Catalani: La Wally - Olivero, Zaccaria, Zambon; Scaglia. Bergamo, 1972


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Magda Olivero will always be the last word for me in Italian style. There are many other sopranos whose voices I have preferred but few knew how to shape lines and sing with such conviction as she did. Her performances were always raw without becoming campy or forced. Here, in her sixties, she sings better than many great singers did at half her age. I have to admit that I have had very little experience with this opera before listening to this recording. I was surprised to find that there is more to it than the aria. The music is incredibly lush and seems to borrow from the German and French palette. The sound is very good

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