W. N. Hay

Location: Princeton, NJ United States


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Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera Ges ~ Erich Leinsdorf
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Ballo., March 18 2004
This is an outstanding performance in many ways. First of all the singing is fantastic. Carlo Bergonzi is the best Riccardo I've ever heard. The vocalism and interpretation are both great. When Ulrica tells Riccardo that he will die at the hands of his best friend, Bergonzi adds nervous laughs to his singing. Leoyntine Price is at her best in this recording. She takes very long phrases in one breath. Also the singing is so beautiful from her. The 1960s were certainly her best years. Robert Merill had one of the greatest Verdi baritone voices of all time. Listen to when he shouts Amelia in Act II when he finds out she has met with Riccardo. Eri tu is also very well sung and… Read more