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Pizzetti - Debora e Jaele: 2 competing recordings?


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M. Yaskovsky
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« on: January 20, 2019, 10:51:06 am »

Does someone has experience with one of these sets: https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/art/ildebrando-pizzetti-debora-e-jaele/hnum/8724287 or https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/art/ildebrando-pizzetti-debora-e-jaele/hnum/8129169
I'm not sure which one to buy, the Votto was recorded 1962 and the Gavazzeni in 1952. Which one would be 'the better one?' Or should I stick with my radio recording from the 1980s when this opera was done in Utrecht, concertant.....
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 04:04:10 pm »

After Fedra my favourite Pizzetti opera alongside Fra Grehardo.

I became acquainted with the opera via the Gavazzeni set in 2006 - the only one available then - and thought it was fine despite being from the 1950s. Certainly it was good enough for me to consider the work an impressive one and increase my admiration for Pizzetti.

However, since aquiring, in 2007, the Dutch recording (from a BBC Broadcast), it is this I would listen to as my first choice. However, Gavazzeni was a fine conductor of opera and Clara Petrella, a fine dramatic soprano.  If you want a second version of the opera, albeit in more limited sound, the Gavazzeni is worth having.

I may also have the  Votto but have no recollection of what it is like.
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