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Penguin Guide, January 2009

Recorded by Columbia in 1930, the Naxos issue offers a lustily red-blooded reading typical of Italian performances at that period dominated by verismo. As Leonora Biance Scacciati has a distinctive timbre, slightly throaty. She is occasionally gusty in her production, but technically secure beyond what one can expect in latterday recordings. Similarly Fancesco Merli, a tenor much-admired by Toscanini with his baritonal timbre is a strong and satisfying Manrico. Enrico Molinari is a reliable Count, sounding a little old at times, and Giuseppina Zineti is a fruitily resonant Azucena, rich and firm throughout her register. The performance under Lorenzo Molajoli is lusty and red-blooded to match, and is exceptionally well-transferred by Ward Marston, marrying 78 r.p.m. pressing from different sources. The usual cuts of the period are observed, which leaves room for a supplement of fine recordings by Scacciati, four of the five with Merli as well, including rare items from Marchetti’s Ruy Blas, Gomes’s Guarany and Catalani’s Loreley, as well as the Trio from verdi’s I Lombardi, all very well sung.



K.M.
ClassicalCDReview.com, April 2002

"Naxos continues its admirable series of reissues of historic opera recording with this 1930 Italian Columbia Il trovatore... it offers many pleasures, and at budget price is well worth acquiring... the most impressive performance on this recording is the Manrico of Francesco Merli, one of the finest tenors of his generation... Bianca Scacciati is likewise a fascinating presence. Her Leonora is uncommonly passionate, a real dramatic force... By contrast, Enrico Molinari sings beautifully as the Count di Luna... Ward Marston's remastering is predictably fine. The voices, in particular, emerge with considerable definition and warmth. As a bonus, Naxos has included several excerpts from other operas performed by Scacciati and colleagues, including an electrifying rendition of the great Trio from Verdi's I Lombardi, with Merli and Nazzareno de Angelis. All in all, a most fascinating release."



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2002

"The 1930 production ...gets right to the core of the opera's raw emotions. Personally, I would not want to sacrifice the thrilling high notes of Francesco Merli's Manrico, the shrill urgency of Bianca Scacciati's Leonora, or the animal energy of Lorenzo Molajoli's conducting for all the authenticity in the world."



Robert Croan
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 2002

"It's musically rough, and shortened by about 16 minutes of then-standard cuts, but it gets right to the core of the opera's raw emotions. Personally, I would not want to sacrifice the thrilling high notes of Francesco Merli's Manrico, the shrill urgency of Bianca Scacciati's Leonora, or the animal energy of Lorenzo Molajoli's conducting for all the authenticity in the world."



MusicWeb International, December 2001

"A glorious feast of singing from a golden age."



Robert Levine
ClassicsToday.com

"Giuseppina Zinetti, as mama Azucena, is nice and chesty and very involved... Enrico Molinari's di Luna is gorgeous Verdi singing. This set is good fun."






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