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 Offer Verdi: Rigoletto

Robert Merrill (Rigoletto), Roberta Peters (Gilda), Jussi Björling (Il Duca), Anna Maria Rota (Maddalena), Giorgio Tozzi (Sparafucile)

Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Jonel Perlea

[On the original release in 1956] under Perlea, the orchestral playing is firm and dramatic, well balanced with the voice. The music is well paced. Björling’s tone is a constant pleasure. He... More…

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 Offer Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Licia Albanese (Manon Lescaut), Jussi Björling (Des Grieux), Robert Merrill (Lescaut), Franco Calabrese (Geronte/Un sergente degli arcieri), Mario Carlin (Edmondo/Il maestro di ballo/Lampionaio), Anna Maria Rota (Una voce sola), Plinio Clabassi (L'oste/Un comandante di Marina)

Rome Opera House...

With Bjoerling as Des Grieux giving one of this very finest performances on disc and with Robert Merrill in glorious voice as Lescaut, the Romanian conductor Jonel Perlea conducts one of the... More…

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2 CDs

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 Offer Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe di Stefano (Riccardo), Tito Gobbi (Renato), Maria Callas (Amelia), Fedora Barbieri (Ulrica), Eugenia Ratti (Oscar), Silvio Maionica (Samuele), Nicola Zaccaria (Tom), Ezio Giordano (Silvano)

Orhcestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala, Antonino Votto

Gobbi's chocolate-smooth tones almost steal the show, but Callas gives a touching Amelia, and di Stefano is dashing and irresponsible. There is a strong cast and theatrical conducting from Votto. More…

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2 CDs

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 Offer Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Raffaele Arié, Valiano Natali, Anna Maria Canali, Gino Sarri

Chorus and Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tullio Serafin

Today, for a very modest price, all lovers of bel canto operas and their performance on record can listen and make their own judgement on what was, without doubt, a seminal recording of the genre.... More…

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2 CDs

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 Offer Wagner: Parsifal

Wolfgang Windgassen (Parsifal), Martha Mödl (Kundry), Ludwig Weber (Gurnemanz), George London (Amfortas), Arnold van Mill (Titurel), Hermann Uhde (Klingsor)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus, Hans Knappertsbusch

Windgassen sing[s] with warmth as well as power and mak[es] other Heldentenors seem rough by comparison...the orchestral texture is full and pleasing, the sense of atmosphere is palpable, voices... More…

4 CDs

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 Offer Verdi: Aida

Zinka Milanov, Jussi Björling, Fedora Barbieri, Leonard Warren, Boris Christoff, Plinio Clabassi, Mario Carlin & Bruna Rizzoli, Zinka Milanov and Marian Andersen

Rome Opera House Chorus and Orchestra & Giuseppe Conca, Jonel Perlea, Dimitri Mitropoulos

3 CDs

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 Offer Bellini: I Puritani

Maria Callas, Aurora Cattelani, Carlo Forti, Angelo Mercuriali, Rolando Panerai, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Giuseppe di Stefano

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Tullio Serafin

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2 CDs

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 Offer Gounod: Faust

Roger Bourdin, Georges Nore, Roger Rico

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus, Thomas Beecham

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 Offer Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Paul Schoeffler, Otto Edelmann, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hopf, Erich Kunz

Bayreuth Festival Chorus & Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan

...the cast centres around the nobel Hans Sachs of Paul Schoeffler in one of his very finest recordings, opposite the totally enchanting Eva of Hilde Gueden...Knappertsbusch's direction is spacious... More…

4 CDs

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 Offer Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (Prima Donna/Ariadne), Rita Streich (Zerbinetta), Irmgard Seefried (The Composer), Rudolf Schock (The Tenor/Bacchus), Alfred Neugebauer (Major Domo), Karl Dönch (The Music Teacher) (An Officer) Gerhard Unger (An Officer), Lisa Otto (Naiad), Grace Hoffman (Dryad), Anny Felbermayer...

Karajan's recording may yield top position to Rudolf Kempe's 1968 account, but surely to no other. His feeling for the music, as well as his cast - especially Schwarzkopf's Ariadne, Streich's... More…

2 CDs

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