One of the greatest pieces of music Verdi, ever wrote! I’ve always thought it one of the very greatest among his concerted pieces along with the council chamber scene from Simone Boccanegra. I believe that concerted pieces, with or without chorus, are among the greatest examples of Verdis genius, one of the reasons I think I need to return to Falstaff because as I remember…may be wrong… There was a lot of concerted singing there. Like pizza, I’ve always felt even a below average version of the quartet as being a very enjoyable thing (excepting of course Domino’s😉🤓!) to my taste there are no below averages here. During the first half of the piece the tenor has great prominence . I’ve always liked Tagliavini but there was always a quality in the production or sound that I couldn’t define… It makes him unique, but it has in most cases, a relaxed quality to it. That doesn’t work in the opening for me. I’m not sure what he’s doing there. I enjoy it, but I don’t hear how he’s seducing Maddalena. Domingo sounds more the long lined Adonis and Krause, the more energized charming predator and I enjoy Krause the most. Of course he has the easiest top, and that matters a lot here. Taddei rules, as he often does! At the important introduction of soprano and mezzo the combination of Colasanti and Pagliughi make an uncommon distinction in character between Gilda and Maddalena and that quality never lets up for the rest of that version of the piece. I think great small ensemble, singing, in any kind of music, can divide for me into two separate approaches… One in which the blend is paramount, and you are struck with the perfection of the whole! The other is an approach in which individual parts and characters are extremely distinct, but somehow that individuality is blended into a magnificent whole! I feel that’s what accomplished in the first rendition. I enjoyed them all very very much but the Taddei group takes the trophy for me! I think it was a great rendition!!!