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Verdi: Falstaff (Pristine Audio)

Pristine revitalises another indispensable gramophone classic but the improvement over the RCA issue is only marginal [RMo]

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Remembering Tebaldi (Pentatone)

A lovely recital presenting Melody Moore as a worthy inhabitant of the pantheon of the present generation of sopranos [GF]

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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (Morrison Music Trust)

(Déjà Review) With the frisson of live recording and none of the drawbacks, this set can confidently be recommended on all counts [TH]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Pentatone)

In no way does this new recording displace its illustrious predecessors except in terms of the clarity of its digital sound [RMo]

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Verdi: Don Carlo (C Major)

A splendid memento of a magnificent production, despite too many cuts having been inflicted on the score [MP]

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Zinka Milanov (soprano) Sings Verdi (Nimbus)

(Déjà Review) These excerpts from four favourite roles show Milanov almost constantly in the best possible light [GF]

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Pentatone)

The old Leinsdorf recording with Bergonzi and Price will never be redundant, but this is an admirable newcomer {GF]

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Eileen Farrell (soprano) Sings Verdi (Sony Classical)

Stunning singing from a great dramatic soprano who might have done more but chose otherwise [RMo]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 4)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

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Verdi: Falstaff (C Major)

A classic staging and superlative cast return to the catalogue, newly minted on Blu-ray [MP]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 3)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 2)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

Verdi: Aïda (Pristine Audio)

In vocal terms this is arguably the finest complete recording of Aïda in the catalogue, in a sterling new transfer [MP]

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (Sony Classical)

(Déjà Review) Verdi singing does not come much better than this [RJF]

Verdi: His Life and Operas (Part 1)

(From the Archive) A conspectus in four parts by Bob Farr

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone) Great Operatic Arias Vol. 2 (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) This collection does full justice to the finest lyric baritone Britain has produced since the Second World War [RJF]

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Cesare Siepi (bass) (Nimbus Prima Voce)

Hearing Cesare Siepi in his mature youth is a treat indeed [GF]

Verdi: Aïda (Pristine Audio)

A superlative transfer of an Aida which should be in every serious opera collection [PSt]

Verdi: Messa da Requiem (Rondeau)

I have honestly never heard anything like this… [RMo]

Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

An imaginative and involving production, but flawed by some intrusive and insensitive vulgarities [PCG]

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Verdi: Falstaff (Urania)

Though Sir Geraint Evans is rather gruff and dry-toned, this lavishly cast recording is worth anyone’s money [GF]

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Verdi: Aida (Pristine Audio)

Pristine’s typically successful remastering into Ambient Stereo helps appreciate afresh the virtues of this classic recording [RMo]

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Verdi: Rigoletto (Opus Arte)

A striking new Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, strongly cast and very well conducted [RWe]

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Verdi: Aïda (Pristine)

Pristine illuminates afresh a vintage account of a perennial favourite, always very listenable but now even better [RMo]