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New Year’s Concert – Teatro La Fenice 2023 (C Major)

A pleasing concert that will almost certainly cheer you up [MMB]

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Verdi: Nabucco (Deutsche Grammophon)

(Déjà Review) Worth the price for Guleghina’s Abigaille [RJF]

Verdi: Nabucco (Deutsche Grammophon)

Sinopoli and a powerhouse cast reveal unsuspected depths in Verdi’s early opera [MP]

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Verdi: Macbeth (Decca)

A recording of power and presence, but with some really disfiguring cuts to the music [MP]

Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima crociata (BR Klassik)

An exciting, red-blooded performance, captured live in the clearest sound of any available version [MP]

Verdi: Ernani (Naxos)

There are better choices on CD and on video [GF]

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Verdi: I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata (BR Klassik)

The choral singing is first class, but the soloists are disappointing; the two old Gardelli recordings are better [GF]

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Ekaterina Siurina (soprano) Where Is My Beloved? (Delos)

I have enjoyed hearing this praiseworthy collection of ten celebrated opera arias [MC]

Ekaterina Siurina (soprano): Where Is My Beloved? (Delos)

A stream of imperturbably sedate tone, virtually devoid of characterisation [RMo]

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The Paris Opera 1900-1960 (Malibran Music)

Ten very well-filled discs documenting six glorious decades at the Paris Opera [RMo]

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Verdi: Messa da Requiem (RCA)

A great soprano soloist and a fine choir and orchestra, very well directed, still cannot save this account from mediocrity [RMo]

Verdi: Falstaff (Warner Classics)

(Déjà Review) Truly one of the ‘Great Recordings of the Century’ [CF]

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Verdi: Requiem (C major)

A superb performance of a work Karajan often conducted, with fine soloists [RWe]

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Ekaterina Siurina (soprano) Where Is My Beloved? (Delos)

Ekaterina Siurina’s voice is in mint condition, with perfectly controlled vibrato and a glowing delivery [GF]

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Verdi: Falstaff (Pristine Audio)

Pristine revitalises another indispensable gramophone classic but the improvement over the RCA issue is only marginal [RMo]

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Remembering Tebaldi (Pentatone)

A lovely recital presenting Melody Moore as a worthy inhabitant of the pantheon of the present generation of sopranos [GF]

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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Morrison Music Trust)

(Déjà Review) With the frisson of live recording and none of the drawbacks, this set can confidently be recommended on all counts [TH]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Pentatone)

In no way does this new recording displace its illustrious predecessors except in terms of the clarity of its digital sound [RMo]

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Verdi: Don Carlo (C Major)

A splendid memento of a magnificent production, despite too many cuts having been inflicted on the score [MP]

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Zinka Milanov (soprano) Sings Verdi (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) These excerpts from four favourite roles show Milanov almost constantly in the best possible light [GF]

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Pentatone)

The old Leinsdorf recording with Bergonzi and Price will never be redundant, but this is an admirable newcomer [GF]

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Eileen Farrell (soprano) Sings Verdi (Sony Classical)

Stunning singing from a great dramatic soprano who might have done more but chose otherwise [RMo]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 4)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

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Verdi: Falstaff (C Major)

A classic staging and superlative cast return to the catalogue, newly minted on Blu-ray [MP]