- Orchestra: Kaunas State Choir, Kaunas City Symphony
- Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
- Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
- Audio CD (April 14, 2015)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Delos
- ASIN: B00U6WUI8G
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
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The Delos label's first-ever full-length Italian opera recording, this star-studded current release of Giuseppi Verdi's Simon Boccanegra promises quite the splash among today's opera fans. As Verdi was entering his glorious "late period" (Otello and Falstaff) he wrote and re-worked much of Simon Boccanegra, a work he first tackled in 1857. The opera emerged in 1881 as a powerful masterpiece, although one that has been unfairly neglected, in comparison with Verdi's other operatic masterworks. The glamorous title star Dmitri Hvorostovsky - considered by many the world's greatest Verdi baritone - here realizes his chance to record what he calls "...one of the most complex, deepest characters in the whole baritone repertoire." Joining Hvorostovsky in this studio recording are the kinds of all-star colleagues he deserves: soprano Barbara Frittoli as Amelia, tenor Stefano Secco as Gabriele, bass Ildar Abdrazakov as Fiesco and baritone Marco Caria as Paolo. Constantine Orbelian, "the singer's dream collaborator" (Opera News), leads the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra (Lithuania) and Kaunas State Chorus.
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Hvorostovsky is here sadly unrecognisable as the elegant singer who has delighted us since his winning Cardiff Singer of the World over twenty-five years ago and I am very sorry to say so, as I have long been a big fan. He has gone down the same route as another great and now sadly vocally compromised baritone, Simon Keenlyside, in over-singing and sacrificing beauty of tone to sheer noise. His intake of breath is now painfully and audibly laboured, he virtually shouts his way through some passages and often simply does not sound like the singer we know. The rest of the cast is equally mediocre. I understand why people want to hear singing as better than it is but to elevate this is to sacrifice all common sense and objectivity.
If you want to hear this marvellous opera done justice, return to Cappuccilli in Abbado's or Gavazzeni's classic studio versions, or Gobbi in the studio Santini or the live Gavazzeni, or the old Cetra Molinari-Pradelli with Silveri or even the antiquated, historical recording with the dream team of Tibbett, Rethberg, Martinelli, Warren and Pinza - but please don't perpetuate the nonsense that this latest recording is in some way pre-eminent. Far from it; it's simply poor.
The rest of the performers - singers, orchestra, and conductor - are adequate, but nothing terribly special. Frittoli sounds rather matronly; Abdrazakov and Secco manage to sing the notes reasonably well, but with limited interpretive skills and voices that lack glamour or personality.
There are really only three recordings of this opera that are worth hearing - Santini (for the soloists, particularly Gobbi and de los Angeles - I'm not a Christoff fan, but he's certainly an effective Fiesco), Panizza (for the four legendary principals, despite the sonics), and Abbado (all-around excellence). Unless you're addicted to this opera, give this new one a pass.
Great Hvorostovsky, Frittoli, Abdrazakov in the album, great Hvorostovsky, Frittoli, Furlanetto from Vienna.
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