"Giuseppe Verdi was to opera in the Italian tradition what Beethoven was to the symphony. When he arrived on the scene some had suggested that effective opera after Rossini was not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to new heights of drama and musical expression. Partisans see him as at least the equal of Wagner, even though his style and musical persona were of an entirely different cast. In the end, both Verdi's popular vein -- as heard in the operas Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La traviata -- and his deeper side -- found in Aida, Otello, and Falstaff -- demonstrate his mastery and far-reaching development of Italian opera." - AMG.
This LP is a Mercury Living Presence Stereo 'Demo' recording from 1959. This is a 1st Pressing with FR2/FR2 as part of the Matrix.
This series is highly regarded by Audiophiles as being some of the finest recordings ever made, even by today's standards and techniques.
These recordings are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
The record is NM-.
The jacket is VG++.
The LP plays/sounds NM.
A terrific LP. This one has the 'Mercury' sound in spades. Deep, thundering Bass, warm, silky mid-range and an open, airy treble. The dynamics easily equal ( or better) that of most modern 'Audiophile' LP's.
Surface noise consists of audible 'crackles' and 'ticks' which are audible on fairly quiet passages.
Price has been adjusted to reflect this.
Each record is washed on a VPI cleaning machine using a proprietary 3-5 agent process which is determined by the needs of the individual record. Each record is then listened to 100% to insure that the posted description is exactly what you can expect to get.
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