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Los diamantes de la corona (Barbieri)

Pilar Lorengar, María Dolores Alite, Ginés Torrano, Manuel Ausensi, Gerardo Monreal, Rafael Campos. Coro Cantores de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica, c. Ataulfo Argenta
Novoson Z-543

Although seriously cut, Argenta's reading of this scintillating score - very different in musical atmosphere from Auber's setting of (more or less) the same libretto - remains a staple of the recorded repertoire. Lorengar has truly regal allure as the Queen, and both Torrano and Ausensi lend persuasively stylist support. The recording is better balanced and much better transferred than many in the BMG-Novoson series. A necessary CD until a really complete version appears.

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