Verdi, Giuseppe, Part II

October 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Join us for the second part of our two-week series featuring Verdi with more of his operas and other works, both iconic and underappreciated. Verdi takes on Italian painters, Egyptian princesses, and composes perhaps the grandest requiem ever written. Rumor has it that at Verdi’s funeral a hundred thousand voices rose in song as Toscanini conducted the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from his opera Nabucco.

Playlist

Episode 1

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo (excerpts)
Royal Opera House/Giulini; Plácido Domingo, ten.; Montserrat Caballé, s.; soloists
EMI 66850
1:17, 17:04, 11:22

Verdi: “Se Quel Guerrier Io fossi!…Celeste Aida” fr. Aida, Act I
Orchestra dell’ Opera di Parma/Morandi; Kauffman, ten.
Sony 49204
4:43

Verdi: Aida (excerpts)
Rome Opera House Orchestra & Chorus/Solti; Vickers, ten.; Price, sop.; soloists
Decca 417416
:34, 5:06, 9:41

Episode 2

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Da Requiem: Requiem & Kyrie
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini; Herva Nelli, s.; Fedora Barbieri, ms; Giuseppe Di Stefano, t.; Cesare Siepi, b.
RCA 72373
7:46

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Dies Irae
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t. Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
38:35, 2:14

Episode 3

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Offertorio, Sanctus, Angus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Libera Me
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t.; Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
41:12, 3:39

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor, III & IV
Quartetto Italiano (Paolo Borciani & Elisa Pegreffi, v.; Lionello Forzanti, vla.; Franco Rossi, vc.)
Amadeus- Quartetto Italiano, The Early Recordings
7:09

Episode 4

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello: Act I, II & IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti
CSO Resound 9011301
8:02, 12:18, 5:12, 5:12, 2:36, 16:26

Episode 5

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello- Act IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti; soloists
CSO Resound 9011303
15:19

Verdi: Falstaff- Act I (excerpts), Act III (excerpts)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Radio Chorus/Solti; Van Dam, bs. bar.; soloists
Lon 440650
9:18, 15:43, 7:36

Verdi: “Quand’ero paggio” fr. Falstaff (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Alberto Erede; Tito Gobbi, bar.
EMI 67162
1:32