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    I'm trying to build up my DVD library and Il Trovatore is required to sing for its supper Whats your favorite? And why if you are feeling generous.

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    Has it all, all star cast, great setting and Karajan know what he's doing.
    ( It's on You Tube and has probably another cover these days.)
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    No, I'm afraid Karajan has no idea what he's been doing by that stage if his career (sorry, a personal opinion but quite a strong one). His conducting is lethargic, Kabaivanska is not up to the task, things are getting cut etc etc. Very disappointing release despite every name on the cover being pretty much fine.

    Try Plowright/Bonisolli or Del Monaco/Gencer or Corelli/Stella (not sure if it's available commercially).
    But you'd definitely could do much better skipping the video part and going directly to some terrific audio-only recordings!
    Last edited by Azol; Jun-01-2021 at 12:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birmanbass View Post
    I'm trying to build up my DVD library and Il Trovatore is required to sing for its supper Whats your favorite? And why if you are feeling generous.
    See this, amongst several others, use the search bar on the main page
    Il Trovatore
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    There aren't as many as you would expect on DVD and very few good ones. My favourite is this one:

    Trov - Cura.jpg

    Cura isn't everyone's cup of tea, but everybody loves Dima. The two women didn't have major careers, but they more than do the job. It may not be an excellent recording, but it's better than any of the other staged versions I've seen, which all have flaws and weaknesses in their casts.

    For a really well sung and exciting account of the opera, then this one can't be beaten:

    Trov - Del Monaco.jpg

    The cast almost couldn't have been bettered at the time and despite this RAI studio version being somewhat rickety with its black and white flickering TV visuals, it has the best cast of all the DVD accounts.

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    P.S. Did someone say there's an audio-visual recording with Corelli?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Has it all, all star cast, great setting and Karajan know what he's doing.
    ( It's on You Tube and has probably another cover these days.)
    Strange “billing,” considering Verdi almost named the opera after Azucena (Cossotto?).
    Last edited by MAS; Jun-01-2021 at 22:59.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Has it all, all star cast, great setting and Karajan know what he's doing.
    ( It's on You Tube and has probably another cover these days.)
    Thanks for your suggestion, I will check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    No, I'm afraid Karajan has no idea what he's been doing by that stage if his career (sorry, a personal opinion but quite a strong one). His conducting is lethargic, Kabaivanska is not up to the task, things are getting cut etc etc. Very disappointing release despite every name on the cover being pretty much fine.

    Try Plowright/Bonisolli or Del Monaco/Gencer or Corelli/Stella (not sure if it's available commercially).
    But you'd definitely could do much better skipping the video part and going directly to some terrific audio-only recordings!
    I'm at an early stage in my accumulation of CD's and DVD's so thanks for your insight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    See this, amongst several others, use the search bar on the main page
    Il Trovatore
    Thanks for that...i'll scout around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    There aren't as many as you would expect on DVD and very few good ones. My favourite is this one:

    Trov - Cura.jpg

    Cura isn't everyone's cup of tea, but everybody loves Dima. The two women didn't have major careers, but they more than do the job. It may not be an excellent recording, but it's better than any of the other staged versions I've seen, which all have flaws and weaknesses in their casts.

    For a really well sung and exciting account of the opera, then this one can't be beaten:

    Trov - Del Monaco.jpg

    The cast almost couldn't have been bettered at the time and despite this RAI studio version being somewhat rickety with its black and white flickering TV visuals, it has the best cast of all the DVD accounts.

    N.

    P.S. Did someone say there's an audio-visual recording with Corelli?
    Anything with Dimitri, the "silver fox" is usually worthy of watching and listening to. Thanks i'll check it out.

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    Actually Il Trovatore with Corelli is only available as bits and pieces, sorry for misleading information. So Del Monaco/Gencer and Bonisolli/Plowright is your best bet in my opinion
    Last edited by Azol; Jun-02-2021 at 12:23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azol View Post
    Actually Il Trovatore with Corelli is only available as bits and pieces, sorry for misleading information. So Del Monaco/Gencer and Bonisolli/Plowright is your best bet in my opinion
    Thanks for the clarification

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post


    Has it all, all star cast, great setting and Karajan know what he's doing.
    ( It's on You Tube and has probably another cover these days.)
    Yes this is very good indeed. Cosotto marvellous. Bonisolli walked out after row with Karajan - he ended up throwing his sword at him! Domingo was on hand to save the day. The only problem is the performers are in the habit of taking bows after each scene.
    I find someone saying that Karajan ‘didn’t know what he was doing’ very puzzling.
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