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Verdi: Rigoletto / Giulini, Cappuccilli, Cotrubas, Domingo


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 457753   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dirk SagemüllerHanna SchwarzPiero CappuccilliElena Obraztsova,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[T]he Giulini set on DG, with Cappuccilli, Cotrubas and Domingo is exceptional: searching, humane, powerfully registered... It can also be said that neither Bonynge nor Sinopoli search out the score's prevailingly dark sonorities as surely as Giulini (in his insistence on the score's dark colours and his interest in its portrayal of primary human affections. Giulini draws Rigolet to in the Rembrandt style) and he, like Serafin, is better able to project Verdi's more primitive accompaniments with the kind of robust good sense which is the mark of the born Verdian... With Giulini in rapt attendance, Cotrubas has a head start over her rivals as Gilda... Domingo's is one of the greatest accounts of the role ever recorded, from "Questa o Read more quella" through to a classic account of the famous Quartet... The Giulini set, for all its occasional lack of what Rodney Milnes terms "zing", is necessary listening for anyone interested in Verdi, Rigoletto (Verdi's surrogate King Lear), or the tenor's art.

-- Gramophone [11/1985]
reviewing the original release of this performance, DG 415288
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Works on This Recording

1. Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dirk Sagemüller (Baritone), Hanna Schwarz (Mezzo Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone),
Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano),
Kurt Moll (Bass), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Luigi de Corato (Tenor),
Walter Gullino (Tenor), Olive Fredricks (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 

Sound Samples

Rigoletto / Preludio: Preludio
Rigoletto / Act 1: Della mia bella incognita borghese (Duca, Borsa)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Questa o quella...Partite? Crudele!"
Rigoletto / Act 1: Ch'io gli parli (Monterone, Duca, Borsa, Rigoletto, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Duetto. "Quel vecchio maledivami!" (Rigoletto, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Recitativo e Duetto. "Pari siamo!... io la lingua" (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Figlia!" / "Mio padre!" (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Già da tre lune son qui venuta
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena e Duetto. "Giovanna, ho dei rimorsi" (Gilda, Giovanna, Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 1: "E il sol dell'anima"
Rigoletto / Act 1: "Che m'ami, deh! ripetimi" - "Addio... speranza ed anima" (Duca, Gilda, Ceprano, Borsa, Giovanna)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena ed Aria. "Gualtier Maldè ... Caro nome..." / "Miratela"
Rigoletto / Act 1: Scena e Coro - Finale I. "Riedo!... perché?" / "Silencio...all'opra" (Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Marullo)
Rigoletto / Act 1: Zitti, zitti, muoviamo a vendetta (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Gilda, Rigoletto, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ella mi fu rapita! (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Parmi veder le lagrime (Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Duca, Duca! L'amante fu rapita a Rigoletto" / "Ebben?" (Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Duca, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Possente amor mi chiama (Duca, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Scena ed Coro: "Povero Rigoletto!" (Marullo, Rigoletto, Borsa, Ceprano, Paggio, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Scena e Duetto: "Mio padre!" / "Dio! Mia Gilda!" (Gilda, Rigoletto, Borsa, Marullo, Ceprano, Coro)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Tutte le feste al tempio (Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ah! Solo per me l'infamia (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 2: Poiché fosti invano da me maledetto
Rigoletto / Act 3: "E l'ami?" / "Sempre" (Rigoletto, Gilda, Duca, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Rigoletto / Act 3: Quartetto. "Un dì, se ben rammentomi" (Duca, Gilda, Maddalena, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Bella figlia dell'amore (Duca, Maddalena, Gilda, Rigoletto)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "M'odi, ritorna a casa"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "Maddalena?" / "Aspettate" (Duca, Maddalena, Sparafucile)
Rigoletto / Act 3: È amabile invero cotal giovinotto (Maddalena, Sparafucile, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Della vendetta alfin giunge l'istante (Rigoletto, Sparafucile, Duca)
Rigoletto / Act 3: Chi è mai, chi è qui in sua vece? (Rigoletto, Gilda)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "V'ho ingannato"

Customer Reviews

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 Superb  April 3, 2013 By Craig T. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "It does not get better than Giulini's detail and tempi with this dream cast." Report Abuse
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