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PUCCINI, G.: Tabarro (Il) (Gobbi, Mas, Prandelli) (1955)

Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.111307
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps

In this legendary recording of Il tabarro (The Cloak), the first of the three one-act operas which make up Puccini’s Il trittico, the part of Michele is sung by Tito Gobbi, the foremost Italian baritone of the post-war years and greatly admired by international audiences for the deep psychological insight which, as a fine actor as well as singer, he brought to his interpretations. Singing opposite Gobbi, whose performance has been described by an eminent critic as ‘by far the most individual and compelling on record’, are the distinguished Italian tenor Giacinto Prandelli and the French soprano Margaret Mas, in her only major operatic rôle on record, as Michele’s wife.The cast is conducted by the veteran Italian maestro Vincenzo Bellezza, a stalwart of opera houses in Rome, London and New York.



Review By David Denton,Naxos,August 2008

If any opera recording can be described as ‘definitive’, it would be this performance of Puccini’s one act opera, Il Tabarro. It was headed by Tito Gobbi in the role of the ageing barge-owner, Michele, who first suspects his young wife of infidelity, then having proved it murders her lover. The opera takes its name, The Cloak, from the chilling conclusion when Michele tells his wife, to come inside his cloak to keep warm, but when he opens it he reveals the corps of her lover. It would be impossible to think of a more perfect characterisation than that of Gobbi, his big voice smouldering until the outburst in the murder scene and the final utterance of revenge. Maybe when HMV scheduled the recording they had in mind Maria Callas as the wife, a role



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