Berlioz: Les Troyens - Gedda, Horne, Verrett, Luchetti, Massard, Clabassi; Prêtre. Roma, 1969


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At the risk of coming across hyperbolic, this may be one of the finest performances of Les Troyens ever. Nicolai Gedda, who never sang this part on stage, is ideal. He sings both the heroic parts and the lyrical parts credibly and with amazing technique. He tosses off the high C in “Inutiles regrets” like it is nothing. Shirley Verrett is imposing and tragic as Didon and Marilyn Horne sings a very exciting Cassandra. If that weren’t enough you get Veriano Luchetti as Iopas. The sound is excellent.

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