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Verdi: La Forza Del Destino / Sinopoli, Plowright, Baltsa


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000576602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Van AllanPaata BurchuladzeJosé CarrerasPetteri Salomaa,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian SingersAmbrosian Opera ChorusPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight, while Agnes Baltsa as Preziosilla gives a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.

...[S]trongly cast in the principal roles, scrupulously and imaginatively cast in the many important comprimario roles, [and] directed and produced with so unerring a sense of the work's essential character. "What we knew of this opera from the old days", wrote John Steane in his July "Quarterly Retrospect", "the big solos, the duets and set-pieces, is a distortion of its identity: over a large canvas, strange in its seeming irrelevancies, its capricious jollities, figures flare into the darkness, like the
Read more stoical advance of Goya's Pilgrimage to San Isidro towards the implacable hostility of Fate". It is well said, and as JBS rightly avers, it is Sinopoli's achievement that he gives us this, as well as sympathetically nursing a strong cast and drawing some glorious playing from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Rosalind Plowright sustains the key role of Leonora with integrity and insight; and though it is the sum of this set's parts which is the thing, it would be remiss of anyone not to mention Agnes Baltsa's Preziosilla, a performance which is unlikely to be surpassed for a very long time.

-- Gramophone [10/1987]

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Of existing modern recordings of this fascinating work,...I...have a liking for Sinopoli (DG) with Plowright, Carreras, Bruson and Burchuladze and with Agnes Baltsa the best Preziosilla anywhere.

-- Göran Forsling, MusicWeb International

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Works on This Recording

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La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Van Allan (Bass), Paata Burchuladze (Bass), José Carreras (Tenor),
Petteri Salomaa (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Mark Curtis (Tenor), Juan Pons (Baritone), John Tomlinson (Bass),
Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Rosalind Plowright (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Singers,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 179 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1862).
Composition revised: 1869. 

Sound Samples

La forza del destino: Overture (Sinfonia)
La forza del destino / Act 1: Buona notte, mia figlia
La forza del destino / Act 1: Temea restasse
La forza del destino / Act 1: Me pellegrina ed orfana
La forza del destino / Act 1: M'aiuti, Signorina (Curra, Leonora)
La forza del destino / Act 1: "Ah, per sempre, o mio bell'angiol - Seguirti fino agl'ultimi" (Alvaro, Leonora, Curra)
La forza del destino / Act 1: È tardi ...Vil seduttor (Leonora, Alvaro, Curra, Marchese)
La forza del destino / Act 2: Holà, holà, holà!
La forza del destino / Act 2: "La cena è pronta" - "Viva la guerra" (ALcade, Contadine, Mullatieri,Paesani, Studente, Leonora, Trabuco, Preziosilla)
La forza del destino / Act 2: Al suon del tamburo
La forza del destino / Act 2: Padre Eterno, Signor, pietà di noi!
La forza del destino / Act 2: "Viva la buona compagnia!" - "Poich'imberbe è l'incognito"
La forza del destino / Act 2: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore
La forza del destino / Act 2: Sta bene
La forza del destino / Act 2: Son giunta...Madre pietosa vergine
La forza del destino / Act 2: Chi siete?
La forza del destino / Act 2: Chi mi cerca?
La forza del destino / Act 2: Il santo nome di Dio...La vergine degli
La forza del destino / Act 3: Attenti al gioco, attenti
La forza del destino / Act 3: La vita è inferno
La forza del destino / Act 3: Oh, tu che in seno
La forza del destino / Act 3: "Al tradimento ... Amici in vita, in morte"
La forza del destino / Act 3: "All'armi!" - "Arde la mischia!" - "Piano ... qui posi"
La forza del destino / Act 3: Solenne in quest'ora
La forza del destino / Act 3: Morir! Tremenda cosa!
La forza del destino / Act 3: "Urna fatale del mio destino ... Egli è salvo! oh gioia immensa"

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