Glyndebourne put on Rigoletto this autumn and I shall also be seeing the WNO effort so I bought a lot of CD versions in anticipation as they were very cheap on Amazon marketplace. It was not until I had about 20 versions that I realised that one I had firmly rejected as being unlikely had in fact been number one choice by BBC Record Review. Sadly it was over £8, a lot more than I had been paying per set, but I stumped up the money. That one is this Levine Met version. I go along with the review in that this is as exciting as you expect a live version to be. But I see I am not alone in identifying two rather controversial pieces of casting. Cheryl Studer has too large a voice for Gilda although she does a remarkable job of paring it down most of the time. The lost star comes from Luciano who, by the age of 58 could still sing a mean Funiculi funicula but ask him to sing a steady line and he was stumped. All those awkward bulges are not pleasant to hear although the sound of the voice is wonderfully preserved.
There are five Pavarotti versions and I have them all. Forget the earliest live one on Butterfly Music. My choice would be between the Decca with Sutherland or, to my ears even better, the Boxing Day 1967 concert superbly preserved by Frequenz. That has a dream cast all utterly suited to their roles. Cappuccilli is one of my favourite Rigolettos. And it is still available cheaply.
- Conductors: ジェイムズ・レヴァイン
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- レーベル: Universal Music LLC
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- ASIN: B00BJVSHNG
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