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It is almost with some relief I plunge the depths and turn to a bass, Ferruccio Furlanetto, who offers excerpts from two of his great roles, Filippo in Don Carlo and Boris Godunov, recorded live at the Vienna State Opera in performances between 1997 and 2012. Both operas portray absolutist monarchs who balance public hubris with private anguish; this selection focuses on the king’s loneliness and the tsar’s paranoia. Furlanetto is suitably magisterial, noble of tone and immaculately phrased. This is singing in the grand manner. He is well served by his conductors, notably Michael Halász in the Verdi and Daniele Gatti in the Musorgsky, and by his fellow cast members, particularly Carlos Álvarez as a magnificent Rodrigo.

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