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Viva Verdi!


Release Date: 04/24/2001 
Label:  Preiser Records   Catalog #: 89223   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nazzareno de AngelisFerruccio TagliaviniIna SouezRiccardo Stracciari,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

According to Toscanini the key to the authentic Verdi interpretation lies in the choice of the right tempi. He strictly followed the metronome marks indicated by the composer and tried to find the right measure, the right "breath" between those and the many little accelerations and retardations. If in some cases he was not absolutely sure, he would ask Verdi. On one of those occasions Toscanini was playing for the maestro on the piano. He took a certain passage in a much broader pace than was indicated in the score and was congratulated spontaneously by the venerable composer. Toscanini turned to Verdi and said: "Maestro, you don't know, how many times I have asked myself, why you have not written the rallentando here." "If I had actually Read more written it down," Verdi smiled, "a bad musician would exaggerate it. A good musician, however, will feel it and play it accordingly, as you have done, without it being expressly marked." It was a lesson, as Toscanini recalled, which he would remember for the rest of his life. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Nabucco: Vieni, o Levita...Tu sul labbro by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nazzareno de Angelis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
2. I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ferruccio Tagliavini (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Language: Italian 
3. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ina Souez (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1936 
Language: Italian 
4. Ernani: O sommo Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
5. Attila: Te sol quest' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor), Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano), Ezio Pinza (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
6. Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1916 
Language: Italian 
7. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vera Terry (Soprano), Margherita Grandi (Soprano), Ernest Frank (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1948 
Language: Italian 
8. Luisa Miller: Il mio sangue, la vita darei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tancredi Pasero (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1942 
Language: Italian 
9. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Schipa (Tenor)
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
10. Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927-28 
Language: Italian 
11. Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor), Louise Homer (Mezzo Soprano), Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano),
Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
12. Il trovatore: Stride la vampa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Irene Minghini-Cattaneo (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
13. Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1938 
Language: Italian 
14. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Taccani (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
15. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1923 
Language: Italian 
16. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Magda Olivero (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1940 
Language: Italian 
17. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1947 
Language: Italian 
18. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Claudia Muzio (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1935 
Language: Italian 
19. I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
20. I vespri siciliani: Arrigo! ah, parli a un core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ester Mazzoleni (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1909 
Language: Italian 
21. Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1931 
Language: Italian 
22. Un ballo in maschera: E scherzo od è follia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alessandro Bonci (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
23. Un ballo in maschera: Ma dall' arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hina Spani (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Language: Italian 
24. La forza del destino: Madre, pietosa Vergine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gina Cigna (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 
25. La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Aureliano Pertile (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
26. La forza del destino: Io muoio! Confessione! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano), Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
27. Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Antonio Scotti (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1912 
Language: Italian 
28. Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1949 
Language: Italian 
29. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano)
Date of Recording: 1940 
Language: Italian 
30. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1926 
Language: Italian 
31. Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Language: Italian 
32. Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giovanni Zenatello (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1909 
Language: Italian 
33. Otello: Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mario Basiola (Baritone), Giacomo Lauri-Volpi (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1941 
Language: Italian 
34. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1930 
Language: Italian 
35. Falstaff: L'onore! Ladri! "Ford's Monologue" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mariano Stabile (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1924 
Language: Italian 
36. Falstaff: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Toti Dal Monte (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Language: Italian 

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