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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Recordings I have and enjoy

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    Terrific performance of the four act version. Unfortunately the engineering is intrusive. Needs remastering.

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    Generally well cast and conducted. Very safe recommendation of 5 act Italian version

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    First attempt at the French version but by a non-French speaking cast. Interesting with an appendix

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    Really good performance spoiled by the bizarre casting of the German, Meier, as Eboli. Was there no-one French to sing the part?

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    Two great performances in Christoff and Gobbi but you do have to put up with Santini's lifeless conducting.
    I agree with you generally about these recordings, but just wonder why you single out the casting of the German Meier as bizarre, whereas the casting of a Finnish Elisabeth and an American Posa and Grand Inquisitor presumably isn't.

    Incidentally we have in other sets performances by Spaniards (Domingo, Carreras and Caballé), Bulgarians (Christoff and Ghiaurov) a Greek (Baltsa) and another American (Milnes) as well as Italians of course.

    Why does Meier's nationality make her bizarre casting for the role of Eboli?
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    The most complete recording of the French version is this one:

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    Some of the casting is less than ideal, but most of the singers are Francophones. I'm fairly certain that it pre-dates the Abbado French version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I agree with you generally about these recordings, but just wonder why you single out the casting of the German Meier as bizarre, whereas the casting of a Finnish Elisabeth and an American Posa and Grand Inquisitor presumably isn't.

    Incidentally we have in other sets performances by Spaniards (Domingo, Carreras and Caballé), Bulgarians (Christoff and Ghiaurov) a Greek (Baltsa) and another American (Milnes) as well as Italians of course.

    Why does Meier's nationality make her bizarre casting for the role of Eboli?
    I don't find her French comes over that well. Germans are not generally noted for their French speaking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildThing View Post
    Has anyone heard Haitink's recording?



    Amazon reviews are never reliable, but Ralph Moore and a few others on the site gave it a good review.
    I pulled this off the shelf and am listening to it today. It's pretty much as I remembered it - competent, but ultimately noncompetitive. Many of Haitink's tempo choices are too slow, robbing the music of forward momentum and drama. The best singing certainly comes from Borodina. I had reservations about Hvorostovsky's voice from the beginning of his career, particularly in Italian repertoire; the voice seemed bottled up and artificially darkened, without sufficient squillo - and those features are certainly present on this recording. But if you're a fan, you'll like him here. Margison is adequate vocally, but not really very interesting, and I find his musicality pretty pedestrian. Gorchakova's' voice sounds clotted and her diction is dreadful. Scandiuzzi sounds every bit as old and decrepit as I remembered, and Lloyd sounds too healthy as the Grand Inquisitor.
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