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Verdi: Ernani / Ozawa, Shicoff, Crider, Alvarez, Scandiuzzi

Release Date: 01/28/2014 
Label:  Orfeo   Catalog #: 861132   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlos AlvarezNeil SchicoffMichele CriderRoberto Scandiuzzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The first 'Ernani' at the Vienna State Opera for more than 70 years was Seiji Ozawa’s first and only Verdi première in Vienna. It boasted an ideal cast, from the demanding leading role downwards, that would be hard to emulate today.

Given the immense vocal demands it makes, a successful performance of 'Ernani' needs an exceptional quartet of singers and a brilliant conductor, all of which were present on the opening night in 1998. Seiji Ozawa, later to be appointed Music Director, inspired a precision and impulsiveness all too rare in this repertoire. Neil Shicoff was unparalleled in the title role dispalying both brilliance and subtlety; Michèle Crider, achieved the well-nigh impossible, balancing both vocal
Read more dexterity and dramatic heft. While they might have been unlucky in her love, the two rivals for her favour matched her vocal prowess: Carlos Alvarez' fresh, full-sounding baritone offered the greatest vocal elegance and sophistication; the merciless Silva was sung by Roberto Scandiuzzi with all the necessary gloom, nay venom, in his bass voice. These ideal conditions allowed the big set pieces, a particular delight in 'Ernani', to unfold to great effect, making the comparative rarity of performances all the more incomprehensible.
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Works on This Recording

Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlos Alvarez (Baritone), Neil Schicoff (Tenor), Michele Crider (Soprano),
Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass), Benedikt Kobel (Tenor), Ayk Martirossian (Baritone)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 

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