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Lawrence Devoe, March 2013

This is a strongly cast and directed piece, benefiting from excellent sight and sound recording. This cast presents equally good contributions from tenor Richards, soprano Theodossiou…and baritone Lopez Linares. Maestro Boris Brott keeps everything together nicely, respecting Verdi’s tempi and dynamics.

The picture is crisp and clear with excellent colors. Thanks to veteran Tiziano Mancini, camera work brings a great sense of the inner and outer drama of the characters, making this among the best in this series that I have seen.

This is a Blu-ray premiere and clearly trumps an earlier DVD version. This is one of Verdi’s least performed works and, yet on hearing a strong performance like this one, I find it a puzzlement that it does not get more stagings. The choral parts are as good as in any of the later Verdian operas and there are many fine solo and small ensemble parts. For those like myself who come to La Battaglia di Legnano as a new experience will be pleased by this installment in the Tutto Verdi series. © 2013 Read complete review

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