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VERDI: Otello (Vinay, Nelli, Toscanini) (1947)

Composer(s):Verdi, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111320-21
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps
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Arturo Toscanini was the second cellist in the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, for the triumphant first performance of Verdi's Otello on 5th February 1887. Sixty years later he led a radio broadcast of Otello spread over two evenings that is considered by many to be the most successful of his opera recordings for NBC. Described by one of Toscanini's biographers, Joseph Horowitz, as ‘the one that comes closest to recapturing Toscanini's revolutionary impact in the pit’, this December 1947 recording is remarkable for Toscanini's dramatic grasp of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, and his scrupulous observation of Verdi's most detailed dynamic markings.


Review By ,Classica,April 2008


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

Taken from studio broadcasts made in New York in December 1947, the performance has become the benchmark by which all others will be judged. The accompanying booklet tells us that the present release should not be confused with that which has appeared on the RCA label. The source of this reissue is a set of 16 inch lacquer-coated aluminium discs recorded nominally at 33rpm. The surfaces were amazingly quiet and only minimum interface has been used to reduce crackle, though the performance has been patched at three points with available material taken from rehearsals. The result is better than we dare have expected, the harsh and hard quality of the RCA transfer has disappeared, and while the dynamic and frequency range is restricted by the equipment available at that time, the


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