2
1. Aida: Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi
2. Aida: Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta
3. Aida: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido
4. Aida: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside
5. Aida: Marcia
6. Aida: Vieni, o guerriero vindice
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Disc: 3
1. Aida: O tu che sei d'Osiride
2. Aida: Qui Radames verra!...Che vorra dirmi?
3. Aida: Ciel! Mio padre!
4. Aida: Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida...
5. Aida: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti
6. Aida: Tu... Amonastro!... tu!... il Re?
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the Fans April 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This recording is essentially for fans of Pavarotti. He hits all the right notes as Radames, but he's far from heroic in vocal size or acting demeanor. Maria Chiara is a shrill Aida with wiry high notes. Maazel's conducting is nothing special, and the overall acoustical quality is not the best either (a converted church in Milan was used as a makeshift recording studio). Fans of Ghena Dimitrova will want to invest in this recording to hear her huge dramatic soprano sing the music of Amneris. The Penguin Guide to Opera Recordings described her Amneris as "dull," which is fair enough. In fact, the video of this same cast recorded at LaScala is superior (except in its bizarre costuming and set design). The stimulus of a live audience propelled Dimitrova to give an impassioned, incisive performance. Even though she could not give the role the bellowing low tones that a true mezzo-soprano would, her high notes rung out fiercely. She dominated every scene she was in through the sheer scale of her singing. Some of that is still evident in this studio recording, although she's generally placed well behind the others in the recording hall, presumably to allow them a fair chance of being heard. Definitely a collector's item, but it probably wouldn't show up on any one's top ten list.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but really only one singer delivers June 4, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I admit that I enjoyed this recording, however, it was NOT a great recording when it comes to representing this opera. Pavarotti is OK, but I have never enjoyed him in this role, not even at the MET. He is a lyric tenor, and really this role is not that lyric in quality. His musicality does come shining through, though. My ony reservation is the high B flat at the end of Celeste Aida. The diminishing of the tone sounds faked. That is not how his voice goes as he draws back the volume, and Pavarotti can sing fine pianissimos. The resonance was strange on that note, like it was completely contrived by the technicians. I don't know if it was, but it is not natural sounding at all.
Chiara's voice is just too shrill to be a warm and inviting AIDA. She sings the part well, as far as notes are concerned, and as far as even some really good drama is concerned. Her voice is not pleasing (neither was Maria Callas' voice, but she had the ability to almost make you believe it was; Callas, even in AIDA which really was not a big part of her repertoire, used her musicality to make even the smallest detail come alive and give a very moving performance; the result was one completely overlooked the occasional "ugliness" of her sound), and even though she sings the notes, she doesn't have the inner feelings to cause us to overlook the stress her voice is encountering while singing this role.
Nucci did nothing for me as AIDA's father. He sang well, but the part seemed like he wasn't sure about the motivation of the character. I have seen Nucci in performance, and he is not a vague performer, so I have to conclude it is because he was surrounded by a very vague cast; no one he sings with seems to be anything other than a singing machine.
I really enjoyed Dimitrova, and she was electrifying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars La Scala Performance - German lLbretto? July 12, 2011
By Sallile
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The quality of the performance and the quality of the CD are both outstanding. However, the libretto is in German! I always follow the performance of an opera by reading the libretto in the original Italian. I was very disappointed to find the libretto in German. Italian composer, Italian performers, in an Italian opera house - La Scala - but a German libretto. How ridculous!

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4.0 out of 5 stars not magical, but a good-sounding solid performance October 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD
A solid performance in good sound from Decca, but my overall impression is that it is less engaging than it could be. Partly, the engineering is at fault -- the voices are a bit too much to the fore, and perhaps as a result, the blend in the ensembles doesn't come across, at least it doesn't on my pretty decent Bose headphones. I also should say that I don't own the very latest iteration of this recording, and it's possible that a remastering has improved things a bit. All that said, though, the voices sound good, and if chorus and orchestra are a little more remote, they can be heard fine, and the choral sound especially lets the individual parts be clearly heard. So --while I'm not totally happy with the sonics, there is much to like too.

Maazel, whom I admire, conducts at a good clip, and one might argue that his pacing works against the needs of the singers to be expressive. In fact, though, the only singer to disappoint in this regard is Pavarotti, whose singing is pretty straight, and I wondered if his relative inexperience in this role had something to do with that. He sounds fine -- it's always a pleasure to hear that voice -- but he does force a little to get the requisite weight of sound, and while there's never an ugly moment, his voice loses some of its natural warmth and sweetness as he essays this heavier part (in a way that Bergonzi's and Domingo's voices do not). Both basses, King and High Priest (Roni and Burchuladze respectively), sound wonderful, but are almost too prominent in the aural picture. Leo Nucci is an engaged and effective Amonasro.

The women are both strong, Dimitrova as Amneris particularly so.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pavarotti is wonderful as Radames.
Chiara is very expressive and, while not as good as Callas, Price, or Nilsson, she sings the role of Aida well. Dimitrova is brilliant as Amneris. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Boz
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER!!!!
Luciano Pavarotti and Maria Chiara make listening to AIDA a joy. Hearing the magnificent Pavarotti made this purchase fabulous, wonderful!
Published 17 months ago by S. Maier
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Aidas around
Don't be fooled by the low-ish score: this is one of the most awe-inspiring, technically refined recordings of Aida currently on the market. Read more
Published on October 13, 2007 by Claudio D'Amato
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely performance
I have to say, one of the main reasons that I bought this recording was for Pavarotti, and he does give a superb performance as the Egyptian army captain. Read more
Published on May 13, 2006 by Basso Profondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Aida, Chiera, Povarotti
I have Callas, Tebaldi, and Toscannini recordings of Aida, and I think this recording put the many details together to make it the best, inspite of Tebaldi and Callas. Read more
Published on September 26, 2005 by Thomas A. Kufahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Of all Pav's opera recordings, this is, for me, the most memorable. Not just because of him: this 'Aida' is one of those opera recordings that offers the excitement of a live... Read more
Published on September 18, 2005 by E. J. Van Sten
1.0 out of 5 stars Please look elsewhere for a good Aida recording.
This was the worst opera set in my collection. Until I gave it away to somebody I hated.
Published on September 23, 2003 by JPH
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