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Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
Ernani - opera in four acts (1843) [117:55]
Ernani, the bandit - Gino Penno (tenor); Don Carlo, King of Spain - Giuseppe Taddei (baritone); Don Ruy de Silva, a Spanish grandee - Giacomo Vaghi (bass); Elvira, Silva’s niece and loved by Ernani - Caterina Mancini (soprano); Don Riccardo, the King’s equerry - Vittorio Pandano (tenor); Jago, equerry to Silva - Ezio Achilli (bass); Giovanna - Licia Rossini.
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Roma della RAI/Fernando Previtali
rec. 25 June 1950, Rome. AAD. mono
WARNER FONIT 2564 66143-6 [74:38 + 43:17]

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Here is another of the radio broadcast recordings produced by Cetra in the 1950s. Their chief value now, apart from intrinsic artistic excellence, is that they re-connect us with a vanished tradition. Despite being largely overlooked, they are hardly held in low esteem by people who really know their opera. "Gramophone" reviewer Philip Hope-Wallace began the fashion of belittling them with patronising condescension in his reviews through the 1950s and 1960s, though to be fair, he could not have foreseen the dearth which now teaches us to appreciate them better. 

Why should a sixty-year-old mono recording remain desirable? Easy: there are voices here to pin back the ears of the most jaded opera-buff and yet none except Giuseppe Taddei is rea