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Re: Boito's "Mefistofele"
The Metropolitan Guide to Recorded Opera does list a Christoff recording issued on EMI in 1955, but the Marguerite there is Orietta Moscucci (the tenor being Giacinto Prandelli). The review by London Green points out that the set is very substantially cut (all of the Helen of Troy sequence which constitutes Act IV is omitted, as well as other sequences). I don't know if this is the set to which Carl Yanowitz refers, but these cuts would clearly rule the set out of consideration as the only representation of the opera in any collection. The listings on operadis show no other recordings with Christoff, and although the set is listed in the discography in Volume 3 of Opera on Record, John Higgins does not discuss it at all in his comprehensive review of the various complete recordings. Alec Robertson in the Gramophone of September 1956 was generally favourable in his review (although there was not much competition in those days)and when it was reissued in 1996 Michael Oliver in the same publication regarded the recording with some favour despite opening his review with the comment "On the face of it this hardly looks worth reissuing." He also agreed with Carl Yanowitz that the sound was "rather coarse." A later 2008 reissue is still listed as available in the catalogue.
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