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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebushman View Post
    Interesting that Greg Mitchell includes the Philips Attila - Deutekom, Bergonzi, Milnes, Raimondi; Gardelli in his list.

    Raimondi was at a early point in his career when this was recorded and while he displays the finesse for which he was famous, it can be argued that he lacks some of the authority needed for the title role. The earlier Gardelli version had Nesterenko in the title role and his huge, dark voice is not entirely suited to Verdi's conception of the role.

    Many believe Cristina Deutekom was a poor choice as Odabelle due to her tendency to shrillness and insufficiently low register.

    I do not know if it has been released on CD but the DVD features Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov in Arturo Gama's production with Anna Markarova, Sulimsky and Skorokhodov. I have only heard the "trailer" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wzkb...L36GeApQRhQ3Lg but this account certainly appeals to me
    To be honest, the only other recording of Attila I've heard is the Muti, and I do prefer the Philips Gardelli. Though Deutekom is a weak Odabella, I am very happy with the other soloists. The second (not earlier) Gardelli version with Nesterenko I haven't heard. I have no doubt Sass would make a better Odabella (though she would have been past her best by then), but Nagy and Miller have hardly ever commended themselves to me in some of the other Hungaraton Verdi issues. I very much doubt they would be an improvement on Bergonzi and Milnes.

    That said, it's not one of my favourite early Verdis, so I'm quite happy with just the one recording, and the Philips will do fine for me.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Yes Greg, Attila is something of an acquired taste and it is no particular favorite of mine either. Of early Verdi, Nabucco has more to offer, especially even though it is full-on "Verdi-Gurdi" . The Muti performance with Pavarotti on Youtube is worth trying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iX4...X4HPVW-wI&t=61

    Maybe anyone interested in early Verdi should consider Ernani that in my view is a superior work. There are several good recordings - especially the excellent Muti version with Domingo, Freni, Bruson, and Ghiaurov. Youtube has this too - at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSDr...=RD1iX4HPVW-wI
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiebushman View Post
    Of early Verdi, Nabucco has more to offer, especially even though it is full-on "Verdi-Gurdi" . The Muti performance with Pavarotti on Youtube is worth trying: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iX4...X4HPVW-wI&t=61
    Pavarotti in Nabucco???


    My list was of audio only accounts, hence my preference (again) for Gardelli with Gobbi and Souliotis.


    For Ernani (again, not really one of my favourites), I lean towards Schippers with Price, Bergonzi and Sereni.


    Of early Verdi (ie up to Rigoletto), my favourites are

    Nabucco
    I Due Foscari
    Macbeth
    La Battaglia di Lgnano
    Luisa Miller
    Stiffelio
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Attila is one of my favourite early Verdi works and the recording I would choose is the Muti (the prelude in that recording is the best thing he ever conducted IMO). I'm a huge Studer fan and Ramey's Attila isn't to be sniffed at. I also like the Gardelli recording, which I feel is a must as I have all the others in that series of early Verdi operas. I would probably swap Bergonzi and Milnes for Schicoff and Zancanaro, but I'm more interested in the bass and soprano roles in that opera.



    My favourite early Verdi operas are:

    Nabucco, I Lombardi (although the second half is no way as good as the first), Ernani, I due Foscari, Attila, Macbeth and Stiffelio. The others are all more or less ok except for Alzira, which I tend to call Verdi's dud.

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    Pavarotti in Nabucco??? That was a total stuff-up on my part! Put it down to my age or the inability to clear the clipboard of an old entry when posting!

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