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Art of Galliano Masini
Art of Galliano Masini
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars yet another forgotten legend, August 16, 2002
This review is from: Art of Galliano Masini (Audio CD)
If you haven't had the chance to hear any of the now rarely found recordings of Galliano Masini, then you're missing out on something special. During his golden years--the 1930s and 1940s--Masini achieved levels of fame on par with many others, like Pertile and Gigli, who are now mush better remembered Italian tenors. In fact Mafalda Favero, the great soprano, named Masini as having the most beautiful tenor voice in the world at that time. This recording supports her claim very well. Most notably is the recording of 'O tu che in segno agl'angeli' from La Forza del Destino. It is quite possibly the foremost recording of this aria since that of Caruso, and certainly the greatest of his generation. The aria is taken from a full recording of the opera which also headlines Caniglia, Pasero, and Tagliabue. It too is a wonderful recording which should not be passed up, as Caniglia, who's voice often suffered in recordings, overcame her studio difficulties and shows why she was in such high demand.

L'Elisir D'Amore
L'Elisir D'Amore
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The decline of opera, November 2, 2000
This review is from: L'Elisir D'Amore (Audio CD)
How disappointed I was to read these reviews. "Bergonzi's voice doesn't ring", "Taddei sounds like an old man", "Scotto is not up to par." This is an unbelievable recording of the highest standard. Not only are the voices clear and resplendent, but Gavazzeni is pure genius. True there are a lot of cuts, but this is from another time, I time when Puccini, Franchetti, Giordano, Ponchielli and other could be performed. Today, on the other hand, there is a Baroque "revival" and Rossini "revival". Hmmm...I wonder why that is?

Verdi: La Traviata (Highlights) / Sutherland, Bergonzi
Verdi: La Traviata (Highlights) / Sutherland, Bergonzi
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than Just Joan, November 1, 2000
Unlike some people in the audience, I have no trouble finding much more to talk about than just Joanie. She's great, yes; however, there is certainly more to listen to on this recording. Let's begin with Carlo Bergonzi. He's in respendent voice, and uses everthing he's got to tear it up. Oh, and what about Robert Merrill. Can anyone do it better? I grant you this, it is a stupendous recording, but it's not all Joanie's doing!

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