OP0379. OTELLO, Live Performance, 7 Dec., 1976, w.Carlos Kleiber Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Plácido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Piero Cappuccilli, etc. 2-Opera d'Oro OPD 7005, Slipcase Edition w.Libretto-Brochure. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy. - 723724522428
"Look again, you are not dreaming. This DREAM CAST in a 1976 recording of OTELLO is now available for the first time in digital remastering with complete libretto and attractive packaging, with a special essay on the performance by Andrew Farach-Colton.
This is one of the finest OTELLO recordings at any price! Every recording conducted by Carlos Kleiber is an event. This brilliant and reclusive conductor has made only a few recordings, all considered excellent, and some sublime: his readings of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic are widely considered the best ever made in the history of the gramophone.
The three principals in this recording - Domingo (tenor), Freni (soprano) and Cappuccilli (baritone) - are all superstars, and were at the top of their form when this thrilling recording was made.
Not even Toscanini managed to inspire and sustain music-making of such blistering intensity."
- Andrew Farach-Colton
"...what I most remember is the initial sound of Domingo's voice as it softly pervaded the huge [Met] auditorium. Its dulcet caress was transporting!"
- Paul Jackson, START-UP AT THE NEW MET, p.409
"As might be predicted, Domingo has amazing virtuosity and endurance even in the most taxing roles....his is an amazing achievement. We shall not see or hear his like again in many a moon."
- Alan Blyth, GRAMOPHONE, Oct., 2007