50 Best Verdi [3 CD set]

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GIUSEPPE VERDI
50 Best Verdi [3 CD set]
José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Rolando Villazón, Roberto Alagna, Natalie Dessay, Victoria de los Angeles, Montserrat Caballé, etc

[ Warner Classics 50 Best / 3 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Saturday 1 June 2019

This 3-CD set contains 100 tracks from the most familiar and best-loved works by the Italian operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), performed by many of the world's leading singers, choruses, orchestras and conductors.

The operas of Verdi today form the mainstay of the repertoire of opera houses all over the world. Some of his music has become absorbed into popular culture from being used in TV adverts and film soundtracks, as well as being performed by the most famous classical singers of the day in concerts and on records.

CD 1 brings together many of Verdi's great arias for tenor and baritone, from the swaggering bravado of 'La donna è mobile' from Rigoletto to the heartbreaking poignancy of 'Niun mi tema', the death scene from Otello, Verdi's inspired setting of Shakespeare's tragedy. The first singer to be heard is the matchless Placido Domingo, and he is followed by a procession of other great tenors including José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Rolando Villazón and Roberto Alagna, as well as some of the world's finest baritones such as Tito Gobbi and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

CD 2 presents a veritable galaxy of great sopranos and mezzos, led by the legendary Maria Callas and including Natalie Dessay, Victoria de los Angeles and Montserrat Caballé who provide a programme of the greatest Verdi arias for the female voice from from operas like La traviata, Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera and Aida.

The last CD contains many of Verdi's best overtures,choruses and ballet music, including the lively Anvil Chorus from Il trovatore and the deeply moving Chorus of Hebrew Slaves: 'Va, pensiero' from Nabucco. The disc finishes spectacularly with the Grand March and Chorus from the Triumphal Scene in Aida.

Tracks:

CD 1:
Aïda, Act 1 Scene 1: Romanza, "Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida" (Radames)
by Placido Domingo/Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

La traviata, Act 2 Scene 1: No. 4, Scena ed Aria, "Lunge da lei per me … De' miei bollenti spiriti … O mio rimorso!" (Alfredo)
by Rolando Villazon/Marcello Viotti/Münchner Rundfunkorchester

La Traviata, Act 2, Scene 1, Scene & Aria: Di Provenza il mar, il suol
by Renato Bruson/Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele (Act I)
by Nicolai Gedda/Giuseppe Patanè

Un ballo in maschera, Act 3 Tableau 2: No. 14, Scena e Romanza, "Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m'è forza perderti" (Gustavo)
by Placido Domingo/Martina Arroyo/Reri Grist/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Rigoletto, Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Duca)
Vincenzo La Scala/Teatro alla Scala/Riccardo Muti

Rigoletto: Pari siamo!
by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Alberto Erede/Berliner Philharmoniker

Rigoletto, Act 3: "La donna è mobile" (Duca, Sparafucile, Rigoletto)
Alfredo Kraus/Philharmonia Orchestra/Julius Rudel

Luisa Miller, Act 2 Scene 3: No. 10, Scena ed Aria, "Oh! fede negar potessi … Quando le sere al placido" (Rodolfo)
by Franco Corelli/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Franco Ferraris

Macbeth, Act 4: "O figli, o figli miei ... Ah, la paterna mano"
Jose Carreras/New Philharmonia/Riccardo Muti

Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso
by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau/Alberto Erede/Berliner Symphoniker

Il Trovatore, Act III Scene Two: Ah si, ben mio, coll'essere io tuo (Manrico)
Franco Corelli/Rome Opera/Thomas Schippers

Il Trovatore, Act III Scene Two: Di quella pira l'orrendo foco (Manrico/Ruiz/Coro)
Franco Corelli/Rome Opera/Thomas Schippers

I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Act 2 Scene 2: No. 7, Cavatina, "La mia letizia infondere" (Oronte)
by Rolando Villazon/Marcello Viotti/Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Don Carlos: Fontainebleau! Foret immense et solitaire
Roberto Alagna/Orchestre de Paris/Antonio Pappano

Messa da Requiem: II. Sequence, 8. Ingemisco (Tenor)
by Luciano Pavarotti/Coro E Orchestra Del Teatro Alla Scala, Milano/Riccardo Muti

La Forza del Destino: La Vita e inferno all'infelice-oh tu che in seno agli'angeli
Carlo Bergonzi/Lamberto Gardelli/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Otello, Act 4 Scene 4: Finale, "Niun mi tema … Pria d'ucciderti" (Otello)
by Placido Domingo/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/John Barker

Falstaff, Act One, Scene One: L'Onore! Ladri!...Io stesso, sì, io, io (Falstaff)
Jonathan Lemalu/New Zealand Symphony/James Judd

CD 2:
La Traviata, Act 1: "È strano! È strano!...Ah, fors' è lui" (Violetta)
Natalie Dessay/Concerto Koln/Evelino Pido

La traviata, Act 1: "Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera" (Violetta, Alfredo)
Victoria de los Angeles/Opera di Roma/Tullio Serafin

Rigoletto, Act 1: "Gualtier Maldè ... Caro nome"
Reri Grist/Rome Opera/Francesco Molinari Pradelli

Il Trovatore: Condotta ell'era in ceppi
Giulietta Simionato/Franco Corelli/Coro del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Thomas Schippers

Il trovatore, Act 4 Scene 1: "D'amor sull'ali rosee" Giulietta Simionato/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Thomas Schippers

Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 2: No. 8, Aria, "La luce langue … spegnesi il faro" (Lady Macbeth)
by Maria Callas/Philharmonia Orchestra/Nicola Rescigno

Un ballo in maschera: Zitti...Re del abisso: Zitti... l'incanto... Re dell'abisso
by Fiorenza Cossotto/Girls from the Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree/Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Un ball in maschera: Ecco l'orrido campo: Ecco l'orrido campo ... Ma dall'arido stelo
by Martina Arroyo/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Don Carlo: O don fatale
by Elena Obraztsova/Philharmonia Orchestra/Robin Stapleton

La forza del destino, Act 4 Scene 6: No. 17, Melodia, "Pace, pace, mio Dio!" (Leonora)
Mirelli Freni/La Scala, Milan/Riccardo Muti

Aïda, Act 1 Scene 1: Scene and Aria, "Ritorna Vincitor … I sacri nomi di padre" (Aida)
by Maria Callas/Nicola Rescigno/Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire

Aida: Qui Radamès verrà...O patria mia
by Montserrat Caballé/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Otello, Act 4: "Ave Maria, piena di grazia" (Desdemona)
by Katia Ricciarelli/La Scala, Milan/Lorin Maazel

CD 3:
La Forza del Destino - Overture
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lamberto Gardelli

La traviata - Prelude Act 1
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato

Nabucco - Overture
Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Macbeth - Ballet Music
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Aida - Prelude Act 1
Philharmonia Orchestra, Tullio Serafin

Aida - Ballet Music
Philharmonia Orchestra/Riccardo Muti

Il trovatore, Act 2 Scene 1: No. 4, Coro, "Vedi! Le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorusi)
by Coro Del Teatro Dell'Opera, Roma/Gianni Lazzari/Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera, Roma/Thomas Schippers

Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi
by Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Riccardo Muti

Nabucco, Act 3 Scene 4: No. 11a, Coro, "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate" (Chorus)
by Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano/Riccardo Muti

Rigoletto [Act I] : Zitti, zitti
by Francesco Molinari Pradelli/Coro del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma/Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera, Roma

La Traviata, Act 2: "Noi siamo zingarelle" (Chorus, Flora, Marchese)
John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato

La Traviata, Act 2: "Di Madride noi siam mattadori" John Alldis Choir/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Aldo Ceccato

I Vespri Siciliani, Act V: Si celebri alfine tra canti, tra fior
by Chorus of Welsh National Opera/Sir Richard Armstrong

Don Carlo, Act 3 Scene 2: No. 13, Gran Finale, "Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza"
Ambrosian Opera Chorus/John McCarthy/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Carlo Maria Giulini

Messa da Requiem Sequenza:: Dies irae
/New Philharmonia Chorus/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli

Messa da Requiem: Sanctus
by Jon Vickers/New Philharmonia Chorus/New Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir John Barbirolli

Aida: Gloria all' Egitto (Act II)
by Chorus Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Lamberto Gardelli