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    I'm on a big Verdi kick these days and I'd like a new recording of Ernani. I used to have the Pavarotti/Sutherland/Bonynge one, but I got rid of it. I've seen it praised, but I didn't think Luciano or Dame Joan was having a very good day when they made it. Since it was at the end of Sutherland's career, there weren't the stratospheric high notes I was hoping for, and I'm one of those who thinks that if you've got the option to hit the high note, go for it.

    At any rate, can anyone recommend a good Ernani to me? I'm big on completeness, so I'd like one without all the 'usual cuts' please. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by theclassicalguy View Post
    I'm on a big Verdi kick these days and I'd like a new recording of Ernani. I used to have the Pavarotti/Sutherland/Bonynge one, but I got rid of it. I've seen it praised, but I didn't think Luciano or Dame Joan was having a very good day when they made it. Since it was at the end of Sutherland's career, there weren't the stratospheric high notes I was hoping for, and I'm one of those who thinks that if you've got the option to hit the high note, go for it.

    At any rate, can anyone recommend a good Ernani to me? I'm big on completeness, so I'd like one without all the 'usual cuts' please. Thanks!
    I'm delighted to meet another Verdi fan.

    I think some of the best Verdi on CD is on the Philips label with conductor Lamberto Gardelli who recorded many of the earlier 'gallows' operas.

    I only have two Ernani CDs, the Pavarotti & the Gardelli. I much prefer the Gardelli & I don't feel the need to get another.



    You'll find my review of two Ernani DVDs here.
    Annie

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    Thanks Annie! I recently bought I Due Foscari and I Masnadieri, both with Gardelli and I really like them both, so I'm sure this Ernani would be good. I'm getting into the 'gallows' operas lately and think they are really great stuff. The more I listen to Verdi, the more I like him, which is really saying something!
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    Pavarotti is in better voice in a DVD Met Opera 1983 rendition alongside Leona Mitchell, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi- Levine at the podium

    worth checking out

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