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Verdi Per Due / Alagna, Gheorghiu, Abbado, Berlin Po


Release Date: 11/03/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 5566562   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuRoberto AlagnaLudwig QuandtRodney Gibson,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is no ordinary vocal collection. Giuseppe Verdi wrote twenty six operas, all on a high plane of achievement which got higher as he got older. As they are all stories of love, of course, duets between tenors and sopranos are central to them. VERDI PER DUE ambitiously attempts a survey of these duets and succeeds rather sensationally, for in addition to a generous program it offers a great pair of singers, lyric tenor Roberto Alagna, in fine form, with his real-life paramour Angela Gheorghiu, who may be the finest Verdi soprano of her day.
The selections span forty-four years of Verdi's career, from 'I lombardi' of 1843 to 'Otello,' his next-to-last opera, written in 1887. The singing of Gheorghiu and Alagna is remarkable, hers
Read more extraordinarily graceful, with glowing tone, his confident, virile yet sensitive. They blend beautifully, their emotive interaction, especially the ability to find delicate shadings together in softer passages is breathtaking. The Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado, a great Verdian in his own right, provide the fitting accompaniment to this superb recital. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Don Carlos: Vago sogno m'arrise!...Ma lassù ci vedremo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E dessa!..." 
2.
I lombardi: O belle a quest misera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection continues with "All'armi!...Che ascolto!" 
3.
Simon Boccanegra: Cielo di stelle orbato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection continues with "Vieni a mirar la cerula". 
4.
Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Ludwig Quandt (Cello)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
I vespri siciliani: Pensando a me!...E dolce raggio celeste by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Rigoletto: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi...Addio, addio, speranza by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Rodney Gibson (Baritone),
Sara Mingardo (Mezzo Soprano), Brian Parsons (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Aida: La fatal pietra...O terra, addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Sara Mingardo (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
I masnadieri: Qual mare, qual terra...Lassu, lassu by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Voices
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/1998 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Don Carlos: E dessa!...Un detto, un sol...
Don Carlos: Ma lassù ci vedremo (Elisabetta/Carlo - Act V)
I lombardi: Oh belle, a questa misera...
I lombardi: All'armi!...Che ascolto! (Crociati/Oronte/Giselda - Act III)
Simon Boccanegra: Cielo di stelle orbato...
Simon Boccanegra: Vieni a mirar la cerula (Amelia/Gabriele - Act I)
Otello: Già nella notte densa (Otello/Desdemona - Act I)
I vespri siciliani: Pensando a me!...E dolce raggio celeste dono (Arrigo/Elena - Act IV)
Rigoletto: Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi...
Rigoletto: E il sol dell'anima...
Rigoletto: Che m'ami, deh, ripetimi...
Rigoletto: Addio!, speranza ed anima (Giovanna/Gilda/Duca/Ceprano/Borsa - Act I)
Aida: La fata pietra sovra me si chiuse...Immenso Fthà...
Aida: O terra, addio (Radames/Aida/Sacerdoti e Sacerdotesse/Amneris - Act IV Finale)
I masnadieri: Qual mare, qual terra da me t'ha diviso...
I masnadieri: Qui nel bosco? solinga? smarrita?...
I masnadieri: Lassù, risplendere più lieta e bella (Amalia/Carlo - Act III)
Il trovatore: Miserere...Quel suon, quelle preci (Fraty/Leonora/Manrico - Act IV)
La traviata: Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (Alfredo/Tutti/Violetta - Act I)

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