Two days ago I posted the the great trio from Verdi’s I Lombardi, Qual voluttà trascorrere, sung by Erwin Schott, Anna Netrebko, and Jonas Kaufmann. Listening to it caused me to revisit the recording of this number made exactly 100 years ago by Enrico Caruso with Frances Alda and Marcel Journet. Caruso interpolates two high notes near the end and likely had his head so far in the recording horn that he resembled a human endoscope. Nevertheless, the effect is thrilling and gives a glimpse of what his voice really sounded like. I’ve posted this recording before, but it’s so good that its worth an encore. Qual volutta trascorrere. No recording of the trio that I’m familiar with comes close to this one.