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Verdi: Don Carlos / De Billy, Vargas, Tamar, Skovhus, Miles

Release Date: 09/27/2005 
Label:  Orfeo D'or Catalog #: 648054   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ramón VargasBo SkovhusIano TamarSimon Yang,   ... 
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera ChorusVienna State Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The recording taken from the broadcast premiere at the Wiener Staatsoper on October 18, 2004, appears to be the first complete realization of the original score submitted by Verdi to the administration of the Paris Opera in 1866. It includes omissions that were made just before opening night, such as an offstage chorus to the accompaniment of mandolins, tambourines, and castanets, and a highly dramatic extension of the duet of Philip and Carlos over the dead Rodrigo. This last was cut against Verdi’s will because of the tenor’s vocal troubles, and the baritone’s feeling it beneath his dignity to lie on the floor so long after his aria. All of the reinstated material brings the length of the opera to a little over four hours, as Read more opposed to the later three-hour Italian version, but adds greatly to the dramatic depth of the work and makes the personality and motivations of the characters more clear and believable. It is interesting to note that the auto-da-fe and the opera’s final denouement do not occur in Schiller’s play. According to Schiller, Philip II hands his son, Carlo, over to the Grand Inquisitor and that is an end of it.

In this auspicious performance the major contributors are the brilliant orchestra, the chorus, and the conductor, Bertrand de Billy, who draws from these ensembles a breathtaking dramatic thrust, the precision one expects of a string quartet, and a display of magnificent tone that grips the listener from first note to last."

- Raymond Beegle, Fanfare Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ramón Vargas (Tenor), Bo Skovhus (Baritone), Iano Tamar (Soprano),
Simon Yang (Bass), Dan Paul Dumitrescu (Bass), Nadja Michael (Mezzo Soprano),
Cornelia Salje (Soprano), Benedikt Kobel (Tenor), Alastair Miles (Bass),
Inna Los (Soprano), Cosmin Ifrim (Tenor), Johannes Gisser (Bass)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1886 
Date of Recording: 10/18/2004 
Venue:  Live  State Opera House, Vienna, Austria 
Language: French 
Notes: Version: 1867
Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867).
Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872).
Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884). 

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