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Les Introuvables Du Chant Verdien


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 74217   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Frieda HempelBoris ChristoffEmilia CorsiMattia Battistini,   ... 
Conductor:  Anatole FistoulariCarlo SabajnoLorenzo MolajoliArgeo Quadri,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 9 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What a treasure trove of Verdiana for this centenary of the composer's death! The "rarities" of the title are twofold--the rarely heard and the excellent. The scope is impressive: eight CDs; almost 10 hours of great singing; 136 tracks dating from 1903-54, many in German, French, or Russian, each one worth hearing. Aside from the listening delights, there's the unintended pleasure all such compilations give: arguing with the choices. Why, for example, include Giuseppe Kaschmann's "O de'verd'anni miei" from Ernani in preference to Mario Ancona's equally rare but far superior account? And why not find room for Meta Senemeyer's hair-raising "Ma dall'arido" from Un Ballo? What's so rare about Eva Turner's or Clara Read more Butt's inferior selections? Do we really need to hear Lola Artôt de Padilla's Traviata yapping like an ill-tempered lapdog? Oddest of all--the 18-minute Germont/Violetta scene from La Traviata with Rolando Panerei and, of all sopranos the least Verdian imaginable, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf.


But compiler Keith Hardwick, who selected and transferred all of these items for a mid-1980s LP set, writes that they reflect his personal choices within the parameters of his assignment. The guidelines: recordings made up to the early 1950s, with a preference for the EMI catalog. So we're confined to Golden Age and Silver Age singers, denied Bronze Age greats like Carlo Bergonzi, Jon Vickers, and Maria Callas and singers of the present Plastic Age whose recordings are, alas, all too common.


While I'm making these minor complaints, I should mention that EMI should have redone the transfers. They're pretty good but not up to the best done by such masters as Ward Marston. Compare, for example, EMI's version of Emmy Destinn's 1916 Trovatore "D'amor sull'alli rosee" with Marston's on Romophone 81002 and you'll find the latter has more presence and more colors in both voice and orchestra. The booklet is bare-bones too: nary a word about the singers, some of whom are quite obscure. On the plus side, selections are organized by opera rather than recording date, so each disc is a highlights disc.


Even seasoned historical buffs will find recordings new to them or long forgotten. I thrilled to such long-unheard tracks as Margherita Grandi's chilling "Una macchia" from Macbeth with Beecham's surprisingly atmospheric conducting, Margarete Klose's Azucena (in German), Frieda Hempel's astonishing trill-laden coloratura in a 1909 "Ernani, involami", Tino Folgar's sweet-voiced 1927 "La donne mobile", and "Caro nome" by both Lydia Lipkowska (in Russian and Maria Ivogun (in German). And Hardwick deserves our thanks for including the lengthy but incomparable Filippo/Rodrigo confrontation scene from Don Carlo, with Boris Christoff and Tito Gobbi.

Familiar favorites abound: Kipnis' "Il lacerato spirito" from Simon Boccanagra, Björling's Trovatore "Di quella pira", Pinza and Ponselle in "La vergine degli Angeli" from La Forza, Anselmi's incomparable "Quando le sere al placido" from Luisa Miller, Destinn's "O patria mia", and Tamagno's "Niun mi tema", a staple of virtually all historical Verdi surveys, along with selections by Caruso, Plancon, Battistini, and others.


An important virtue of such historical compilations is that they allow today's listeners easy access to past singing styles such as the transition from the free bel canto style of pre-World War I singers to the modern text-bound style of recent times. For example, the three versions of "Ah fors' é lui", all from the first decades of the century, are sung with the opening phrase done without the broken, staccato phrasing we've become used to. The rhythmic freedom and elegant phrasing of the earlier singers also is at odds with today's style, and no one today would dare the excesses of what can only be called "variations on 'De' miei bollenti spiriti'" as sung by Fernando de Lucia in 1906. But why waste more words? If you love great singing you need this set. [3/13/2001]
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Frieda Hempel (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1909 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Ernani: Infelice! e tu credevi...Infin che un brando vindice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/06/1951 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Ernani: Vieni, meco, sol di rose by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Emilia Corsi (Soprano), Mattia Battistini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Ernani: O de' verd' anni miei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Kaschmann (Baritone), Salvatore Cottone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1903 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Ernani: O de' verd' anni miei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Benvenuto Franci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/22/1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Ernani: O sommo Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luigi Colazza (Tenor), Emilia Corsi (Soprano), Aristodemo Sillich (Bass)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/30/1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Il trovatore: Deserto sulla terra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Tamagno (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/11/2003 
Venue:  Varese, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
9. Il trovatore: Stride la vampa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Argeo Quadri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 01/14/1949 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Il trovatore: Condotta ell' era in ceppi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Margarete Klose (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1937 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Il trovatore: Perigliarti ancor languente by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Margaret Matzenauer (Mezzo Soprano), Heinrich Knote (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/20/1909 
Venue:  Munich, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
12. Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Pacini (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
13. Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Charles Dalmorès (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/12/2007 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  César Vezzani (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Lauweryns
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/1929 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: French 
15. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nils Grevillius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/15/1939 
Venue:  Stockhlm, Sweden 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Emmy Destinn (Soprano)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/7/1916 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Frida Leider (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
18. Il trovatore: D'amor sull' ali rosee by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Eva Turner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/19/1928 
Venue:  Wesrminster, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19. Il trovatore: Mira, di acerbe lagrime by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Galeffi (Baritone), Giannina Arangi-Lombardi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1928 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20. Il trovatore: Ai nostri monti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor), Cloe Elmo (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/23/1940 
Venue:  Pro Arte Studios, Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21. Macbeth: La luce langue by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Martha Mödl (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Löwlein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/08/1951 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1847).
Composition revised: Italy (1865). 
22. Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Conductor:  Walter Rogers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/23/1916 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23. Macbeth: Una macchia è qui tuttora "Sleepwalking Scene" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vera Terry (Soprano), Ernest Frank (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/16/1948 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfred Piccaver (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1/1912 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dino Borgioli (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26. Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Vito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/24/1950 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27. Rigoletto: Veglia, o donna, questo fiore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Claire Dux (Soprano), Joseph Schwarz (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1919 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
28. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Miguel Villabella (Tenor), Eidé Noréna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Henri Défosse
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odeon Grand Orchestre
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1929 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: French 
29. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lydia Jakovlevna Lipkowska (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/21/1914 
Venue:  Russia 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
30. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Ivogün (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1917 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
31. Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Joseph Schwarz (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1919 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: German 
32. Rigoletto: Povero Rigoletto...Cortigiani, vil razza dannata! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pasquale Amato (Baritone)
Conductor:  Edoardo Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/15/1909 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33. Rigoletto: Tutte le feste al tempio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Olimpia Boronat (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/02/2008 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
34. Rigoletto: Tutte le feste...Piangi, fanciulla by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lotte Schöne (Soprano), Herbert Janssen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Zweig
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/11/1927 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
35. Rigoletto: Si, vendetta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Galvany (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/19/2006 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "No vecchio, t'inganni..." 
36. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/16/1908 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
37. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tino Folgar (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/30/1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
38. Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beniamino Gigli (Tenor), Amelita Galli-Curci (Soprano), Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone),
Louise Homer (Alto)
Conductor:  Giulio Setti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/16/1927 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
39. Rigoletto: Oh mia Gilda, fanciulla by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Titta Ruffo (Baritone), Graziella Pareto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/23/2008 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
40. Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Navarini (Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/5/1907 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
41. Simon Boccanegra: Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alexander Kipnis (Bass)
Conductor:  Erich Orthmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 4/13/1931 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
42. La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lola Artôt de Padilla (Soprano), Björn Talén (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1920 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Language: Italian 
43. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Umberto Mazetti (Piano), Antonina Neshdanova (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1906 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
44. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Marie Kousnietzoff (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1920 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
45. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luisa Tetrazzini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Percy Pitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/11/1911 
Venue:  Hayes 
Length: 7 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
46. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fernando de Lucia (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 9/3/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
47. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/9/1947 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
48. La traviata: Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Harold Craxton (Piano), Nellie Melba (Soprano), John Brownlee (Baritone)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1926 
Venue:  Hayes 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
49. La traviata: Madamigella Valéry?...Pura siccome un'angelo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rolando Panerai (Baritone), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/01/1953 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 18 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
50. La traviata: Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Cebotari (Soprano), Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hanns Steinkopf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1943 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Cha fai? Nulla! Scrivevi!..." 
51. La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Mattia Battistini (Baritone)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/06/1911 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
52. La traviata: Amami, Alfredo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Lilli Lehmann (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1907 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
53. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Claudia Muzio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/6/1935 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
54. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Margherita Carosio (Soprano)
Conductor:  Franco Patanè
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 6/19/1946 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
55. Nabucco: Sperate, o figli...D'Egitto la sui lidi...Come notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nazzareno de Angelis (Bass)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/09/1928 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
56. Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Inez De Frate (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/22/1909 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
57. Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Galeffi (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/1919 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
58. La forza del destino: Me pellegrina ed orfana by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gina Cigna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/14/1929 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
59. La forza del destino: Madre, pietosa Vergine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Celestina Boninsegna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/23/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
60. La forza del destino: Madre, pietosa Vergine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dusolina Giannini (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/17/1928 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Son giunta..." 
61. La forza del destino: Chi può legger by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ivar Andrésen (Bass), Meta Seinemeyer (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/27/1927 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
62. La forza del destino: La Vergine degli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giulio Setti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/21/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
63. La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Francesco Merli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorenzo Molajoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1927 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
64. La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Antonio Scotti (Baritone), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/13/2006 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
65. La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Heinrich Schlusnus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Julius Prüwer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1928 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: German 
66. La forza del destino: Invano, Alvaro...Le menaccie by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Gino Bechi (Baritone), Giacomo Lauri-Volpi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Renato Arduini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/03/1943 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
67. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Salomea Kruszelnicka (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/7/1906 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
68. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Zinka Milanov (Soprano)
Conductor:  Frieder Weissmann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 2/14/1946 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
69. La forza del destino: Non imprecare, umiliati by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ezio Pinza (Bass), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano), Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giulio Setti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1928 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
70. Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giuseppe de Luca (Baritone), Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1921 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
71. Don Carlos: Nel giardin del bello "Veil Song" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Margarethe Arndt-Ober (Mezzo Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/24/1913 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
72. Don Carlos: Restate! Al mio regal cospetto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass), Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1954 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
73. Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Pol Plançon (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/27/1907 
Venue:  Camden, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je dormirai dans mon manteau royal..." 
74. Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/28/1950 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
75. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Frida Leider (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1925 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
76. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Clara Butt (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1915 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
77. Don Carlos: Per me giunto è il dì supremo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Umberto Berrettoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1942 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Convien qui dirci addio..." 
78. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Hertha Stolzenberg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Ignatz Waghalter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1922 
Venue:  Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
79. I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Boris Christoff (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/18/1952 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
80. I vespri siciliani: In braccio alle dovizie by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Riccardo Stracciari (Bass)
Conductor:  Edoardo Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/23/1909 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
81. I vespri siciliani: Giorno di pianto, di fier dolor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Franz Alfred Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 11/12/1932 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: German 
82. I vespri siciliani: Arrigo! ah, parli a un core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ester Mazzoleni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Edoardo Vitale
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/21/1909 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
83. I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosa Raisa (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1921 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
84. Jérusalem: Je veux encore entendre ta voix by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Léonce Escalais (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 03/30/2003 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
85. Jérusalem: Grace, mon Dieu... O jour fatal! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Paul Payen (Bass)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/28/1910 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
86. I lombardi: Qual voluttà trascorrere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano), Ezio Pinza (Bass), Beniamino Gigli (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/31/1930 
Venue:  RCA Victor Studio no 2, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
87. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Paul Franz (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/1/1912 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
88. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Seidler-Winkler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 3/1940 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
89. Aida: O Re, pei sacri Numi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Félia Litvinne (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1905 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
90. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giannina Russ (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/20/1905 
Venue:  Milan, Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment. 
91. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Florence Austral (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Sabajno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 8/29/1927 
Venue:  Queen's Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
92. Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Emmy Destinn (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 5/8/1908 
Venue:  Berlin, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: German 
93. Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Natalia Yushina (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/22/1909 
Venue:  Moscow, Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
94. Aida: Pur ti riveggo...Là tra le foreste vergini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/07/1924 
Venue:  Camden, Arkansas 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
95. Aida: Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leo Slezak (Tenor), Elsa Bland (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/30/2006 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
96. Aida: Già i sacerdoti adunansi...Ah! tu dei vivere! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sabine Kalter (Alto), Richard Tauber (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carl Besl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/30/1923 
Venue:  Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
97. Aida: Ohimè! morir mi sento! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ebe Stignani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 7/17/1946 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
98. Aida: Ohimè! morir mi sento! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sophie Sedlmair (Soprano), Leo Slezak (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1904 
Venue:  Vienna, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection was recorded with piano accompaniment.
This selection begins with "Si pura e bella..." 

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