The first Italian 'I Troiani', much-admired production and choreography by Margherita Wallmann.
BONUS: Mario Del Monaco sings scenes and arias from: Aida, Otello, Manon Lescaut, Carmen, L'Africana, Lohengrin with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della Rai
5th January 2012
“A few allowances are required: the sound is basic; there are cuts; and it's in Italian rather than the original French. But it also makes for electrifying listening. Kubelík conducts with implacable intensity and dignity...The real shock, though, is Nell Rankin's Cassandra – a performance of uncompromising veracity from an artist hugely under-represented on disc. Not a first-choice recording, but essential listening for anyone who cares about Berlioz.”
27th May 2012
“This live 1960 Milan set is a monument to the dark ages of Berlioz’s magnum opus...Mario Del Monaco may be a crude, can belto Aeneas, but Nell Rankin is a feisty Cassandra and Giulietta Simionato a noble Dido...[Kubelik] conducts with flair and deep understanding.”
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