OP2650. DON CARLO, recorded 1951, w.Previtali Cond. RAI Ensemble, Roma; Paolo Silveri, Mirto Picchi, Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Maria Caniglia, Ebe Stignani, Giulio Neri, Graziella Sciutti, etc.; Ebe Stignani (Ballo & Il Trovatore); Giulio Neri (Simon Boccanegra). (E.U.) 3-Warner-Fonit 8573 82649. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 0685738264926
“Since Warner Fonit has been issuing the series of operas that Cetra recorded in the early '50s with a stable of Italian singers, I have been giving them a good listen. Note that the latest issues have the original somewhat flamboyant covers that graced the original LPs and quite good mono sound - far better than the ruinous Everest pseudo-stereo LPs.
As for the performances most were recorded live at the RAI studios in one day with no or minimal retakes and therefore have a rough and ready quality to them. Most of the operas have of course been recorded with top flight casts and conductors. But here is something to be said for the idiomatic 'rightness" of these performances. There is a feeling that the singers have worked together, are comfortable with each other and know the scores inside out. The vocalism is often rough but the feelings are sincere and heartfelt and that counts for a lot. The conductors too share that feeling and often seem to be more interested in getting the dramatic points across than orchestral perfection. My own feeling is that the performances go back to a tradition that is now gone. In any case, I recommend most of them since they are are still the only complete commercial recordings).”
- Z. D. Akron
"Silveri's reliability as a singer and his dedication as an artist cannot be denied, and he should be judged as one of the finest baritones pf his generation, at a time when Italy could boast a considerable number....all his interpretations show sound musicianship, a commitment to the text, a good legato and excellent style."
- Alan Bilgora, THE RECORD COLLECTOR, 2018