Aida  (Solti;  Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Rita Gorr, Sereni, Siepi, Macurdy)  (2-Myto 934.84)
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Aida  (Solti;  Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Rita Gorr, Sereni, Siepi, Macurdy)  (2-Myto 934.84)
OP1066. AÏDA, Live Performance, 7 Dec., 1963, w.Solti Cond. Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi, Rita Gorr, Mario Sereni, Cesare Siepi, John Macurdy, etc. (Slovenia) 2–Myto 934.84. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! – 608974500849

CRITIC REVIEWS:

“Verdi and Solti proved to be a compatible pair….Solti and company have provided an AIDA which ranks with any in broadcast history….By this time in his Metropolitan career, Bergonzi is invariably the tenor we prize. If not above all others, as one who holds a unique place in our regard and affection….A magical moment occurs at the beginning of the third act where most interpreters of [Amneris] make little effect, Gorr prays that Radamès may be able to love her in tones so pure and hallowed that they would be worthy of a Gluck heroine (as Gorr memorably was)….[and yet] when Gorr chooses to set free the body of her tone, she is a veritable brass band….In the scenes with her father and lover, Price is vibrantly alive, playing with complete abandon….the ascents to the top voice are faultless….her soprano thrives in the stratosphere, where ethereal beauty lives.”

- Paul Jackson, SIGN-OFF FOR THE OLD MET, pp.444-46



“With the end of the war Solti was appointed musical director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in 1946. In normal circumstances this prestigious post would have been an unthinkable appointment for a young and inexperienced conductor, but the leading German conductors such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Clemens Krauss and Herbert von Karajan were prohibited from conducting pending the conclusion of denazification proceedings against them. Under Solti's direction, the company rebuilt its repertoire and began to recover its pre-war eminence. He benefited from the encouragement of the elderly Richard Strauss, in whose presence he conducted DER ROSENKAVALIER. In 1961 he became musical director of the Covent Garden Opera Company, London. During his ten-year tenure, he introduced changes that raised standards to the highest international levels. Under his musical directorship the status of the company was recognised with the grant of the title ‘the Royal Opera’.”

- Z. D. Akron