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Unpublished Verdi - Credo, Capriccio, Etc / Pedretti, Et Al


Release Date: 02/25/2003 
Label:  Arts Music   Catalog #: 47574   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio AbeteFausto TenziRino VernizziAlberto Negroni
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di BussettoG. Verdi di Bussetto Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

2001 was always going to bring a plethora of new Verdi recordings (the 100th anniversary of his death, after all), and it's good to see that some labels, particularly the smaller ones, seem keen to plug gaps in the discography rather than tout endless new recordings and reissues of the operas alone. This release from Arts Music is one such, bringing together strongly idiomatic performances of some either completely forgotten or recently exhumed works (alongside one or two more of questionable attribution) on an excellently recorded CD.

Fausto Pedretti directs choral and orchestral forces of the Giuseppe Verdi Theatre, Busetto. Incidentally, Verdi was outraged to learn that the civic authorities of this provincial Italian town,
Read more with which he was associated for most of his life, had named the theatre after him. He also served as the town's musical director, and as such conducted the ancestor of the orchestra heard here.

Its sound is quite magically captured in this superbly balanced and natural recording. The opening Credo for three male voices and orchestra (attributed to Verdi), which received its modern revival as recently as October 1993, is a fascinating piece of juvenilia, and very well sung here. Verdi's supposed authorship of the Capriccio for bassoon and orchestra isn't fully substantiated, but this catchy, tuneful work seems to carry many of the hallmarks of his early instrumental style. The Introduction, Andante, and Theme with Variations is definitely not Verdi's work, but an orchestration of an oboe piece by Giacomo Mori based on a theme from Bellini's "La Straniera". The rest, three transcriptions for wind ensemble from three little known Verdi operas, is as bewitchingly played as the music is frankly inconsequential, but throughout these accounts are so stylish as to be irresistible. Fascinating insights, then, into Verdi's pathway to creative maturity, winning performances, and a recording of exceptional fidelity and purity. Recommended.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Credo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio Abete (Bass), Fausto Tenzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto,  G. Verdi di Bussetto Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rino Vernizzi (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3.
Introduzione, Andante, Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alberto Negroni (Oboe)
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 17 Minutes 20 Secs. 
4.
Un giorno di regno: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Attila: Cavatina by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2002 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Attila: Scena, Romanza and Terzetto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fausto Pedretti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra G. Verdi di Bussetto
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/2000 
Venue:  Teatro Girolamo Magnani, Fidenza, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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