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VERDI: Rigoletto (Bjorling, R. Peters, Merrill) (1956)

Composer(s)Rossini, GioachinoVerdi, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111276-77
Label / Series Naxos Historical / Great Opera Recordings
Quality   320kbps
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When this 1956 recording of Rigoletto was first released in Britain, The Gramophone reviewer commented: “under Perlea, the orchestral playing is firm and dramatic, well balanced with the voice. The music is well paced. Björling’s tone is a constant pleasure. He sings elegantly. Merrill, too, is in fine voice: he sings the title rôle in correct and often impressive style… in short, this performance with Metropolitan stars offers an able, and therefore enjoyable performance of the opera”. Jussi Björling and Robert Merrill can also be heard together in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci (Naxos 8.110258) and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut (Naxos 8.111030-31).

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Work/Track Title Time
VERDI: Rigoletto (Bjorling, R. Peters, Merrill) (1956) 2:14:41   
      Act I Scene 1: Prelude 2:45       
      Act I Scene 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duke, Borsa) 1:44       
      Act I Scene 1: Questa o quella (Duke, Countess Ceprano, Rigoletto, Borsa, Courtiers) 4:26       
      Act I Scene 1: Gran nuova! gran nuova! (Marullo, Borsa, Courtiers, Duke, Rigoletto, Ceprano) 2:31       
      Act I Scene 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duke, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 4:42       
      Act I Scene 2: Quel vecchio maledivami! (Rigoletto, Sparafucile) 4:41       
      Act I Scene 2: Pari siamo! (Rigoletto) 3:48       
      Act I Scene 2: Figlia! … Mio padre! (Rigoletto, Gilda, Giovanna, Duke) 6:14       
      Act I Scene 2: Ah! veglia, o donna (Rigoletto, Gilda) 3:08       
      Act I Scene 2: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi (Gilda, Giovanna, Duke) 3:04       
      Act I Scene 2: E il sol dell'anima (Duke, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa) 4:59       
      Act I Scene 2: Gualtier Malde … Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo, Courtiers) 7:00       
      Act I Scene 2: Riedo! perche? (Rigoletto, Borsa, Countess Ceprano, Marullo) 2:08       
      Act I Scene 2: Zitti, zitti (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Gilda, Rigoletto) 2:55       
      Act II: Ella mi fu rapita! … Parmi veder (Duke) 5:38       
      Act II: Duca, Duca! (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers, Duke) 2:11       
      Act II: Povero Rigoletto! (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Page) 3:38       
      Act II: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) 4:24       
      Act II: Mio padre! (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Courtiers) 1:58       
      Act II: Tutte le feste (Gilda, Rigoletto, Usher, Monterone) 8:10       
      Act II: No, vecchio t'inganni … Si, vendetta (Rigoletto, Gilda) 2:10       
      Act III: E l'ami? (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duke, Sparafucile) 2:09       
      Act III: La donna e mobile (Duke) 2:54       
      Act III: Un di, se ben rammentomi (Duke, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto) 1:29       
      Act III: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duke, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto) 4:48       
      Act III: Venti scudi (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Gilda) 4:04       
      Act III: E amabile in vero (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda) 6:10       
      Act III: Della vendetta (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duke) 4:49       
      Act III: Chi e mai? (Rigoletto, Gilda) 3:10       
      Act III: Lassu in cielo (Gilda, Rigoletto) 3:08       
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