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Verdi: Attila / Gardelli, Raimondi, Bergonzi, Milnes

Release Date: 09/19/1989 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426115   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero RaimondiSherrill MilnesRiccardo CassinelliCarlo Bergonzi,   ... 
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraAmbrosian SingersFinchley Children's Music Group
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes full libretto.


One of the earliest of Philips's Verdi 'collection', this set is to be welcomed in its CD format as it represents the very best aspects of the series. Gardelli has an innate feeling for the merits of early Verdi, never presses the music too hard, and makes the very most of this score's many vivid and exciting passages. Its libretto is weak, but that hardly matters when listening to the basic energy of Verdi's music for all his principals. Though not all sing with the fine combination of fervour and style shown by Bergonzi as the knight Foresto, none is less than satisfying. Raimondi wants some of the weight and vigour needed for the rough, vicious Attila, but he characterizes the
Read more tyrant well enough. Milnes is a rugged, lively Ezio, but his tone is sometimes less than ideally focused. Deutekom's range of expression as Odabella is limited, but she is splendid in her big scene in the Prologue and finds the gentle manner for her First Act cavatina.

The Ambrosians and the RPO are well in the picture. The recording, nicely balanced and with a few 'clistancings' where needed, has stood the test of 17 years.

-- Gramophone [3/1990]
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Works on This Recording

Attila by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Riccardo Cassinelli (Tenor),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Jules Bastin (Bass), Cristina Deutekom (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Finchley Children's Music Group
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1972 
Venue:  Wembly Town Hall, London 
Length: 105 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Attila: Overture
Attila / Prologue: "Urli, rapine"
Attila / Prologue: "Eroi, levatevi"
Attila / Prologue: "Di vergini straniere"
Attila / Prologue: "Santo di patria indefinito amor!"
Attila / Prologue: "Allor che i forti corrono"
Attila / Prologue: "Da te questo or m'č concesso"
Attila / Prologue: "Uldino, a me dinanzi l'inviato"
Attila / Prologue: "Attila! - Oh, il nobil messo!"
Attila / Act 2: "Del ciel l'immensa volta"
Attila / Prologue: "Tardo per gli anni, e tremulo"
Attila / Prologue: "Vanitosi!"
Attila / Act 2: "Ezio, ben vieni!"
Attila / Prologue: "Qual notte!"
Attila / Act 2: "Chi dona luce al cor?..."
Attila / Prologue: "L'alito del mattin - Preghiam!"
Attila / Act 2: "Ah! - Lo spirto de' monti
Attila / Act 2: "L'orrenda procella"
Attila / Prologue: "Quai voci!"
Attila / Act 2: "Si riaccendan le quercie"
Attila / Prologue: Ella in poter del barbaro!
Attila / Act 2: "Oh, miei prodi!"
Attila / Prologue: "Cara patria"
Attila / Act 3: "Qui del convegno č il loco"
Attila / Act 1: "Liberamente or piangi"
Attila / Act 1: "Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo"
Attila / Act 3: "Che non avrebbe il misero"
Attila / Act 3: "Che piů s'indugia"
Attila / Act 1: "Qual suon di passi!"
Attila / Act 1: "Sě, quell'io son"
Attila / Act 1: "Va! Racconta al sacrilego"
Attila / Act 1: "Oh, t'inebria nell'amplesso"
Attila / Act 1: "Uldino! Uldin!"
Attila / Act 1: "Mentre gonfiarsi l'anima"
Attila / Act 1: "Oltre a quel limite t'attendo"
Attila / Act 1: "Parla, imponi - Vieni. Le menti visita"
Attila / Act 1: "No!...non č sogno"
Attila / Act 2: "Tregua č cogl'Unni"
Attila / Act 2: "Dagli immortali vertici"
Attila / Act 2: "Chi vien? - Salute ad Ezio"
Attila / Act 2: "E gettata la mia sorte"
Attila / Act 3: "Cessa, deh, cessa"
Attila / Act 3: "Te sol, te sol quest'anima"
Attila / Act 3: "Non involarti, seguimi"
Attila / Act 3: "Tu, rea donna"
Attila / Act 3: "Nella tenda"

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