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Verdi: Complete Preludes, Overtures & Ballet Music


Release Date: 11/22/2005 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10343   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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"[T]hese performances from an experienced British operatic stalwart have dignity . . ., panache, and splendidly colourful orchestral playing, including real string virtuosity, using the widest range of dynamic. . . . Some of the shorter preludes are full of atmosphere. The brief Macbeth Prelude is particularly potent and the ballet music is both dramatic and rumbustious while I Masnadieri closes with a swooning cello solo (very nicely played here). . . ." -- Ivan March, Gramophone [on Vol 1]

"This treasure-trove is a comprehensive survey of all the purely orchestral music from Verdi’s operas… Edward Downes who conducts with passion and power, shows himself once
Read more again to be one of his country’s leading Verdians." -- The Times
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Works on This Recording

1. Oberto: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 
2. Un giorno di regno: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
3. Nabucco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
4. Ernani: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
5. I due Foscari: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
6. Giovanna d'Arco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
7. Alzira: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
8. Attila: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
9. Macbeth: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
10. Macbeth: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
11. I masnadieri: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
12. Il corsaro: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Italy 
13. La battaglia di Legnano: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
14. Jérusalem: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
15. Jérusalem: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
16. Luisa Miller: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
17. Stiffelio: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Italy 
18. Rigoletto: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
19. Il trovatore: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
20. La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
21. La traviata: Act 3 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
22. I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
23. I vespri siciliani: Ballet Music "The Four Seasons" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
24. Simon Boccanegra: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
25. Un ballo in maschera: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
26. Don Carlos: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
27. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
28. Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Notes: Version: 1872 
29. Aida: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
30. Otello: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
31. Don Carlos: Act 2 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Notes: Version: 1883 
32. Aida: Dance of the Priestesses by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
33. Aida: Dance of the Moorish Slaves by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 

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