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Verdi: La Forza Del Destino Highlights / Sinopoli, Plowright, Baltsa

Plowright, Baltsa, Carreras, Sinopoli
Release Date: 05/13/2010 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 423148   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José CarrerasRosalind PlowrightJean RigbyRichard Van Allan,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight, while Agnes Baltsa as Preziosilla gives a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.

...[S]trongly cast in the principal roles, scrupulously and imaginatively cast in the many important comprimario roles, [and] directed and produced with so unerring a sense of the work's essential character. "What we knew of this opera from the old days", wrote John Steane in his July "Quarterly Retrospect", "the big solos, the duets and set-pieces, is a distortion of its identity: over a large canvas, strange in its seeming irrelevancies, its capricious jollities, figures flare into the darkness, like the
Read more stoical advance of Goya's Pilgrimage to San Isidro towards the implacable hostility of Fate". It is well said, and as JBS rightly avers, it is Sinopoli's achievement that he gives us this, as well as sympathetically nursing a strong cast and drawing some glorious playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight; and though it is the sum of this set's parts which is the thing, it would be remiss of anyone not to mention Agnes Baltsa's Preziosilla, a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.

-- Gramophone [10/1987, reviewing the complete Sinopoli Forza]

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Of existing modern recordings of this fascinating work,...I...have a liking for Sinopoli (DG) with Plowright, Carreras, Bruson and Burchuladze and with Agnes Baltsa the best Preziosilla anywhere.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2. La forza del destino: Ah! per sempre, o mio bell' angiol by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice), Rosalind Plowright (Voice), Jean Rigby (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3. La forza del destino: Padre Eterno Signor...Pietà di noi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Van Allan (Voice), Agnes Baltsa (Voice), Mark [Tenor Vocal] Curtis (Voice),
Renato Bruson (Voice), Rosalind Plowright (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4. La forza del destino: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
5. La forza del destino: La vita è inferno all'infelice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Written: 1862, rev 1969 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
6. La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
7. La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice), Renato Bruson (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
8. La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9. La forza del destino: E salvo! Oh gioia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
10. La forza del destino: Don Carlo, amico, il fremito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice), Renato Bruson (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
11. La forza del destino: Lorché pifferi e tamburi...Venite all'indovina by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
12. La forza del destino: Rataplan, della gloria pel soldato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Agnes Baltsa (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
13. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosalind Plowright (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14. La forza del destino: Io muoio! Confessione! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Voice), Renato Bruson (Voice), Rosalind Plowright (Voice),
Paata Burchuladze (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
15. La forza del destino: Non imprecare, umiliati by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Voice), Rosalind Plowright (Voice), José Carreras (Voice),
Paata Burchuladze (Voice)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 

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