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    Am on a roll with Barber of Seville and am looking into more recordings. So far I have the Abbado recording with Teresa Berganza on both CD and DVD, the Chandos CD sung in English (in the mail) and the Beverly Sills CD (in the mail). In searching online I come up with what appear to be five different performances/recordings with Berganza. I think I have about the best one.

    This is the one I have (1971):


    This appears to be a good one also (1964):


    These I am not so sure about:





    Not that I want them all but perhaps one more Berganza is worth it if there is one better than the Abbado set I have.

    Other than that I am also considering a few others (see next post).
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    For complete performances, I am strongly leaning towards this one:


    or possibly this one
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    Then I understand that no collection should be without this one:
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    I have the Abbado with Berganza DVD, and just purchased this one used for 99 cents online after watching the hilarious ending on You Tube where they toss the doctor in the air and let him fall to the ground knocking his brains out. Check out the clip.




    Also considering this one,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    Then I understand that no collection should be without this one:
    It came out as top choice when TC voted in the Most Recommended Opera Recordings a few months back.
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    This is also a very entertaining set Florestan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    This is also a very entertaining set Florestan
    I'd forgotten about this one. An excellent set and one of the best of the more complete modern edition recordings, though, to my mind, it doesn't quite capture the joie de vivreof the Galliera and the Gui.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GregMitchell View Post
    I'd forgotten about this one. An excellent set and one of the best of the more complete modern edition recordings, though, to my mind, it doesn't quite capture the joie de vivreof the Galliera and the Gui.
    I do recall seeing some editions of this one in 3CD sets. So this might be nearly as complete as the Gruberova or Ganassi sets I listed above.
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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    As mentioned above the Gui recording is very fine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    For complete performances, I am strongly leaning towards this one:


    or possibly this one


    I'm no expert but I've always been a fan of the Naxos version. The ending of the first act is really well recorded and thrilling. I've heard the voices sung with more gusto elsewhere but that first act finale - just excellent.

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    I see a lot of great choices, but I should try to keep it down to one complete set and one more abbreviated set than I have now. I think the obvious choice for the abbreviated set would most likely be Maria Callas, but there are three relatively complete sets I am aware of:

    Gruberova, Ganassi (NAXOS), Baltsa/Araiza.

    I am still leaning much towards the Gruberova set, and it is presumably more complete than the Baltsa/Araiza set. Between Gruberova and the NAXOS set I would definitely go for Gruberova, though the NAXOS set does get some great reviews.

    However, my Gruberova Maria Stuarda is one of my favorites and does include Baltsa and Araiza. Araiza is excellent in the Abbado La Cenerentola DVD. How much less complete is the Baltsa/Araiza Barber set? Are there two different sets one less complete than the other? I see it in both 2 and 3 CD editions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Florestan View Post
    I see a lot of great choices, but I should try to keep it down to one complete set and one more abbreviated set than I have now. I think the obvious choice for the abbreviated set would most likely be Maria Callas, but there are three relatively complete sets I am aware of:

    Gruberova, Ganassi (NAXOS), Baltsa/Araiza.

    I am still leaning much towards the Gruberova set, and it is presumably more complete than the Baltsa/Araiza set. Between Gruberova and the NAXOS set I would definitely go for Gruberova, though the NAXOS set does get some great reviews.

    However, my Gruberova Maria Stuarda is one of my favorites and does include Baltsa and Araiza. Araiza is excellent in the Abbado La Cenerentola DVD. How much less complete is the Baltsa/Araiza Barber set? Are there two different sets one less complete than the other? I see it in both 2 and 3 CD editions.
    I remember it being on 3 CDs and, as far as I'm aware, it was complete, though there may have been a few bars of recitative missing. Unfortunately I can't tell you if they have had to cut any more to get it into 2 CDs.
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    A few alternatives. A certain splendid tenor in both of them.



    "First I sing loud. When I start to run out of breath I sing softer" Giuseppe Di Stefano on his Faust high c diminuendo

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    Well as far as completeness goes, not sure there is so much missing. Allmusic site gives durations:

    Gruberova/Florez: 02:41:21 CLIPS

    NAXOS Ganassi: 02:37:21 CLIPS

    Baltsa/Araiza: 02:27:44

    Sills/Gedda: 02:30:50

    Callas/Gobbi: 02:10:04

    Berganza/Prey: 02:18:35

    But compare the clips on Gruberova and Ganassi. Gruberova is a coloratura soprano. Ganassi a mezzo. Both are wonderful.
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    Besides the 5 Berganza sets in the opening post, I just found another (6th) performance on CD with Berganza:
    “Then he will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!'" Matthew 25:41 (Christian Standard Bible)

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