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    Default Lucrezia Borgia on CD/DV

    I am surprised that I cannot find an existing thread on this great opera, so here we go.

    I have only one on CD:


    Presumably same one with alternate cover:


    For DVD I like this one:


    I also have a Theodossiou Borgia on DVD but have not watched it yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    I am surprised that I cannot find an existing thread on this great opera, so here we go.

    I have only one on CD:


    Presumably same one with alternate cover:


    For DVD I like this one:


    I also have a Theodossiou Borgia on DVD but have not watched it yet.
    As I mentioned in the other thread, the studio Caballé is a bit lacking in atmosphere, but she is my favourite Lucrezia and can be better heard in this live recording from 1965, her US debut.

    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    As I mentioned in the other thread, the studio Caballé is a bit lacking in atmosphere, but she is my favourite Lucrezia and can be better heard in this live recording from 1965, her US debut.

    Looks like same one has an alternate release. Back Cover Image Here
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    I have both the Caballe and Sutherland studio recordings on CD, both of which I consider essential. I have heard the live Caballe a long time ago, but haven't taken the plunge and bought it. I prefer the rest of the cast that are on the studio recording. I should give the live one another listen, it's possibly worth getting to supplement the other two.

    On DVD I like the Sutherland and Theodossiou versions, although I wouldn't describe either as more than satisfactory. Sutherland's came too late (but does have the superb Krauss) and surprisingly Theodossiou is somewhat bland and disappointing in the film with her in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    Looks like same one has an alternate release. Back Cover Image Here
    I couldn't tell you which has the better sound quality, as I only have the SRO version, which is pretty good. SRO are usually quite good actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I have both the Caballe and Sutherland studio recordings on CD, both of which I consider essential. I have heard the live Caballe a long time ago, but haven't taken the plunge and bought it. I prefer the rest of the cast that are on the studio recording. I should give the live one another listen, it's possibly worth getting to supplement the other two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I have both the Caballe and Sutherland studio recordings on CD, both of which I consider essential. I have heard the live Caballe a long time ago, but haven't taken the plunge and bought it. I prefer the rest of the cast that are on the studio recording. I should give the live one another listen, it's possibly worth getting to supplement the other two.


    N.
    Vanzo and Paskalis are actually very good. The only let down is Berbié, who is absolutely no match for Verrett.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    I couldn't tell you which has the better sound quality, as I only have the SRO version, which is pretty good. SRO are usually quite good actually.
    The d'oro set has clips at allmusic.com

    https://www.allmusic.com/album/doniz...a-mw0001418207


    Other one appears to be up on You Tube:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxbk5fwADok
    Last edited by SixFootScowl; Mar-10-2020 at 18:37.
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