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Karajan goes fast and sounds really great.
Concluding, this is one of the greatest opera recordings ever, not just a legendary Otello recording and should be in every opera collection!
Three great voices who are legendary in this opera include Mario Del Monaco as Otello, Renata Tebaldi as Desdemona, and Aldo Protti as Jago.
Not only did I attend the first performance of Del Monaco and Tebaldi at the Metropolitan Opera with Leonard Warren in 1956 (? Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Dr. Spero P. Katsivelos
I enjoy this excellent performance but I do not find it to be as thrilling as either of Erede's widely scorned interpretations. Read morePublished on November 17, 2011 by Ralph Moore
For all the Karajan's Verdi recordings, this one is, IMHO, the best and the most underrated. First we have del Monaco, one of the most successful voices ever in the tile role,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2008 by Roberto
I bought this CD set with high expectations, after reading some superlative reviews. I would rate 5 stars for del Monaco, Tebaldi, Protti and Karajan. Read morePublished on March 29, 2008 by Levistic
I admire this recording of this opera. It was actually the first Otello I heard, and it still remains my beloved.
Just a few words about the cast. Read more
Great recording all round of Verdi's most profound opera.
Chief singers are great -- I find del Monaco and Domingo the best Otellos. Read more
I'm going to make this short since there are plenty of other reviews about this recording. Vocally, orchestrally, and sound wise-this is the definitive (Studio) recording of... Read morePublished on February 24, 2005 by Andrew Coffill
This recording of Otello, although great otherwise, suffers from the heavy hand of Karajan. Karajan (and one either loves this or hates this) conducts his orchestras to make much... Read morePublished on September 4, 2004 by Nick Patchett
Mario Del Monaco attacks the lead role with such intensity that it's hard to imagine another tenor playing Otello. Read morePublished on July 22, 2004 by F. Cardoza