Del Monaco - My First Concert
Argeo Quadri, Mario del Monaco & Milan Symphony Orchestra
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Fono is Phony!
This is one of the many Italian Labels that seem to borrow material from other labels and repackage them with little or no documentation. Their prices in actual stores are high for their really sloppy presentation. The present album is such an example. For instance, there are three selections on this album in which Mario del Monaco does not participate. Two of them are soprano arias, and with "I Tunes" policy of minimum information, the name of the soprano is not given. However, if like myself, you were under the impression del Monaco was a screamer, your in for a surprise. He does have a strong voice with real body and ring to it and he modulates it as needed. The Masked Ball [duet with the mystery soprano] and the Luisa Miller aria are wonderful examples of how musical del Monaco could be. His Otello & Canio [Pagliacci] are classics. Should you buy it? My instincs tell me, NO. At least not until either Fono or "I Tunes" provides proper documentation.