Verdi: Ernani - Gencer, Cecchele, Taddei, R. Raimondi; Wolf-Ferrari. Bilbao, 1968

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A quartet of great Verdians make up this recording of Verdi's Ernani.  Gianfranco Cecchele, in the title role, sings with grace and style made all the more notable for the fact that he was still very young.  Leyla Gencer is superb as Elvira.  Her voice is rich and supple.  Giuseppe Taddei shows what a great singer can do with a seemingly simply melodic line especially in "O, de' miei verd'anni."  A young Ruggero Raimondi rounds out the cast as Silva.  The sound is very good and I have included excerpts of Leyla Gencer singing arias from early Verdi.

OD 10523-2

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