LP0410. SIMON BOCCANEGRA, Live Performance, 21 Jan., 1939, w. Ettore Panizza Cond. Met Opera Ensemble; Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, Giovanni Martinelli, Elisabeth Rethberg, Ezio Pinza, Louis D'Angelo, etc. 3-Metropolitan Opera Historic Broadcast Recordings MET 13. Producer: Dorle Soria (Mrs. Dario Soria) & David Hamilton. Audio Engineer: Tom Owen, R & H Archives. The packaging is in the style of the deluxe RCA Victor Soria Series releases - velvet-covered slipcase edition with an inner box that holds, in addition to the records, an elaborate beautifully-illustrated booklet with background on the opera's Met history by David Hamilton, photos and biographies of the artists, plus a second booklet containing a libretto with translation. Produced by RCA in 1986. Factory-Sealed.
gThe protagonist, Tibbett, in superb voice for one of his most noteworthy assumptions, was at the height of his considerable dramatic powers; able to dominate the council chamber scene and provide a subtle range of nuance and dynamic elsewhere. Martinelli makes something of the rather thankless role of Gabriele with his sterling tones and secure musicianship. Has there ever been a more truly beautiful, noble, bass voice than Ezio Pinza's? His Fiesco is a moving portrayal of this fascinating character. The duet in Act 3 with Tibbett, transforms this music and few other recorded versions can equal it. This luxury casting finds Leonard Warren as Paolo - already indicating in both vocal quality and charisma, a bright future for this young baritone. Panizza's conducting is first rate and in the great tradition of the finest Italian opera conductors of the past."
- Vivian A. Liff, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Jan./Feb., 2014
"Tibbett is gigantic as Boccanegra...this is one of the great operatic portrayals ever...the same can be said about Pinza. Beauty of tone, nobility of expression, strength and eloquence, it is all there. Martinelli's feeling for the style is complete, he has power, and he also has the ability to moderate his voice and sing softly....There are moments that are truly thrilling, alongside moments where one wishes for more tonal beauty....But the greatness of the artist is always present when Martinelli sings."
- Henry Fogel, FANFARE, Nov./ Dec., 2013