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Verdi: Otello / Schukoff, Foster, Gulbenkian Orchestra


Release Date: 11/17/2017 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186562  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Kevin ShortMelody MooreLester LynchNikolai Schukoff,   ... 
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian ChorusGulbenkian Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The opera Otello by Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito not only represents the outstanding result of an intensely fruitful creative collaboration between composer and librettist, but also one of the most important core works ever in the opera repertoire. With his musical setting of Shakespeare’s play, the composition of which took him several years, Verdi also achieved a new level of quality within the framework of his operatic oeuvre. His path was resolute and consistent, leading him away from structured numbers of arias, recitatives and ensembles, and towards the through-composed, large-scale dramatic form: yet without taking a leaf from Wagner’s book! All this based on an outstandingly crafted literary foundation and a dramatic story, in Read more which three extremely different people – with characters ranging from profoundly evil, madly jealous and distrustful, to enamoured of death – take an emotional roller-coaster ride. A ride ending in death for all three. This drama is supported by music that, especially in the depths of the orchestral scoring, subtly penetrates the psyche of the characters, without ruthlessly dissecting them. Music that, despite its magic of its refined tones, never brushes aside the greatest priority of the Italian opera: the human voice. Read less

Works on This Recording

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Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Kevin Short (Bass Baritone), Melody Moore (Soprano), Lester Lynch (Baritone),
Nikolai Schukoff (Tenor), JunHo You (Tenor), Carlos Cardoso (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Chorus,  Gulbenkian Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 

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