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Don't miss this sleeper!

I don't know why this recording doesn't get more press because it's a great one! Solti conducts a taut performance that lags only in the first few scenes and maintains suspense throughout. The cast is almost uniformly strong. In this, her first recording of the opera, Price's voice is in the kind of soaring estate audiences have come to cherish. Aside from some faked, over-emphatic chest voice, her performance is committed and involved. Vickers has always troubled me in Italian opera because the voice seems so foreign and un-Italianate, but he, too, is in the flush of early career and sings with a freedom in the role that most tenors would envy. I'm puzzled as to why Rita Gorr is not even credited on the packaging - she is easily one of the best Amneris singers ever recorded, sweeping through the music with stunning power and ease. Merrill sings so effortlessly as to make one forget his rather faceless portrayal and pasted-on dramatic effects. Neither of the basses impresses overmuch, but neither do they give the music short shrift. Skip the later Price recording with Domingo - this one is way better! I have to subtract one star here for Decca's slightly over-resonant sound, as it tends to distance or veil the singers slightly.

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I agree with you divapro. I think Rita Gorr is one of the great mezzos of opera history. I think this is the greatest recording
ever made. I don't understand why Ms.Price made another one. Despite the starry cast and conductor as well.


Genre: Classical

While Jon Vickers was best known as a Wagnerian heldentenor, he was also capable of singing lieder, Baroque opera, spinto Italian roles, and even the comic role of Vasek in The Bartered Bride. His voice and physique both radiated power, and his stage presence was one of the most impressive of his era. Like many singers with huge voices, he sometimes resorted to crooning soft passages, but the effect of such a voice scaled down was still highly impressive. He was a man of equally powerful convictions...
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