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Verdi: Overtures and Preludes / Luisi, Philharmonia Zurich


Release Date: 09/15/2017 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: 109  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giuseppe Verdi composed over 30 operas, though only about half of them are still regularly staged. For the latest studio recording with the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi has chosen overtures and preludes from Verdi’s whole creative period. Next to popular masterpieces like the overture to "La forza del destino", the selection ranges from the earliest works by Verdi, which strongly remind of Rossini and Donizetti, over exceptional preludes he wrote for "Macbeth" or "La traviata" for example, to rarely performed overtures such as "I vespri siciliani" or "La battaglia di Legnano". A special highlight on this recording is the long version of the overture to "Aida", which is never Read more heard in combination with opera. Furthermore, the ballet music for the French version of "Don Carlos" also found its way onto the album. Thus, the compilation unites pieces that belong to the day-to-day repertoire of the Philharmonia Zurich with those that are also rarities to orchestra musicians.

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REVIEW:

Luisi is never subject to the temptation of vulgar crashing or rhythmic idling. Rather, he has an unmistakable sense of the music's many chamber-like intimate moments, as well as the great dramatic psychological aspects of these miniature masterpieces. Overall then, an impressive record of the work this podium maestro has accomplished in Zurich.

– Online Merker (Austria; Ingobert Waltenberger) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
2.
Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
3.
Don Carlos: Le ballet de la Reine by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
4.
Un ballo in maschera: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
5.
I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
6.
La traviata: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853 
7.
Stiffelio: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; Italy 
8.
Luisa Miller: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
9.
La battaglia di Legnano: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
10.
Il corsaro: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Italy 
11.
I masnadieri: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Italy 
12.
Macbeth: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
13.
Giovanna d'Arco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
14.
Ernani: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
15.
Jérusalem: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1847; Italy 
16.
Nabucco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
17.
Un giorno di regno: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
18.
Oberto: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839; Italy 

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