Bellini: Norma - Cerquetti, Corelli, Pirazzini, Neri, De Palma; Santini. Roma, 1958


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Since this performance of Norma surfaced, it has become a mainstay of collectors as it features the great Anita Cerquetti at the height of her brief vocal prime paired with a young Franco Corelli whose voice and temperament seem to be boundless. Personally this performance was particularly revealing because it features singers who had the ease of vocal production to go against the daunting challenges of bel canto style, but who were not going to let their performance rest solely on their vocal gifts showing that bel canto is in fact more than just beautiful singing. The sound is good.

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