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Verdi: Otello / Furtwangler, Vinay, Dermota, Wagner, Et Al

Release Date: 10/17/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 65751   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  August JareschRamon VinayDragica MartinisPaul Schöffler,   ... 
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance took place during the 1951 Salzburg Music Festival.
At the time of its premiere, critics referred to the thundering opening chord of Giuseppe Verdi's 'Otello' as the sound of Italian opera bursting out of its coffin. It had been nearly sixteen years since Verdi's last opera, ('Aida'), and the future of Italian opera looked bleak. At seventy years of age, Verdi was settling into quiet retirement and had no plans for writing another opera. The publisher Giulio Ricordi stirred Verdi out of retirement by suggesting Shakespeare's play 'Othello' as a subject for a new opera. Verdi was intrigued by the idea and began to search for a librettist. Ricordi suggested the poet-composer Arrigo Boito; and the rest, as they say, is
Read more history. Verdi's 'Otello' premiered at La Scala in Milan on February 5th, 1887 and became a staple of the operatic repertoire.
This recording features the great German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler leading a performance from the 1951 Salzburg Festival. Tenor Ramon Vinay sings the title role with the ideal blend of crazed passion and tenderness. Soprano Dragica Martinis is delicacy personified as Desdemona, and bass Paul Schöffler is a malevolent Iago. This legendary performance sizzles with dramatic intensity and vocal fireworks, all of it ignited by Furtwängler's direction. Read less

Works on This Recording

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  August Jaresch (Tenor), Ramon Vinay (Tenor), Dragica Martinis (Soprano),
Paul Schöffler (Bass Baritone), Sieglinde Wagner (Mezzo Soprano), Anton Dermota (Tenor),
Georg Monthy (Bass), Josef Greindl (Bass), Franz Bierbach (Bass)
Conductor:  Wilhelm Furtwängler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/07/1951 
Venue:  Live  Festspielhaus, Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 149 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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