Classicalite contributing editor James Inverne states his case, with videos, for the five best Carlo Bergonzi recordings.
James Inverne remembers Carlo Bergonzi--the tenor who may have been, in some ways, the greatest of them all.
It shouldn't take a 200th anniversary to send everyone scurrying to the shelves (or Spotify) to listen or re-listen to some great Strauss recordings. But anniversaries are useful for reminding us, and any reminder to hear again the ravishing recordings recommended here is to be appreciated...
From an era when Italianate (and indeed, Italian) tenors were in more plentiful supply, Renato Cioni has passed away at the age of 84. He was also one of the last links to the age of Maria Callas, as one of her last Cavaradossis in Puccini's Tosca
There are some, very rare, instances where a recording of a work is so special as to generally be considered--well, definitive is probably the wrong word, as any masterpiece is open to so many interpretations, but at least they are unlikely to be unsurpassed.
Wagner's epic operas are rather long for you to plough through all the available recordings looking for favorites, so don't worry, we've done it for you.