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Essential Verdi - 40 Of His Greatest Masterpieces


Release Date: 02/13/2001 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 467128   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano PavarottiCarlo BergonziDame Joan SutherlandMaria Chiara,   ... 
Conductor:  Richard BonyngeSir Georg SoltiValery GergievJohn Pritchard,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
3.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
4.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
8.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
9.
Il trovatore: Stride la vampa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Stefania Toczyska (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
10.
Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  John Pritchard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13.
Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Olga Borodina (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
15.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alberto Erede
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
19.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
21.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
22.
Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24.
Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
25.
La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Frank Lopardo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
26.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27.
Il trovatore: Squilli, echeggi "Soldier's Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
28.
Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
29.
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
30.
Aida: O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
31.
I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
32.
I masnadieri: Lo sguardo avea degli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nikolai Putilin (Bass), Gegam Grigorian (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
34.
Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
35.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
36.
Don Carlos: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Gabriele Santini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
37.
Requiem Mass: Dies irae by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
38.
Don Carlos: Io morrò, ma lieto in core by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
This selection begins with "O Carlo, ascolta..." 
39.
Macbeth: Salve, o Re! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Renato Bruson (Baritone), Neil Shicoff (Tenor), Lucia Aliberti (Soprano),
Mara Zampieri (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
40.
I due Foscari: Dal più remoto esiglio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Mieczyslaw Antoniak (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Austrian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Nabucco / Act 3: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
La forza del destino - Original St.Petersburg version: Sinfonia
La traviata / Act 1: "Un dì felice, eterea"
I vespri siciliani / Act 5: "Mercè, dilette amiche"
La traviata / Act 1: "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Stride la vampa!"
Aida / Act 1: Ritorna vincitor!
Don Carlo / Act 2: "Dio, che nell'alma infodere"
La traviata / Act 1: Prelude
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Caro Nome"
Don Carlo - 1886 Modena version / Act 4: "O don fatale"
Aida / Act 1: Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida
Ernani / Part 1: Ernani! Ernani, involami
Un ballo in maschera / Act 1: "Di tu se fedele"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Morrò, ma prima in grazia"
Luisa Miller / Act 2: Quando le sere al placido chiaror d'un ciel stellato
Aida / Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto"
Messa da Requiem: 2a. Dies irae
La forza del destino / Act 4: "Pace, pace, mio Dio"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella" (Ballata)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "Bella figlia dell'amore"
Otello / Act 4: "Ave Maria, piena di grazia"
La traviata / Act 3: "Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo"
Macbeth / Act 4: "Ah, la paterna mano"
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Squilli, echeggi la tromba"
Don Carlo - 1886 Modena version / Act 4: "O Carlo, ascolta"
Messa da Requiem: 2h. Ingemisco
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Come in quest'ora bruna
Macbeth - Revised version 1865 - Act 2: Si colmi il calice di vino eletto
Aida / Act 3: "Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria mia"
I Lombardi / Act 2: "La mia letizia infondere"
I Masnadieri / Act 1: "Lo sguardo avea degli angeli"
La forza del destino - Original St.Petersburg version / Act 3: "Solenne in quest'ora"
Macbeth / Act 4: Coro di Profughi Scozzesi: "Patria oppressa"
Il Trovatore / Act 1: Tacea la notte placida
I due Foscari / Act 1: "Dal più remoto esilio...Odio solo, ed odio atroce"
Don Carlo / Act 3: "Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Poor qualifty recording September 10, 2013 By Roy J. Landry (Barton, NS) See All My Reviews "Tracks are incorrectly identified. Some actually will not play. Very disappointed with this CD. R. J. Landry" Report Abuse
 Verdi January 9, 2013 By Jacques-André O. (Riv-du-Loup, QC) See All My Reviews "Mon disque était endommagé, je n'ai pu l'écouter." Report Abuse
 Pleasant Listening January 2, 2013 By Donald S. (Edwards, CO) See All My Reviews "Needless to say the music is wonderful with a broad range of Verdi's works. Perfomances are very good, sound is very good. Enjoy it!" Report Abuse
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