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Verdi Discoveries - Chailly, Thibaudet, Verdi Orchestra


Release Date: 09/09/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000109002   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alessandro PotenzaJean-Yves ThibaudetGianluigi PetraruloAndrea Magnani,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 21 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It's always exciting to see such high profile premieres of new works, with the record company pulling out the full-on starpower of the likes of Riccardo Chailly and Jean-Yves Thibaudet. It's even more fun when the works are by a high-stature composer whose oeuvre has been thoroughly examined from all angles and whose recent output has been disappointingly limited over recent years, largely the result of his being, well, dead for over a century. Largely the result of the work of musicologists Dino Rizzo and Pietro Spada, Verdi Discoveries has added four unusual new works to the largely operatic Verdi discography: two concertino-like sets of variations for solo instrument and orchestra, a spurious (that doesn't sound good... let's try Read more "attributed") prelude to the opera Otello, and a zippy little Sinfonia that sounds an awful lot like Rossini, the giant on whose shoulders Verdi would come to stand, but in whose shadow he was most certainly laboring.

The works all date from the years immediately following Verdi's student days, when the twenty-something composer was trying, with little success, to prove himself as a composer to be published. They are, however, more than sophomore attempts. At over twenty minutes, the Variations for Piano and Orchestra on a tune called "Caro Suono Lusinghiero" are the main course. They're spunky, even a little churlish, gutsily handled by Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Another set of variations, this time for oboe and orchestra on a contemporary tune of equal desuetude show a little more humor. Except for the oboist, Alessandro Potenza, that is, who is put through six minutes of scales and arabesques that can only be described as frenetic, but fun. The album is rounded out with a sprinkling of other curiosities from the mature Verdi, handsomely crafted by Chailly. Did Giovanni miss his calling? Most certainly not. If he had written nothing but Traviata and Rigoletto that would have been enough to justify his place in music history. But is it a kick to hear a couple of musical meanderings? You bet.

-- David Simmons, WQXR
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia in C Major by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
2.
Introduzione, Andante, Theme and Variations for Oboe and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alessandro Potenza (Oboe)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3.
Variazioni on "Caro Suono Lusinghiero" for Piano and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet (Piano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Notes: Arranged: Fortunato Ortombina and Riccardo Chailly 
4.
Adagio for Trumpet and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gianluigi Petrarulo (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
5.
Simon Boccanegra: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
6.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Notes: Ver: 1869 
7.
Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Andrea Magnani (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
8.
Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
9.
I lombardi: Act 3, Scene 3 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luca Santaniello (Violin)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
10.
Otello: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 

Featured Sound Samples

Sinfonia In C
La forza del destino (1862 version): Prelude
Adagio for Trumpet and Orchestra
Simon Boccanegra (1857 version): Prelude
Capriccio for Bassoon and Orchestra

Sound Samples

Sinfonia in C
Variazioni for piano & orchestra on "Caro Suono Lusinghiero" from "Tebaldo ed Isoline" by Morlacchi
La forza del destino - St. Petersburg version 1862: Preludio
Adagio For Trumpet & Orchestra
Aida - 1872 Version: Sinfonia
Canto di Virginia with variations for oboe & orchestra
Otello, Preludio
I Lombardi / Act 3: Preludio
Simon Boccanegra - Original Version, 1857: Preludio
Capriccio for bassoon & orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Interesting Collection June 6, 2014 By William Muthig (Milan, OH) See All My Reviews "This CD provides an interesting collection of works attributed to Verdi. Among the four world premiere recordings, the Sinfonia in C and the Prelude to Otello were the most intriguing. The booklet included with the CD is very helpful in establishing the provenance of the works. This would be a good purchase for fans of Verdi." Report Abuse
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