Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4828597
Barcode
00028948285976
Format
2-CD
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AMILCARE PONCHIELLI
La Gioconda

La Gioconda – Anita Cerquetti
La Ciera – Franca Sacchi
Alvise Badoero – Cesare Siepi
Laura Adorno – Giulietta Simionato
Enzo Grimaldo – Mario del Monaco
Barnaba – Ettore Bastianini
Zuàne – Giorgio Giorgetti
Isèpo – Athos Cesearini
Un pilota – Guido Pasella
Une cantore – Edio Peruzzi

Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Recording information

Recording Producer: James Walker
Balance Engineers: Gil Went, Roy Wallace
Recording Location: Teatro Pergola, Florence, Italy, 22 June – 6 July 1957
Original Decca LP Release: LXT 5400–02 / SXL 2225-27 (reissued on ‘Ace of Diamonds’ as GOS 609–11)

Reviews

‘Cerquetti sustains this exacting role to perfection. A beautiful voice, well managed, always in tune and with a dramatic edge to it that yet is not hard, promises well for the future.’ The Musical Times, May 1958

‘To compare Anita Cerquetti’s Gioconda with Callas’s is a revelation. Cerquetti brings to the role intelligence, musicianship, and an appealing voice, invariably prettier than Callas’s above high G… Callas’ makes one’s palms sweat. And yet what Cerquetti does with the part is considerably more than merely acceptable.’ High Fidelity, May 1958