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Verdi: Aida / Muti, Caballé, Domingo, Cossotto, Ghiaurov


Release Date: 09/11/2001 
Label:  Emi Great Recordings Of The Century Catalog #: 67617   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat CaballéPlacido DomingoFiorenza CossottoNicolai Ghiaurov,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusNew Philharmonia OrchestraRoyal Military School Fanfare Trumpeters
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is still one of the great Aidas. Its strengths include a spectacular Aida in Caballé and Cossotto's authentically Italian, spitfire Amneris.

There are three "reference" editions of Aida in the stereo catalog: Tebaldi/Karajan, Price/Solti, and this one. Its strengths include a spectacular Aida in Montserrat Caballé, fully involved in the role (has "O patria mia" ever been more beautifully or affectingly sung?), and Fiorenza Cossotto's authentically Italian, spitfire Amneris. This, on balance, also is the best of Placido Domingo's two or three hundred recordings of Radames, though he lacks Vickers' (or Corelli's) heroic timbre and can't manage a quiet ending to "Celeste
Read more Aida". Still, he sings intelligently and expressively--and collaborates effectively with Caballé to produce an exciting and believable third-act Nile scene. Muti's conducting always has come in for some controversy, being generally emphatic, strong on rhythm, and less yielding than other versions; but it's always dramatic and sensitive to Verdi's deliciously colorful orchestration. If you already own this performance, EMI's remastering doesn't really offer enough improvement to warrant repurchase; but if you don't, this is still one of the great Aidas.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Luigi Roni (Bass),
Nicola Martinucci (Tenor), Esther Casas (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Military School Fanfare Trumpeters
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1974 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Halls, London 
Length: 146 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

Aida (2001 Digital Remaster): Preludio (Orchestra)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Sì, corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca (Ramfis/Radamès)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Se quel guerrier io fossi! (Radamès)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Celeste Aida (Radamès)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo! (Amneris/Radamès)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Vieni, o diletta, appressati (Amneris/Aida/Radamès)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Alta cagion v'aduna (Il Re/Messaggero/Radamès/Ramfis/Sacerdoti/Ministri/Capitani/Aida/Amneris)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido (Il Re/Messaggero/Radamès/Ramfis/Sacerdoti/Ministri/Capitani/Aida/Amneris)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: Ritorna vincitor! (Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene One: I sacri nomi di padre, d'amante (Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Possente, possente Fthà (Sacerdotessa/Ramfis/Sacerdoti/Sacerdotesse)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Danza sacra delle sacerdotesse (Orchestra/Sacerdotesse/Ramfis/Sacerdoti)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Mortal, diletto ai numi (Ramfis/Sacerdoti)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act One, Scene Two: Nume, custode e vindice (Ramfis/Radamès/Sacerdoti/Sacerdotesse/Sacerdotessa)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi (Schiave/Amneris)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Danza di schiavi mori (Orchestra)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Vieni, sul crin ti piovano (Schiave/Amneris)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta (Amneris/Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Ebben, qual nuovo fremito t'assal, gentil Aida? (Amneris/Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Pietà ti prenda del mio dolor (Amneris/Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene One: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido (Coro/Amneris/Aida)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside (Popolo/Sacerdoti)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Marcia trionfale (Orchestra)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Ballabile (Orchestra)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Vieni, o guerriero vindice (Popolo/Sacerdoti)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Salvator della patria (Il Re/Radamès/Ramfis/Sacerdoti)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Che veggo! Egli? Mio padre! (Aida/Amneris/Radamès/Ramfis/Il Re/Sacerdoti/Popolo/Amonasro)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente (Amonasro/Aida/Schiave/Prigionieri/Ramfis/Sacerdoter/Amneris/Il Re/Popolo)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Il dolor che in quel volto favella (Radamès/Amneris/Amonasro/Il Re/Aida/Schiave/Popolo/Ramfis/Sacerdoti/Prigionieri)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: O Re, pei sacri numi (Radamès/Il Re/Amneris/Sacerdoti/Popolo/Ramfis)
Aida (2001 Digital Remaster), Act Two, Scene Two: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside (Il Re/Shiave/Prigionieri/Popolo/Ramfis/Sacerdoti/Aida/Radamès/Amneris/Amonasro)

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