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Domingo Edition - Verdi: Nabucco - Highlights / Sinopoli


Release Date: 06/16/1992 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435415   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido DomingoYevgeny NesterenkoGhena DimitrovaLucia Valentini-Terrani,   ... 
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I sometimes think its worth owning Sinopoli’s recording just to hear [Dimitrova's] wonderful pianissimo top C alone.

-- Ralph Moore, MusicWeb International


In his short but mercurial career in the opera house, on the concert platform and in the recording studios, Sinopoli has already divided opinion quite sharply. There are those who are thrilled by his energy and analytical approach to the work in his hand, others who find his bar-to-bar approach lacking in equilibrium, the price to be paid for the tension and excitement undoubtedly engendered. That he is a conductor with definite views on his so-far restricted repertory is confirmed by this Nabucco, where from the Overture onwards the rudimentary drama
Read more is played for all its worth, sometimes a good deal more... Such detailed treatment can be illuminating as in the chromatic counterpoint to the chorus "Lo vedeste" in Act I and in the strict observance of the moo voce and cupo markings in the concertato "S'appressan gI' istanti"; they make us aware of Sinopoli's arresting sense of theatre...

...Abigaille's aria is an Adagio rather than an Andante, and at that pace Ghena Dimitrova just fails to maintain her legato. The Bulgarian soprano made a great impression in the recent concert performance of La gioconda at London's Barbican Hall. Under the cruel search of the microphone one still admires the histrionic impetus of her singing while noticing that her Italian is not quite idiomatic enough for her to make us live the emotions anew as Scotto succeeded in doing for Muti. Of course, Dimitrova has the more natural voice for this testing part and, apart from some hardening under pressure not out of character for the wicked usurper, she fulfils its vocal requirements unstintingly, the cabaletta fierily declaimed, and her later disdain of her father is evenly and truly sung...

Cappuccilli's Nabucco is voiced and interpreted with all his years of experience in singing a long-breathed line. He exerts a wild authority when he declares himself to be God, sings with deep eloquence in the "0 di qual'onte aggravasi" section of his duet with Abigaille. and pathos in "Dio di Giuda"... Nesterenko is, for the most part, an imposing Zaccaria, a little in the Christoff vein...

Perhaps the most beautiful singing on the whole DG set comes from Valentini-Terrani whose last-act Preghiera is sung with an understanding of its simple tenderness, far in advance of anything achieved by either of her rivals. Domingo is classy casting for the minor part of Ismaele and he takes his few chances to show what can be done with little... As a whole I enjoyed hearing this performance for the immense vigour displayed on all sides.

-- Gramophone [7/1983]
reviewing the complete Nabucco, DG 410512
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Works on This Recording

1. Nabucco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
2. Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
3. Nabucco: Sperate, o figli...D'Egitto la sui lidi...Come notte by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qual rumore?..." 
4. Nabucco: Prode guerrier by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
Notes: This selection begins with "Fenena! O mia diletta!..." 
5. Nabucco: Io t'amava by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
6. Nabucco: Lo vedeste? by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
7. Nabucco: Salgo già del trono aurato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano), Kurt Rydl (Bass)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
Notes: This selection begins on the preceding track with "Chi s'avanza?..." 
8. Nabucco: Vieni, o Levita...Tu sul labbro by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
9. Nabucco: Che si vuol by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
10. Nabucco: Deh, fratelli, perdonate...S'appressan gl'instanti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Kurt Rydl (Bass), Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass), Volker Horn (Tenor),
Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
11. Nabucco: Oh, di qual'onta aggravisi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ah, qual suon!..." 
12. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
13. Nabucco: Dio di Giuda! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
14. Nabucco: Cadran, cadranno i perfidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Volker Horn (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 
Notes: This selection begins on the preceding track with "Porta fatale, or t'apirai!..." 
15. Nabucco: Oh! chi vegg'io?...Su me...morente by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Yevgeny Nesterenko (Bass), Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Venue:  Grosser Sendesaal, Sender Freies, Berlin 

Sound Samples

Nabucco: Overture
Nabucco / Act 1: "Gli arredi festivi giù cadano infranti"
Nabucco / Act 1: "Qual rumore?"/"Come notte a sol fulgente"
Nabucco / Act 1: Recitativo e terzettino: "Fenena! O mia diletta!" / "Guerrieri, è preso il Tempio! ... Prode guerrier!"
Nabucco / Act 1: Io t'amava! (Abigaille, Ismaele, Fenena)
Nabucco / Act 1: Lo vedeste? (Anna, Coro, Zaccaria)
Nabucco / Act 2: Chi s'avanza? Orrenda scena
Nabucco / Act 2: Salgo già del trono aurato
Nabucco / Act 2: Recitativo e preghiera: (Introduzione) - "Vieni, o Levita!"
Nabucco / Act 2: Tu sul labbro dei veggenti
Nabucco / Act 2: "Che si vuol?"/"Il maledetto non ha fratelli"
Nabucco / Act 2: Deh, fratelli, perdonate
Nabucco / Act 2: S'appresan gl'istanti
Nabucco / Act 3: "Ah qual suon!"/"Deh, perdona"
Nabucco / Act 3: Coro: Introduzione - "Va pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
Nabucco / Act 4: Dio di Giuda!
Nabucco / Act 4: "Porta fatale, or t'aprirai!"
Nabucco / Act 4: "Cadran, cadranno i perfidi .. O prodi miei, seguitemi"
Nabucco / Act 4: "Oh! chi vegg'io?" - "Su me .. morente ...esanime"

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