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Which ensemble performs the most satisfying rendition of "Bella figlia dell 'amore""

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Wow. This is not an easy task.
Let's start by having to discard the Tagliavini "solo" because unfortunately he took over and that's all you hear. That was no quartet. Being that he has never been a favorite of mine I have to scratch this one even though the best soprano far and away was the gorgeous sound of Pagliughi. What a stunning voice she had.
Next comes a well constructed quartet with Kraus singing beautifully but I could hardly hear Moffo's lovely voice, which was a shame. It seems in all of the offerings Rigoletto's voice is not heard clearly. At least in this one they all sang together.
But then came the sound of a tenor that even shocked me. I never realized what a beautiful voice Domingo had until the comparison of the 3 tenors. His is the kind of tenor voice that appeals the most to me. Cotrubas' voice also sounded really lovely. Again Merrill, as with the other Rigolettos, took back seat when it came to hearing them. But for me, the Domingo/Cotrubas group takes the gold, with a special rose for the best voice of them all -- Pagliughi.
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