Notes and Editorial Reviews
With its odd, brilliant mixture of interpersonal and political relationships, Don Carlos is a very hard opera to put across, and this 1970 Vienna performance of the four-act version is partially successful. Franco Corelli never recorded the role of Carlos commercially so this is instantly valuable; and indeed the tenor is in magnificent voice–pungent, emotionally forward, thrilling, and only occasionally sloppy. His Elisabetta is Gundula Janowitz, hardly a Verdi soprano, but she makes some very beautiful sounds nonetheless even if she never quite wins us over the way Tebaldi or Caballé do. Eberhard Waechter is surprisingly Italianate as Posa and Shirley Verrett almost walks away with the whole show with her fiery Eboli. Nicolai
Ghiaurov is at his grandest as poor Philip II, and his scene with the terrifying Grand Inquisitor of Martti Talvela will take your breath away. Horst Stein leads a not-always-tidy but exciting reading. Perhaps this isn’t anyone’s only Don Carlos, but it’s a very interesting one nonetheless.
-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Review of earlier release of this recording, Opera d'Oro 1131
Works on This Recording
Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Eberhard Wächter (Baritone),
Martti Talvela (Bass),
Tugomir Franc (Bass),
Judith Blegen (Soprano),
Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Edita Gruberova (Soprano),
Franco Corelli (Tenor),
Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Ewald Aichberger (Tenor)
Vienna State Opera Chorus,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Date of Recording: 10/25/1970
Venue: Live State Opera House, Vienna, Austria
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884).
Don Carlo: Act One: Carlo il sommo imperatore
Don Carlo: Act One: Io l'ho perduta!
Don Carlo: Act One: È lui! Desso! L'Infante!
Don Carlo: Act One: Dio che nell'alma infondere
Don Carlo: Act One: Sotto ai folti, immensi abeti
Don Carlo: Act One: La Regina!
Don Carlo: Act One: Io vengo a domandar grazia alla mia Regina
Don Carlo: Act One: Il Re!
Don Carlo: Act One: Restate!
Don Carlo: Act One: Oh strano sognator!
Don Carlo: Act Two: A mezzanotte ai giardini della Regina
Don Carlo: Act Two: Ciel! Non è la Regina!
Don Carlo: Act Two: Ed io, che tremava al sou aspetto!
Don Carlo: Act Two: Spuntato ecco el di d'esultanza
Don Carlo: Act Two: Nel posar sul mio capo
Don Carlo: Act Two: Sire! Egli è tempo ch'io viva!
Don Carlo: Act Three: Ella giammai m'amò!...
Don Carlo: Act Three: Il Grande Inquisitor!
Don Carlo: Act Three: Giustizia, giustizia, Sire!
Don Carlo: Act Three: Ah! sii maledetto sospetto fatale
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