, September 2016
One can nitpick about Pavarotti’s Gustavo, but why bother, when the portrayal is so gleamingly sung and so vividly characterized? …Pavarotti has everything, expertly balancing bonhomie, ardor and generosity.
…25-year-old Gabriele Lechner, offers vocal bloom, security and stylistic flair that that would be outstanding by any standard—and seem utterly miraculous from such a young artist.
On the podium, Claudio Abbado disarms potential critics with leadership that lacks nothing in grandeur, vigor, urgency, unnerving tension or romantic sweep. Fully evident is the unfailingly astute sense of proportion so characteristic of Abbado’s Verdi. The conductor creates a momentum that lets the drama surge forward while always retaining the ever-intriguing blend of light and dark that constitutes the “tinta” of this work. …The players give their absolute best, and the chorus contributes strongly as well, with the men beautifully hushed in the opera’s opening moments and the combined forces giving a fine rhythmic drive to the ball scene. © 2016 Opera News Read complete review