- Performer: Nicolai Gedda, Adolphe Adam, Ludwig van Beethoven, Vincenzo Bellini, Hector Berlioz, et al.
- Audio CD (September 2, 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B0000A1WP3
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I first heard him in a recording of La Boheme (with Freni) in 1975 and have heard him in person both in Faust (1976) and in recital (1981). Whether on stage or in recording, Gedda is remarkable and consistent. If you are new to opera or are younger and addicted to the stars of today (and some of them are very good too), you should hear Gedda. It will raise your definition for what it takes to be a great tenor. Go find a recording of Fritz Wunderlich too.
For one of the best live Rigolettos existing, in Italian and with Gedda easily taking a high D, look for a recording from Stockholm with The Royal Opera Orchestra, Sixten Ehrling, on the BIS label. Available on www.amazon.co.uk Marvellous!
Some examples of his work:
"Una furtive lagrima": Gedda's smooth voice works well here, in this nice aria from Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore." His polished style is compelling.
"Fra poco a me ricovera": From Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," this is another aria handled smoothly by Gedda. His musical treatment of this piece is nice indeed. His rich voice does justice to the music.
"La donna e mobile": Nice version, although not as spirited as some. This is very musical, but I'm not sure that Ge3dda's mannered style captured the spirit of the wretched Duke of Mantua. A nice final high note.
"Il mio Tesoro": From Mozart's "Don Giovanni," this is smoothly and richly sung by Gedda. His elegant style works nicely here. Mozart asks a fair amount of the tenor here, and Gedda answers the call.
"In fernem land": This is from Wagner's "Lohengrin," and shows Gedda's range. From Mozart to Wagner is quite a stretch! Gedda sings this well, but his voice may not be ideally suited to this piece.
In addition, Gedda sings operetta as well. If only we could have heard his Rodolfo from "La Boheme"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good collection of arias from this famous performer. There is a lot of good stuff on this CD, but I am especially fond of "Le Postillon de Lonjumeau" with its thrilling... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JCH
The 3-star rating is NOT Nicolai Gedda's fault. Track 14 of Disc 2 (Beethoven's "Adelaide"), has an extraneous whistle or squeak after the words "im Gefilde der Sterne. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Celia J. Berveiler
This 2 disc package is a real feast of Nicolai Gedda's art. I am not qualified to comment on the technicalities of his performances but I think you would be hard to please if you... Read morePublished on December 12, 2007 by Millie