I Lombardi (Complete opera recorded in 1972)

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I Lombardi (Complete opera recorded in 1972)
Cristina Deutekom, Placido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi, Desdemona Malvisi / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli

[ Decca Operas / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 20 August 2014

"Domingo as Oronte is in superb voice, and the villain Pagano is well characterised by Raimondi. Among the supporting cast Stafford Dean and Clifford Grant must be mentioned, and Gardelli conducts dramatically."
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs

Verdi's I lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards at the First Crusade) was the composer's third commission for La Scala and his first opera to be performed in America. It was premiered at La Scala on 11 February 1843 and heard in London at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, on 12 May 1846. It was revised in 1847 as Jérusalem.

this pioneering recording of the complete opera drew warm praise when first released and features a young Plácido Domingo in the role of the young Muslim prince, Oronte. "Domingo as Oronte is in superb voice, and the villain Pagano is well characterised by Raimondi. Among the supporting cast Stafford Dean and Clifford Grant must be mentioned, and Gardelli conducts dramatically ... and the action projects vividly."
The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs