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Verdi: Don Carlo (Metropolitan Opera) Live
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The cast features five Met stalwarts in Corelli, Leonie Rysanek, Irene Dalis, Giorgio Tozzi and Hermann Uhde, whereas Posa was distinguished Romanian baritone Herlea's debut role at the Met. Many consider this to be the best of the available live performances of Corelli as Don Carlo, although the 1970 Vienna recording also has much to recommend it in that it has a superlative cast and gives little sign of Corelli's supposed vocal deterioration by this date. Here in 1964, the famous bronze squillo in the tone and the expressive diminuendo are both much in evidence, as is Corelli's artistic licence - which some call sloppiness - and his pronounced lisp, which on the evidence of the duet from"Aida" he made around the same time with Callas seemed particularly pronounced that year. There is an awkward pause just before the Flemish deputies issue their plea to Philip when Corelli missed his cue, then they carry on.Read more ›
In this economic climate, not to mention the decline of CD sales for downloading and internet piracy, this is another welcome addition to the series
Some listeners may claim this is not the first time on CD but that hardly matters. Sony is major.
Don Carlo is my favorite Verdi from this period..It is so rich in melody and invention. It rarely goes astray considering it's length.
The characters I find clearly defined, focused and filled with passion.
Don Carlo deserves the best singers available (and budget) not always easy to pull together.
This recording offers up some of the strongest voices of 1964 especially the men.
Franco Corelli is simply at his vocal best..he practically walks off with this performance.
I can't say enough about the opulence of his voice. It was golden. The rest of this strong cast works almost as well.
Nicolea Herlea certainly keeps Corelli on his toes. What a beautiful Rodrigo he was. His Met career seemed so short.
Giorgio Tozzi is Philip ll..excellently sung if too melodramatic for some..The grand inquisitor scene (Hermann Uhde) could have been stronger.
Irene Dalis another singer you can count on to deliver with passion and stage presence. Her voice wasn't always on target but her performance here is an exciting one.
Now I come to one of my very favorite sopranos of all time Leonie Rysanek. I could never have enough of her. In this case, however,I do not find the role of Elisabeth to sit in the best part of her voice.
I appreciate the performance but sometimes the crooning sounds a little excessive...Then there is the top of her voice and the volume of sound which is always breathtaking.
The conductor Kurt Adler was a Met favorite...I'll take Kurt Adler and Fausto Cleva anytime.
I give it 4 stars and not 5 because of terrible cuts. I will never forgive the frustration of the moment I realized that my favourite moment of the final duet was missing... Strangely enough, Adler had already conducted a fuller version of Don Carlo, and it was recorded live in 1955. If you like Adler's style you really should consider that recording, it is brilliant.
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The fabulous Corelli and the rest of the cast..Rysenek as Elizabetta..a wild interpretation with blazing high notes! Tozzi as Phillipo, magnificent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Daniel G. Madigan
Plays at a very fast speed with voices at high pitch. Probably the result of fitting the entire opera in two CDs of almost 80 mins each. Read morePublished 23 months ago by HerbF
From the cast list, it seems clear that Corelli's Carlo is the draw here. The best parts of his performances of this opera were always the two scenes with Elisabetta. Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Greg Stanford
This 1968 recording from the Metropolitan Opera is typical of the quality from that time ... before Levine came in to 'clean the place up'. Read morePublished on February 11, 2013 by Calicokid
I bought this CD to hear in the same opera one of the greatest tenor voices of all times - Corelli - and one of the greatest baritone voices of all times - Herlea. Read morePublished on December 24, 2012 by Virginia K. Jensen
You can ignore the 1-star review as it's totally wrong. Yes, Corelli throws off the extra high notes but that's what theatre is all about and what makes opera exciting. Read morePublished on January 23, 2012 by Col William Russell (ret)
Nothing tops these old re-recordings, the met has done a great service by releasing them. Hats of to a generation of great singersPublished on November 28, 2011 by richard
It looked good on paper but a big disappointment. If you love Corelli in glorious voice and/or you must have every Don Carlo on disc then you will buy it. Read morePublished on November 14, 2011 by Steve Bell