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Verdi - Rigoletto / Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, LSO, Bonynge [Box set]

Giuseppe Verdi , Richard Bonynge , Luciano Pavarotti , Joan Sutherland , London Symphony Orchestra , Sherrill Milnes , Joseph Clement , John Gibbs , Clifford Grant , Kiri Te Kanawa , Gillian Knight , Ricardo Cassinelli , Ambrosian Opera Chorus Audio CD
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listen  1. Rigoletto - Overture (Preludio)London Symphony Orchestra 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rigoletto / Act 1 - Introduzione. "Della mia bella incognita borghese"Luciano Pavarotti 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Questa o quella...Partite? Crudele!"Luciano Pavarotti 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Gran nuova! Gran nuova!" - "Tutto è gioia, tutto è festa" (Scena e Coro)Christian Du Plessis 2:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Ch'io gli parti...Voi congiuraste contro noi"Clifford Grant 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Quel vecchio maledivami...Va, non ho niente"Sherrill Milnes 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena e Duetto. "Pari siamo"Sherrill Milnes 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Figlia..Mio padre!"..."Quanto dolor"Sherrill Milnes 6:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Veglia, o donna, questa fior"Sherrill Milnes 5:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Giovanni, ho dei rimorsi...E il sol dell'anima"Dame Joan Sutherland 5:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Che m'ami, deh, ripetimi" - "Addio... speranza ed anima"Luciano Pavarotti 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena ed Aria. "Gualtier Maldè" - "Caro nome"Dame Joan Sutherland 6:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rigoletto / Act 1 - Scena e Coro - Finale I. "Riedo!... Perché?"Sherrill Milnes 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rigoletto / Act 1 - "Zitti, zitti...Soccorso, padre mio"Dame Joan Sutherland 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime"Luciano Pavarotti 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Duca, duca!" (Scena) - "Scorrendo uniti" (Coro)Christian Du Plessis 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Possente amor"Luciano Pavarotti 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rigoletto / Act 2 - Scena ed Aria. "Povero Rigoletto!" "La rà, la rà"Josephte Clement 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata...Ebben piango"Sherrill Milnes 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Mio padre!...Compiuto pur quanto"Dame Joan Sutherland 8:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Rigoletto / Act 2 - "Schiudete, ire al carcere"John Noble 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rigoletto / Act 3 - Scena e Canzona. "E l'ami!"Sherrill Milnes 2:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile" - "E là il vostr'uomo"Luciano Pavarotti 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rigoletto / Act 3 - Quartetto. "Un dì, se ben rammentomi"Luciano Pavarotti 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Bella figlia dell'amore"Luciano Pavarotti 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Venti scudi hai tu detto"Sherrill Milnes 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Ah, più non ragiono!..."Dame Joan Sutherland 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "Della vendetta alfin...Chi è mai"Sherrill Milnes 6:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Rigoletto / Act 3 - "V'ho ingannato" - "Lassù... in cielo"Dame Joan Sutherland 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Bonynge, Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, London Symphony Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: B0000041Q2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,557 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This Rigoletto has been around for so long it might be easy to take it for granted or skip it for a newer set. Don't! It features all three principals in superb voice, as well as pacing from Maestro Bonynge that is much heavier on drama than most of us expect from him. Sutherland may sound a bit mature (and mush-mouthed) for Gilda, but not only is she sympathetic, she sings gorgeously. And speaking of gorgeous, those familiar only with the Pavarotti of the last 10 years would be wise to hear him here--this is stylish, full-blooded, Golden Age singing. The beautifully round tone, the easy high notes, the impeccable diction, and the pointed characterization are unique. Milnes, in the title role, is also in splendid voice, offering smooth legato, brilliant, Verdian ring and real attention to the text. The ADD sound is excellent. No other modern recording offers the visceral thrill of this Rigoletto--go for it. --Robert Levine

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feast of Glorious Singing! January 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Rigoletto on records, without a doubt. The performance brings the drama and brilliance of Verdi's opera to life. Sherril Milnes, in excellent voice, brings all the dimensions of the title role with both vocal splendor and dramatic instinct. Milnes' "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" and the final scene are particularily heartbreaking, while his duets with Gilda are very tender. Milnes' high notes are superb; in his last phrase "La Maledizione!" the baritones even interpolates a higher ending than the one done by many Rigolettos. I cannot think of a better Duke of Mantua, vocally speaking, than Luciano Pavarotti. His golden sound, command of legato singing and brilliant high notes (up to D on this recording) makes his Duke a pleasure to hear, even when the character is so despicable. Joan Sutherland does not sound as youthful as we would like, and she does not sound much involved either. But she is great voice as always, with her perfect trill, brilliant high notes (up to E flat) and accurate cadenzas. Her duets with Milnes and Pavarotti are breathtakingly beautiful. The rest of the cast is very good. Richard Bonynge conducts with energy and balance between the singers and the orchestra. This performance is one of the great opera recordings of all time and a must for any music lover's collection.
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83 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GOLDEN AGE August 26, 2002
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I owned this recording on record about 30 years ago. In my full flush of youth, I could only find fault with Pavarotti, Milnes and especially Sutherland. Hearing it again on CD, I realize the stupidity of youth. This recording is thrilling in every way. Although it has been said that Bonynge is not a very dramatic conductor, he certainly contradicts that appraisal in this recording He truly rings every ounce of drama (along with tenderness) out of this wonderful opera.
The role of Rigoletto, I feel, was one of Milnes best-recorded portrayals. It is simply staggering to hear a truly dramatic and huge voice (as opposed to a lyric voice) sing this role. I've never heard Rigoletto sung any better.
Pavarotti is outstanding. When Luciano was singing in his prime, I rebelliously refussed to appreciate him. Now that his career is over and I listen to recordings from his prime, I realize what a treasure he really was--oh the foolishness of youth, on my part!
Joan Sutherland is another signer I've grown to appreciate more and more when listening to some of her old recordings. I grew up on Callas' Gilda and refused to appreciate Dame Joan's recording of the role. Now, I, once again, realize how silly one can be in one's youth. Sutherland sings Gilda wonderfully hitting every optional high note that has ever been thought of for the role of Gilda. And hit them she does!!. It's just thrilling! Her trills are fantastic, as is everything else that she does to and for the role of Gilda
Do yourself a favor and purchase this recording of Rigoletto. It doesn't get any better than this. If this ain't "Golden Age" singing, I don't know what is!
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest recorded performances of all time! February 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a choice recording! Here we find all three principals at the top of their powers. The real show stopper here though is the great Luciano Pavarotti. Here he is singing the high notes of the Duke of Mantua with great ease and security, including a High D at the end of the cabaletta "Possente Amor" (something one does not hear from this great Tenor today). Of the three recordings of Rigoletto that Maestro Pavarotti has made, this is by far my favorite. Sherrill Milnes, in his absolute prime here, is a very sympathetic Rigoletto, singing the role with much pathos, reminiscent of the great Leonard Warren on this performance. Dame Joan sings the music of Rigoletto's tragic daughter, Gilda, very beautifully. This recording is considered by many critics as, arguably, the greatest recording of Rigoletto ever made. One will not hear an argument from me. Bonynge's conducting is also very fine here. This would truly make a great primary recording of Rigoletto for anyone's collection.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Introduction to Opera March 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a first opera, it would be hard to do better. Rigoletto has some of the best tunes in all of opera and Sutherland and Pavarotti are two of the giants of this century. As a Pavarotti fan, I especially enjoy this as a document of him at the full height of his powers, but the entire cast is superb. I'll have to defer to other reviwers for the more technical aspects, but I enjoy listening to this recording immensely.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best all around Rigoletto August 14, 1999
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Yes, this is the best recording of Rigoletto around. That is because of Sutherland and Pavorotti. To hear Gilda's music as it should have been sung, only Sutherland is the real thing as far as I'm concerned. Just listen to that long trill at the end of "Caro nome"...remarkable. And Dame Joan has the bigness of voice to soar above the orchestra with ease, which puts her at an huge advantage over all her rivals. Pavorotti really has no rivals as the duke. He offers youthful tone and breathtaking high notes. Perhaps Kraus sings more elegantly, but Pavorotti certainly had the more beautiful voice. Milnes is at his best as Rigoletto, and the high notes are no problems for him. Overall, there really are no Rigoletto out there that even comes close to this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I was happy to finally get it
this rendition of verdi's opers is a classic. Pavarotti is superb and Sutherland is lilting. I was happy to finally get it.
Published 24 days ago by ranger one
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
People like her should live forever so that everyone can enjoy hearing this. She sings like an angel So sad she died a few years ago, but all of us who heard her and remember her... Read more
Published 3 months ago by ARM
5.0 out of 5 stars Rigoletto
I love the recording. The sound is beautiful, even on my car player. The item arrived safely and as was advertised.
Published 9 months ago by J. Stang
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical orgy
This Rigoletto with beautiful tenor Pavarotti. the great Ingmar Vixell and Edita Gruberova is superb. It is an orgy of sound and a rejoice for the viewer. Read more
Published 9 months ago by eugenia maldonado
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Album cover was a bit worn but the recording was fine. This is one of my favorite operas and will get more.
Published 10 months ago by calohh
5.0 out of 5 stars World's Greatest Artists
The Music is superb with the worlds's greatest singers. Perfect recording. A real treasure. Rigoletto ranks as probably Verdi's greatest opera.
Published 12 months ago by Dr. Errol P. J. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Version
Well, with out words...One of Pavarotti's best role. An excelent version. The conditions of the jewl box and cd's are in a fine condition. Thank you very much
Published 13 months ago by Ana Ferral
5.0 out of 5 stars l'huomo e veramente mobile... is allright, i feel it...
i've heard a few rigoletos before, but i got this one in the 80's on tape, the sound was to strong for the media possibilities of the times, so when i got the cd version in the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by jose
5.0 out of 5 stars The great opera stars of legend combine in Verdi's masterpiece
This is a star studded cast and they are demonstrating their legendary skills in this best of all Verdi's operas.
Published 15 months ago by Beverley R. Enright
1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon error or Rip off
Beware, This travesty was advertised on Amazon as the great Pavorotti/Southerland recording. The album itself, when it arrived, had no information beneath the plastic wrap except... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tony Rao
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