Puccini: Tosca - Jones, Raimondi, Gobbi; Santi. Zürich, 1973


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On paper Gywneth Jones and Tito Gobbi seem on complete opposite ends of the operatic spectrum, but they had one thing in common – they could set the stage on fire with their dramatic intensity. And the two do just that in what may be one of the most exciting Act IIs I have ever heard. Jones is in absolute top-form delivering gleaming high note after high note. Gianni Raimondi may be a little out-matched dramatically but vocally delivers a sensitive Cavaradossi who is clearly more lover than fighter. The sound is fair to good.

OD 10779-2

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