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Verdi: Choruses


Release Date: 06/25/2001 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463655   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There's plenty of impressive swagger here, and you can take consistent vocal excellence (precision of ensemble and superb diction) for granted with this classic compilation of Verdi opera choruses with La Scala forces under Claudio Abbado. Most of the expected favorites are here, including "Va', pensiero" from Nabucco, and "Gloria all'Egitto" from Aida, given (as usual on compilations like this) senza the ballet music, which is a pity. Another undoubted highlight here is "Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza" from Don Carlos, and to complete this vividly engineered collection, there's also the "Dies irae", "Tuba mirum", and "Sanctus" from the Requiem. Further welcome inclusions are Read more extracts from I Lombardi and Un ballo in maschera, with Ernani represented by the one-and-a-half minutes of "Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia".


Principally, this finely produced disc is a warm tribute to La Scala's famous chorus master Romano Gandolfi. As Richard Osborne writes in his booklet notes, "the Abbado-Gandolfi era was one in which the chorus was part and parcel of a finely-honed ensemble, whose sound was more fierce, more elegant, more beautiful--in a phrase, more authentically Verdian--than of any other opera house of the period." On evidence of this recording, it's hard to disagree--and of its kind this certainly is an ideal disc, superbly sung and supported by excellent orchestral playing and recorded sound.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
2.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
3.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
4.
Otello: Fuoco di gioia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
5.
Ernani: Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
6.
Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
7.
Aida: O tu che sei d'Osiride by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
8.
Macbeth: Che faceste? dite su! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
9.
Macbeth: S'allontanarono! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
10.
Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
11.
I lombardi: Gerusalem! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
12.
I lombardi: O Signore, dal tetto natio by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
13.
Don Carlos: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
14.
Un ballo in maschera: Posa in pace by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
15.
Simon Boccanegra: Viva Simon! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
16.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
17.
Requiem Mass: Tuba mirum by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
18.
Requiem Mass: Sanctus by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 

Sound Samples

Nabucco / Act 1: "Gli arredi festivi"
Nabucco / Act 3: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
Otello / Act 1: "Fuoco di gioia!"
Ernani / Part 3: Si ridesti il leon di Castiglia
Aida / Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto"
Aida / Act 3: "O tu che sei d'Osiride ... Vieni d'Iside al tempio"
Macbeth / Act 1: Coro di Streghe: "Che faceste? dite su!"
Macbeth / Act 1: Coro di Streghe: "S'allontanarono!"
Macbeth / Act 4: Patria oppressa!
Il Lombardi alla prima crociata / Atto 3: Gerusalem
Il Lombardi alla prima crociata / Atto 4: O Signore, dal tetto natio
Don Carlo - 1886 Modena version / Act 3: "Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "Posa in pace"
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: "Maria Maria" "Viva Simon"(Paolo, Pietro, Simone, Coro)
Messa da Requiem: 2. Dies irae
Messa da Requiem: 2. Tuba mirum
Messa da Requiem: 4. Sanctus

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