Classical Music Home

Welcome to Naxos Records

Keyword Search
 Classical Music Home > Naxos Album Reviews

Album Reviews

See latest reviews of other albums...

Robert Farr
MusicWeb International, December 2013

This semi-comic work was Verdi’s second staged opera. It is his only such work until his very last, Falstaff, staged over 59 years later! This production by Pier Luigi Pizzi, who was also responsible for the sets and costumes, was first staged in the Teatro Reggio in1997. It was revived, for the first time since, for the opening of the 2010 season of Parma’s annual Verdi Festival. In period costume and with simple sets, this performance and staging has many virtues.  It features both Pizzi himself as the revival director, and Anna Caterina Antonacci, who was also the Marchessa in that original 1997 staging. © 2013 MusicWeb International

Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Tracks, November 2012

The first act builds masterfully, opening with a festive chorus…

The chorus is followed quickly by two cantabile/cavatina-cabaletta arias à la Rossini. All this is traditional, straight out of the Rossini-Donizetti playbook, but it is quite effective.

In Act II Cuniza gets her scena, then Oberto his. There is a fine quartet in which the four principals attempt a negotiated peace.

The Parma production…supports Verdi’s early effort with generally fine casting. Tenor Fabio Sartori (Riccardo) possesses a generous lyric voice, supple, musical, and beautifully colored, with just enough steel in the upper register to promise success in meatier Verdi roles as he matures. I liked Francesca Sassu (Leonora) and Giovanni Battista Parodi (Oberto) too. Conductor Antonello Allemandi paces things admirably, never overplaying the elemental effects that Verdi relied upon at this stage in his development…Sound and balances are generally excellent… © 2012 PS Tracks Read complete review

Lawrence Devoe, November 2012

The featured singers…deliver the florid vocalism essential to Verdi’s desired effects. I was particularly impressed with soprano Sassu…Maestro Antonello Allemandi paces the proceeding well and gives an honest account of this early Verdi masterpiece.

Camera work covers the…stage quite effectively. This Tutto Verdi series features a very useful introduction to the background of the opera, using scenes from the current production. It should be required viewing for most who will be seeing this work for the first time.

The young cast features some very promising voices and we get idiomatic singing from the principals. For Verdi fans…Oberto will represent a real discovery showing how the maestro began to develop his unique voice beginning with the bel canto style. It contains plenty of big solos, choruses, and the driving pulse that become Verdi’s trademark. A recommended watch that provides a very enjoyable two hours in Parma. © 2012 Read complete review

Naxos Records, a member of the Naxos Music Group