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Grand Tier - Verdi: Don Carlo / Stein, Corelli, Janowitz

Release Date: 11/14/2006 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 7034   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Eberhard WächterMartti TalvelaTugomir FrancJudith Blegen,   ... 
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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 Read more 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

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Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  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)
Conductor:  Horst Stein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 10/25/1970 
Venue:  Live  State Opera House, Vienna, Austria 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 

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