Verdi, Giuseppe, Part I

October 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

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This week we begin a ten-part series investigating the life and music of Giuseppe Verdi, a towering figure in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th-century opera. We’ll explore the nooks and crannies of Verdi’s repertoire, including a trip to Medieval Spain, Shakespeare’s Scotland, and even France! Despite Verdi being known for his work in opera, an art form intimately connected with language, his music transcends words. To end our first week on Verdi, we will listen to his overtures and as Bill would say, “Man, that boy wrote a lot of music!”

Playlist

Episode 1

Verdi: Il Trovatore; Act III Scene 2 Sevillana  (excerpt)
Bournemouth Symphony/Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19
:44

Verdi: Nabucco; Overture (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Abbado
DG 457627
1:01, 7:29

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (excerpt)
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 419250
:29

Rossini: William Tell; “Resta Immobile” (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Erede; Gobbi, baritone
EMI 63109
1:45

Bellini: La Sonambula; “Ah, non credea mirarti” (excerpt)
Orchestra La Scintilla/Adam Fischer; Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo soprano
Decca 475907-7
2:20

Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor; “Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento” 
Orchestra of the Royal House/Richard Bonynge; Pavarotti, tenor; Milnes, baritone; Sutherland, soprano; Davies, ; Poli, baritone; Davies, bass
Lon 410193
3:46

Verdi: Un Giorno di Regno; Overture
Royal Phil/Lamberto Gardelli
Phil 422429
5:30

Verdi: Nabucco; “Gli Arredi Festivi” 
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
5:10

Verdi: Nabucco; “Va, Pensiero” 
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
4:54

Verdi: Joan of Arc; “O fatidica foresta”
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda; Netrebko, soprano
DG 4791052
2:15

Verdi: I Lombardi: Act III (excerpt)
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini; Mischakoff, violin
RCA 67893
4:40

Verdi: I Lombardi; “O Signore, Dal Tetto Natio” 
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Riccardo Muti
EMI 69846
3:54

Episode 2

Giuseppe Verdi: Giovanna D’Arco; “Qui! Qui!, dove piu s’apre” 
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda; Anna Netrebko, s.
DG 001881810
2:32

Verdi: Ernani – Act 1: Prelude
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 47082
3:39

Verdi: Ernani; “Un Patto! Un Giuramento! Si Ridesti Il Leon Di Castiglia”
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69847
2:11

Verdi: “Ernani! Ernani, Involami”
Philharmonia Of Russia Verdi/ Orbelian; Sondra Radvanovsky, s.
Delos 3404
8:10

Verdi: “Del Ciel Límmensa Volta” fr. Attila
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
8:07

Verdi: Attila; “Chi Dona Luce Al Cor?” “Urli, Rapine”, “Viva Il Re
Delle Mille Foreste”

Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
5:21

Verdi: Macbeth; Prelude to Act I
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra Verdi/Muti
EMI 167452
3:13

Verdi: Macbeth; “Patria Oppressa!” 
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 167452
6:51

Verdi: MacBeth; “Una Macchia È Qui Tuttora…” 
St. Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus/Schippers; Giuseppe
Taddei, Birgit Nilsson, etc.
Lon 433034
6:36

Verdi: MacBeth; “Perfidi! All’anglo contro me v’unite!”
Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciana/Pablo Hera-Casado; Placido Domingo, baritone
Sony 373322
5:18

Verdi: MacBeth- Act lll, Scene 1 Witches Dance
Bournemouth Symphony/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19
2:25, 1:07

Episode 3

Verdi: I Masnadieri, Act III; “Le Rube, Gli Stupri” 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226
2:51

Verdi: Il Corsaro; Overture
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra/Muti
Sony 6237
2:40

Verdi: Luisa Miller; Overture
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine
Sony 48073
5:30

Verdi: Luisa Miller; “Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto” 
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine; Vladimir Chernov, bar.
Sony 7581382
3:00

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act III; “Squilli, Echeggi La Tromba” 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226
2:54

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act I; “Tacea La Notte Placida” 
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Leontyne Price, soprano
RCA 39504
5:35

Verdi: Il Travatore, Act II; “Il balen del suo sorriso” 
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Sherill Milnes, baritone
RCA 39504
3:33

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act III; “Di Quella Pira” 
RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini; Jussi Björling, tenor
RCA 6643
2:05

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act III; “Di quella pira” 
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale/Fiorentino; Luciano Pavarotti, tenor
Lon 430694
3:03

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act III; Scene 2 Sevillana 
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818
4:07

Verdi: l Trovatore; “Stride la vampa!…Mesta è la tua canzon!”
LSO/Bonynge; Horne, mezzo soprano
Lon 417137
5:16

Verdi: Il Trovatore, Act IV, Scene 2; “Ai Nostri Monti…” 
Enrico Caruso, tenor; Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto
Opera d’Oro
4:24

Verdi: Il Trovatore Act II, “Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie” 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226
2:44

Verdi: “D’amor sull’ali rosee” fr. Il Trovatore (excerpt)
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Mehta; Price, soprano
RCA 39504
2:08

Episode 4

Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto; “Questa o quella” 
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra & Chorus/Sinopoli; Neil Shicoff, ten.
Philips 468178
1:44

Verdi: Rigoletto; “Caro Nome – e La…Miratela” 
Orchestra Santa Cecilia/Sinopoli; Edita Gruberová, soprano
Philips 468178
7:16

Verdi: Rigoletto, Act III; “La Donna E Mobile”
Orch; Jussi Björling, tenor
EMI 64707
2:12

Verdi: La Traviata, Act I; Prelude
Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti
EMI Classics 09695
3:51

Verdi: La Traviata, Act I
“Dell’Invito Trascorsa E Gia L’Ora”, “Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici”

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti
Renata Scotto, soprano; Alfredo Krause, tenor
EMI 62503
7:33

Verdi: La Traviata
“Ah, Fors’E Lui”, “Follie! Follie! Delirio Vano E Questo!” and “Sempre Libera” 

Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti
Renata Scotto, soprano.; Alfredo Krause, tenor
EMI 62503
9:55

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata , Act 2: “Di Provenza Il Mar, Il Suol”
Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana/Pablo Heras-Casado; Plácido Domingo, tenor
Sony 373312
4:21

Verdi: La Traviata; “Parigi, O Cara” 
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti
Renata Scotto, soprano; Alfredo Krause, tenor
EMI 62503
4:07

Verdi: La Traviata; Act III, Finale- “Ah, Violetta!” & “Prendi, quest’e l’immagine”
Riccardo: Philhamonia Orchestra/Muti
Renata Scotto, soprano; Alfredo Krause, tenor
EMI 62503
6:09

Episode 5

Giuseppe Verdi:  Il Vespri Siciliani; Overture
Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado
DG 457627
9:26

Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I, “Posa In Pace” 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Solti
London 430226
1:15

Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera, Act II
“Ecco L’Orrido Campo…Ma Dall’Arido Stelo Divulsa”

Philharmonia Of Russia/Constantine Orbelian; Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano
Delos 3404
9:08

Verdi: Canzone: Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I; “Di’ Tu Se Fedele” fr. 
Parma Opera Orchestra/Morandi; Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Sony 549200
3:25

Verdi: La Forza Del Destino; Overture
Milan Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Decca B0081090-02
3:13

Verdi: La Forza Del Destino; “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio”
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Thomas Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
Lon 001742502
5:17

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor: I. Allegro
Quartetto Italiano
Paolo Borciani, Elisa Pegreffi, violins; Lionello Forzanti, viola; Franco Rossi, violoncello
Decca 001806202
7:13