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VERDI: Trovatore (Il) (La Scala, Molajoli) (1930)

Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.110162-63
Label Naxos Historical
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Recorded by Columbia in 1930, the Naxos issue offers a lustily red-blooded reading typical of Italian performances at that period dominated by verismo. As Leonora Biance Scacciati has a distinctive timbre, slightly throaty. She is occasionally gusty in her production, but technically secure beyond what one can expect in latterday recordings. Similarly Fancesco Merli, a tenor much-admired by Toscanini with his baritonal timbre is a strong and satisfying Manrico. Enrico Molinari is a reliable Count, sounding a little old at times, and Giuseppina Zineti is a fruitily resonant Azucena, rich and firm throughout her register. The performance under Lorenzo Molajoli is lusty and red-blooded to match, and is exceptionally well-transferred by Ward Marston, marrying 78 r.p.m. pressing from


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