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Verdi: Don Carlo / Muti, Pavarotti, Dessi, Ramey, Coni


Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 58631   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Paolo ConiSamuel RameyAlexander AnisimovAndrea Silvestrelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording has been well reviewed in Fanfare before: the CD version in issue 17:6, the DVD in issue 28:2. I see no reason to upset accepted wisdom with regard to the opinions already expressed. The four-act version of the opera receives imposing and sympathetic treatment under Muti’s baton, even if he is apt to choose brisk tempos. The Teatro alla Scala forces play and sing with character and care for him. The sound quality for a live recording is clear and well balanced, for the most part.

Luciano Pavarotti as Don Carlo makes what he can of Verdi’s shortest part for a star tenor, noticeably of mature voice though still one able to produce rich tone when required. Samuel Ramey turns in a credible performance as the
Read more tortured King Philip II. His reflection at the start of act III is one of the high points of the recording, as is the ensuing confrontation with Alexander Anisimov’s Grande Inquisitore, who gives ample sense of being the true power behind the throne. These scenes carry real drama about them, as does the justly famous Auto-da-fé. All are aided immeasurably by Muti’s dramatic sense of pacing.

Coni’s Rodrigo is adequate, but he fares better than either of his female colleagues. Daniela Dessi, as Elisabetta, desperately tries to carry off a role that is beyond her means in terms of vocal size. This does neither the role nor the artist any real justice. Luciana D’Intino’s Eboli summons power and urgency on occasion, but on the whole, she seems happier in the role’s more relaxed passages. Other smaller roles are generally well sung.

The reissue is pitched at midprice, and given this, it can be recommended. The packaging is a slim-line cardboard box with the discs in paper sleeve inserts. Supporting documentation lacks a libretto and translation, but does include useful notes on the work, a synopsis, and photographs of the major artists in their roles. The full libretto and translation can be downloaded from the EMI Web site. For my money though, Karajan’s EMI Berlin recording featuring Carreras, Freni, Ghiaurov, and Baltsa still provides significant competition in this price bracket—assuming that one is prepared to accept Karajan’s very individual tempo choices.

FANFARE: Evan Dickerson
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Works on This Recording

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Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Paolo Coni (Baritone), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Alexander Anisimov (Bass),
Andrea Silvestrelli (Bass), Marilena Laurenza (Soprano), Orfeo Zanetti (Tenor),
Mario Bolognesi (Baritone), Giacomo Prestia (Baritone), Aldo Bramante (Baritone),
Nuccia Focile (Soprano), Luciana D'Intino (Soprano), Daniela Dessi (Soprano),
Silvestro Sammaritano (Baritone), Giorgio Giuseppini (Baritone), Enrico Turco (Baritone),
Ernesto Panariello (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 12/1992 
Venue:  Live  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 176 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Ver: 1884 (four acts)
Arranger: Giuseppe Verdi.
Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 

Sound Samples

Don Carlo, Act I: Carlo il sommo (Coro di Frati/Un frate)
Don Carlo, Act I: Io l'ho perduta
Don Carlo, Act I: Io la vidi (Carlo)
Don Carlo, Act I: Io duolo della terra (Un frate/Carlo)
Don Carlo, Act I: E lui! ..desso!
Don Carlo, Act I: Questo arcano dal Re (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo, Act I: Dio che nell'alma (Carlo/Rodrigo/Coro di Frati/Un frate)
Don Carlo, Act I: Sotto ai folti (Coro di Dame/Tebaldo)
Don Carlo, Act I: Tra questa mura pie
Don Carlo (1884 4 Act Version), ACT 1: Nei giardin del bello (Eboli/Tebaldo/Coro di Dame)
Don Carlo, Act I: La Regina! (Coro di Donne [Dame]/Eboli/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Rodrigo)
Don Carlo, Act I: Che mai si fa nel francese
Don Carlo, Act I: Carlo ch'è sol il nostro amore (Eboli/Rodirgo/Elisabetta)
Don Carlo, Act I: Io vengo a domandar
Don Carlo, Act I: Perduto ben, mio sol tesor
Don Carlo, Act I: Oh Carlo! (Carlo/Elisabetta)
Don Carlo, Act I: Il Re! / Perché sola è la Regina? (Tebaldo/Filippo/Coro)
Don Carlo, Act I: Non pianger, mia compagna (Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Filippo/Coro)
Don Carlo, Act I: Restate!...Presso alla mia persona
Don Carlo, Act I: O signor, di Fiandra arrivo
Don Carlo, Act I: Quest'è la pace ceh voi date al mondo?
Don Carlo, Act I: Osò lo sguardo to penetrar il mio soglio (Filippo/Rodrigo)
Don Carlo, Act II: Preludio (Orchestra)
Don Carlo, Act II: A mezza-notte, ai giardin della Regina (Carlo/Eboli)
Don Carlo, Act II: V'è ignoto forse, ignoto ancora
Don Carlo, Act II: Al mio furor sfuggite invano
Don Carlo, Act II: Ed io che tremava al suo aspetto!
Don Carlo, Act II: Trema per te, falso figliulo (Eboli/Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo, Act II: Carlo! se mai su te fogli importanti serbi (Rodrigo/Carlo)
Don Carlo, Act II: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Coro/Coro di Frati)
Don Carlo, Act II: CORTEO REALE: Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza (Coro)
Don Carlo, Act II: Schiusa or sia la porta del tempio! (L'araldo reale/Coro)
Don Carlo, Act II: Nel posar sul mio capo la corona (Filippo/Coro/Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Carlo/Deputati)
Don Carlo, Act II: No, l'ora estrema...(Deputati/Filippo/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Carlo/Rodrigo/Frati/Coro)
Don Carlo, Act II: Sire, egli è tempo ch'io viva (Carlo/Filippo/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Rodrigo/Frati/Coro)
Don Carlo, Act II: O ciel!Tu!Rodrigo! (Carlo/Coro/Elisabetta/Filippo/Frati/Una voce dal cielo/Deputati)

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