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Verdi: Aida / Pappano, Harteros, Kaufmann, Schrott

Release Date: 10/02/2015 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 552766   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Erwin SchrottLudovic TézierJonas KaufmannEkaterina Semenchuk,   ... 
Conductor:  Antonio PappanoMaurizio Billi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome ChorusSanta Cecilia Academy Rome OrchestraBanda Musicale della Polizia di Stato
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This would always have been an event, a major (in several senses) studio opera recording. But it's also a performance absolutely worthy of the attention, and a superb addition to the catalogue.

– Gramophone

This magnificent recording of Aida, made in Rome, rises to all the musical and dramatic challenges presented by Verdi’s richly-coloured Egyptian epic. Antonio Pappano, once again proving his mastery of Italian opera, moves between sumptuous grandeur and touching intimacy. The responses of the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia are both immediate and vibrant, while the singers – Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann,
Read more Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ludovic Tézier and Erwin Schrott – do justice to every facet of their roles.

Gramophone Recording of the Month: "A magnificent achievement that gives enormous pleasure...Karajan has the Vienna Philharmonic but it is arguable that Pappano goes one better, with orchestral playing of rare accomplishment from an Italian ensemble which is alive to the opera's every word."

"Close your eyes and imagine the perfect Aida...An incredibly visual rendition of the work - a testament to the importance of studio recordings." -The Times

"Studio recordings of large-scale operas are something of a rarity these days, and this new recording...feels like a very special event. Kaufmann makes his debut in the role of Egyptian general Radamès, Anja Harteros also makes her role debut as the captive Ethiopian princess Aida. Erwin Schrott (as Ramfis), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris) and Marco Spotti (King of Egypt) are among the other singers in a starry cast." -The Guardian

"An ensemble of qualities as impressive as the pyramids of Cairo. We can confirm without hesitation that this is not just an Aida for the present, but an Aida made to last, at the same level as the benchmark recordings of the past." -Diapason

The Sunday Times – Album of the Week “Pappano’s orchestra weave magical sound spells...Unmissable”

BBC Radio 3 “It’s a triumph...The strings of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia melt the heart with their playing in that final scene and the Chorus throughout is as passionately involved as you suspect only an Italian chorus can be”.
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Works on This Recording

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Erwin Schrott (Bass Baritone), Ludovic Tézier (Baritone), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor),
Ekaterina Semenchuk (Mezzo Soprano), Anja Harteros (Soprano)
Conductor:  Antonio Pappano,  Maurizio Billi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Banda Musicale della Polizia di Stato
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/2015 
Venue:  Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco del 
Length: 90 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Stunning March 1, 2016 By Bernard A J. (Kansas City, MO) See All My Reviews "Aida has been an opera that has been served well on recordings, but any that I have heard (even the best) lack something it seems. The combination of Pappano and Kaufmann though is a sure bet this one was going to be something else. Peppano conducts as to the manor born. Kaufmann, who to me is the best tenor of probably any generation, serves up a Radames that also is to the manor born. I was also surprised by Harteros as she is new to me. She sings a beautiful Aida and with all the Aida's out there, she rises to the top or if not the top pretty close to it. A beautiful voice to watch in the future. Even if you have a dozen Aida's, you must hear this one. I would give it 6 stars if I could." Report Abuse
 Exceptional Aida ! December 20, 2015 By JOSEPH ERDELJAC (WEST CHESTER, PA) See All My Reviews "Here we have a recording that is exceptional and over shadows many of the presently existing ones in the catalog. All of the performers and in top vocal health and perform with outstanding dramatic and emotional impact. I bought this for Kaufmann as I did not know all of the other singers and was overjoyed to hear such wonderful singing and interpretation of the characters from each and every performer. This is one that should be added to your collection no matter how many other AIDA's you may have. I have long been a fan of this opera but have never heard Radames sung with such a presence and nuance of vocal ability. Kaufmann is truly exceptional at every moment and the opening aria Celeste Aida will take your breath away !" Report Abuse
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