Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Original Version) - Bruscantini, Ligi, Turp, Howell; Matheson. London, 1975
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Lovers of this opera will appreciate this recording. It is a rare performance of the original 1857 version of Simon Boccanegra. By 1881 when Verdi revised this opera his musical style had changed substantially. Even though the tonal language might be a little simpler here, Verdi's signature ability to paint characters is ever present. Sesto Bruscantini is larger-than-life as the title character. The sound is very good.