OP0483. IL TROVATORE, recorded 1930, w.Nastrucci & Sabajno Cond. La Scala Ensemble; Aurelino Pertile, Apollo Granforte, Maria Carena, Irene Minghini-Cattaneo, etc. (Italy) 2-Nuova Era 90012/13. Elaborate 52pp. libretto-booklet. Long out-of-print; Final copy!
“Two TROVATORES were recorded at La Scala in 1930. The first, reissued here, was recorded in May by Italian Columbia and released on 28 shellac sides. The second, six months, but with a completely different cast of principals and a different conductor. The[above] HMV recording features a starrier cast (tenor Aureliano Pertile, baritone Apollo Granforte, and mezzo Irene Minghini-Cattaneo) and conductor Carlo Sabajno (with extensive deputizing by Gino Nastrucci), and is generally more satisfying. However, both recordings feature a style of Verdi performance which is dead today. In 1930, TROVATORE was less then 80 years old, but it already had been overrun by the ‘realistic’ verismo style that had prevailed in Italy in the early decades of the 20th century. Also, Verdi's score was not treated as a sacred document, as would be the case later in the century.”
- Raymond Tuttle, Classical.Net