Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ponchielli - La Gioconda - Caballe, Pavarotti, Bartoletti







Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Agnes Baltsa and Sherrill Milnes give inspired performances which are captured in spectacular Decca sound.

Amilcare Ponchielli "The performance has much to commend it: Pavarotti's typically fervent account of Enzo's part, Milnes's splendidly characterized but unexaggerated Barnaba, Baltsa's vivid, lightish Laura, Ghiaurov's powerful Alvise...The orchestra and chorus respond willingly to Bartoletti's vital conducting...all-round Decca's cast has much to offer. And let's have no nonsense of this being a second-rate work! It is brim full of melody, skilful scoring, and has a novel and effective form, with at least four characters swept away by their passions." - Alan Blyth 

Performer:  Montserrat CaballéLuciano Pavarotti,  Alfreda Hodgson,  Nicolai GhiaurovAgnes Baltsa, Regolo Romani,  Neil Jenkins,  Geoffrey Shaw,  John del Carlo, Stephen Varcoe,  Rodney Macann,  Sherrill Milnes
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Opera Chorus,  National Philharmonic Orchestra


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