OP0414. BELFAGOR (Respighi), recorded c.1988, w.Lamberto Gardelli Cond. Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Chorus; Sylvia Sass, Giorgio Lamberti, Laszlo Polgár, Klára Takáts, Maria Zampieri, etc. 2-Hungaroton 12850/51, Slipcase Set w.Elaborate 65pp. Libretto-brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy!
"Respighi was a master of orchestration. The wonderful array of musical colour conjured up in this work is exceptional. An amusing storyline about an arch-devil coming to test the virtues of marital bliss is beautifully depicted in by score worthy of being heard much more than it is. The cast sing passionately and the orchestra is superb under Maestro Gardelli. There are familiar themes used throughout the opera which will easily be recognised by those who know Respighi's BELFAGOR Overture which is, incidentally, a completely independent orchestral work and not in fact the overture to the opera which bears its name. Enjoy."
- Ned Ludd
“Sylvia Sass, a Hungarian soprano who - in a five year career - has sung with the Vienna State Opera and at Covent Garden in London as well as with the Budapest Opera, made her Metropolitan Opera debut on Thursday night in the title role of Tosca. She looked and acted every bit the famous singer that Tosca was, and her singing was pretty much in the so-called grand manner. Miss Sass has soprano voice that seems to be of great amplitude when she blasts it out across the footlights, but the voice may not be so big as these fortissimos suggest. Except in the loudest outbursts, her tone was generally attractive. At times, it reminded this listener of the kind of sound Renata Tebaldi produced after the bloom had gone from her voice but before the hardness had set in. Tosca is clearly a part that shows Miss Sass off to best advantage. She is a very good looking woman who wears the costumes superbly and whose portrayal of a handsome, talented diva seemed to come easily.”
- Allen Hughes, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 March, 1977