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

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 419203   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José CarrerasRenato BrusonAgnes BaltsaPaata Burchuladze,   ... 
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]


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


This set includes a full libretto in English, German, French, and Italian.
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Works on This Recording

La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano),
Paata Burchuladze (Bass), Richard Van Allan (Bass), Petteri Salomaa (Baritone),
Juan Pons (Baritone), John Tomlinson (Bass), Rosalind Plowright (Soprano),
Jean Rigby (Mezzo Soprano), Mark Curtis (Tenor)
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. 

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