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VERDI: Don Carlo (Christoff, Filippeschi, Gobbi) (1954)

Composer(s):Verdi, Giuseppe
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111132-34
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

This 1954 recording was the first studio realisation of the four-act 1884 version of Don Carlo and did much to introduce a wider public to the majesty of Verdi’s score. When the recording was reviewed in The Gramophone in November 1955 it commented:“Gobbi goes from strength to strength … Rodrigo’s noble death scene elicits from this artist some of the loveliest baritone singing I have ever heard on record.With the cardinal rôles of the King and Posa finely done, with beautifully moulded tone-colour and phrasing …, for the contributions of Gobbi and Christoff, the bloom of Stella’s voice and for the sublime ultra-Verdian splendours of this score, lovingly handled by Santini, the set will repay attention”.


Review By Tully Potter,Classic Record Collector,June 2007

Don Carlos was the opera in which Verdi, having already trumped Wagner rhythmically and dramatically, began to challenge him orchestrally. Written for Paris, to a French text, it ran to Wagnerian length and Verdi himself began the process of cutting it which has been the bane of opera lovers ever since. We have ended up with four distinct versions; and each of these four sets finds a different variant The opera had great productions in Italy in the first half of last century, notably Toscanini's at La Scala in 1926 with Galeffi and Pasero and another with Pasero in 1947 at the same house, but a recording was not made until the fine Cetra set of 1951 with Caniglia, Stignani and Rossi-Lemeni.



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