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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Abbado, Freni, Cappuccilli, Et Al

Release Date: 01/27/1998 
Label:  Dg The Originals Catalog #: 449752   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero CappuccilliMirella FreniNicolai GhiaurovJosé Carreras,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Cappuccilli's Boccanegra derives its authority and dignity from his longsighted and extraordinarily powerful phrasing, just as the poignancy of insecurity in the inky depths of Ghiaurov's Fiesco seems to foretell the tragedy of their relationship.

For Carreras, there is barely a moment of strain, as his carefully nourished lyrical lines are strengthened by the precision of their pointing, while van Dam manages to convey the full extent of Paolo's desire for "oro, possanza, onore" within the opening seconds of a deeply perceptive performance. At the risk of making the whole thing sound quite improbably outstanding, it must be added that new technology has revealed an untarnished radiance in Mirella Freni's top
Read more register: she, above anyone else, uses Verdi's writing with vivid assurance to convey every flicker of pulse in Amelia's shifting emotions."

– Gramophone [9/1986]

"Abbado's 1977 recording of Simon Boccanagra is one of the most beautiful Verdi sets ever made. The playing of the orchestra is brilliantly incisive as well as refined, so that the drama is underlined by extra sharpness of focus."

– Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
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Works on This Recording

Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
José Carreras (Tenor), Giovanni Foiani (Bass), Antonio Savastano (Tenor),
José Van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1977 

Sound Samples

Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: Che dicesti? (Paolo, Pietro, Simone, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: L'altra magion vedete? (Paolo, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: "A te l'estremo addio" - "Il lacerato spirito"
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: Suona ogni labbro il mio nome (Simone, Fiesco)
Simon Boccanegra / Prologue: Oh, de'Fieschi implacata, orrida razza (Simone, Fiesco, Paolo, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: (Preludio)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Come in quest'ora bruna (Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Cielo di stelle orbato (Gabriele, Amalia, Ancella, Pietro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Propizio ei giunge! (GAbriele, Fiesco)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: Piango, perché mi parla (Fiesco, Doge)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Il Doge vien (Gabriele, FIesco, Doge, Paolo, Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: chi veggo? (Amelia, Doge, Gabriele, Fiesco)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: "Orfanelle il tetto umile" "Figlia! ... a tal nome io palpito" (Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Che rispose? (Paolo, Doge, Pietro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: Gran Dio, li benedici
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Messeri, il re di Tartaria (Doge, Paolo, Pietro, Gabriele, AMelia, Fiesco, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Ferischi! (Amelia, Doge, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Amelia, di come fosti rapita (Doge, Amelia, Gabriele, Paolo, Pietro, Fiesco, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Plebe! Patrizi! (Doge, Amelia, Fiesco, Gabriele, Paolo, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: Ecco la spada (Gabriele, Doge, Paolo, Amelia, Fiesco, Pietro, Coro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Quei due vedesti? (Paolo, Pietro)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Prigoniero in qual loco m'adduci? (Fiesco, Paolo)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Udisti? ...Vil disegno! (Paolo, Gabriele)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Tu qui? ... Amelia! (Amelia, Gabriele)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Figlia? ... Si afflitto, o padre mio? (Doge, Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: Oh! Amelia ... ami ... un nemico (Doge, Gabriele, Amelia)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 2: All'armi, all'armi, o Liguri (Coro, Amelia, Gabriele, Doge)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: Evviva il Doge! (Coro, Capitano, Fiesco, Paolo)
Simon Boccanegra / Act 3: M'ardon le tempia (Doge, Fiesco)

Customer Reviews

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 Beautiful November 8, 2012 By Craig T. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "This is a gorgeous work performed expertly by fine singers, orchestra and conductor. I highly recommend this recording." Report Abuse
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