Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Catalog Number: B001928802
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Number of Discs: 7

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A feast of great Verdi singing, dating from the dawn of recording in 1903 (Tamagno - Verdi’s first Otello) to the 1960s (Pavarotti’s first disc for Decca). Great Verdi conducting, too, from Fricsay (his live Requiem complete) and Markevitch. Fittingly for Deutsche Grammophon, the final CD is devoted to Verdi sung in German. Following the critical and commercial success of Deutsche Grammophon’s “Great Wagner Singers” box for Wagner Year (479 1241), here is an even bigger box – which could equally well have been called “Great Verdi Singers” – for Verdi Year, also in 2013 (the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth falls on 10 October). Many of the greatest Verdi singers of all time appear in the set, starting with Francesco Tamagno (1850-1905), the Otello at the 1887 premiere – in remarkably listenable sound deriving from almost-forgotten original matrices rediscovered some years ago in Deutsche Grammophon’s Hanover tape archive – through Caruso, Welitsch, Tebaldi, del Monaco and many other stars, to Luciano Pavarotti, part of whose very first 45-rpm EP disc, made for Decca in 1964, is included here.

The selections have been organized alphabetically by the names of the operas. The set also includes – complete - Ferenc Fricsay’s legendary 1960 live recording of Verdi’s Requiem, coupled with the Four Sacred Pieces, as well as preludes, overtures and ballet music conducted by Fricsay and Igor Markevitch, two of the best Verdi conductors of the post-Toscanini era.

Deutsche Grammophon, being a German company, in its early years normally recorded Verdi in the German vernacular, because that was how Verdi was then performed in German opera houses. The results of some of those sessions, often with famous artists – Hans Hotter, Maria Cebotari, Lauritz Melchior, Heinrich Schlusnus, Kim Borg! – are included on the final CD and should be new to many Verdi connoisseurs. The icing on the cake: exhaustive liner notes provided by Verdi expert Richard Osborne, who has managed to document nearly every singer featured on these 7 CDs. They are guaranteed to stimulate curiosity and further listening.
Works on This Recording
1. Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
2. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Sándor Kónya (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
3. Aida: Ritorna vincitor! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Németh (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
4. Aida: Act 1. I sacri nomi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Maria Németh (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
5. Aida: Act 1. Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta... Pietà ti prenda del mio dolor by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Alberto Erede
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
6. Aida: Act 1. Qui Radamès verrà!... O patria mia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
7. Aida: Act 1. Danza sacra delle sacerdotesse by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
8. Aida: Act 2. Danza di piccoli schiavi mori by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
9. Aida: Act 2. Ballabile by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
10. Araldo: Oh, cielo! ove son io! by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
11. Un ballo in maschera: Re dell'abisso, affrettati! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Grace Bumbry (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
12. Un ballo in maschera: Ma dell'arido stelo divulsa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Voice)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
13. Un ballo in maschera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ljuba Welitsch (Voice)
Conductor: Rudolf Moralt
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
14. Un ballo in maschera: Volta la terrea by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rita Streich (Voice)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
15. Un ballo in maschera: Saper vorreste di che si veste by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rita Streich (Voice)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; Italy
16. Don Carlos: Ella giammai m'amò...Dormirò sol sul manto mio regal by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Kim Borg (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
17. Don Carlos: O don fatale by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Grace Bumbry (Voice)
18. Don Carlos: Per me giunto è il dì supremo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Heinrich Schlusnus (Voice)
Conductor: Clemens Krauss
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
19. Don Carlos: Tu, che la vanitá conoscesti del mondo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Grace Bumbry (Voice)
Conductor: Hans Löwlein
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884 ; Italy
20. Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carlo [Tenor Vocals] Bergonzi (Voice)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Italy
21. Ernani: Ernani, involami by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Voice)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Italy
22. Falstaff: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rita Streich (Voice)
Conductor: Reinhard Peters
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; Italy
23. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
24. La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Koloman von Pataky (Voice), Heinrich Schlusnus (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
25. La forza del destino: Urna fatale del mio destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
26. Giovanna d'Arco: Sinfonia by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845 ; Italy
27. Luisa Miller: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Italy
28. Luisa Miller: Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Voice)
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Italy
29. Macbeth: Act 3. Ballabile by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Igor Markevitch
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ;
30. Macbeth: O figli, o figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Mario Del Monaco (Voice)
Conductor: Alberto Erede
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847 ;
31. Nabucco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
32. Nabucco: Ben io t'invenni...Anch' io dischiuso un giorno by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giovanni Foiani (Voice), Elena Souliotis (Voice)
Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
33. Otello: Esultate! L'orgoglio musulmano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Francesco Tamagno (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
34. Otello: Ora e per sempre addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Francesco Tamagno (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
35. Otello: Act 3. Ballabili by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
36. Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Voice)
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
37. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Giuseppe Di Stefano (Voice)
Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
38. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Petre [vocals] Munteanu (Voice)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
39. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Petre [vocals] Munteanu (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
40. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Pierrette Alarie (Voice)
Conductor: Lee Schaenen
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
41. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Voice)
Conductor: Edward Downes
Written: 1851 ;
42. Rigoletto: Pari siamo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Heinrich Schlusnus (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
43. Rigoletto: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Joseph Schwarz (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
44. Rigoletto: Tutte le feste al tempio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Kurt Böhme (Voice), Rita Streich (Voice), Hermann Uhde (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
45. Simon Boccanegra: A te l'estremo addio... Il lacerato spirito by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Kim Borg (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857 ; Italy
46. La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
47. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Paul Strauss
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
48. La traviata: Di Provenza il mar by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice)
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
49. La traviata: Act 3 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
50. La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Erna Berger (Voice), Peter Anders (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
51. Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
52. Il trovatore: Il balen del suo sorriso by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Ettore Bastianini (Voice), Ivo Vinco (Voice)
Conductor: Tullio Serafin
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
53. Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Enrico Caruso (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
54. I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
55. I vespri siciliani: O tu, Palermo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Kim Borg (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
56. I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rita Streich (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
57. Romanze (6) (pub. 1845): no 4, Lo spazzacamino by Giuseppe Verdi
Period: Romantic
Written: by 1845 ; Italy
58. Requiem Mass by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874 ; Italy
59. Quattro pezzi sacri by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay
Written: pub 1898 ;
60. Aida: Schon sind die Priester all' vereint by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Lauritz Melchior (Voice), Margarete Arndt-Ober (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
61. Aida: Wehe, mein Vater! / Zu dir führt mich ein ernster Grund by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hans Hotter (Voice), Gloria Davy (Voice)
Conductor: Argeo Quadri
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ;
62. Don Carlos: Sie hat mich nie geliebt by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Alexander [Bass Vocal] Kipnis (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ;
63. Nabucco: Welche Klage muss ich nun vernehmen? by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Kim Borg (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
64. Nabucco: Flieg, Gedanke, getragen von Sehnsucht by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Georg Hann (Voice)
Conductor: Ferdinand Leitner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
65. Otello: Ich glaube an einen Gott by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hans Hotter (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
66. Otello: Zur Nachtzeit war es by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hans Hotter (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
67. Rigoletto: Freundlich blick' ich auf diese und jene by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Franz [Tenor Vocal] Völker (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
68. Rigoletto: Ach wie so trügerisch by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Franz [Tenor Vocal] Völker (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
69. Rigoletto: Als Tänzerin erschienst du mir by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851 ; Italy
70. La traviata: Ach, wird doch einmal mir zuteil... Von der Freude Blumenkränzen by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Walther Ludwig (Voice), Maria Cebotari (Voice)
Conductor: Arthur Rother
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ;
71. Der Troubador: Lodernde Flammen schlagen zum Himmel auf by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Karin Branzell (Voice)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
72. Der Troubador: Ihres Auges himmlisch Strahlen by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Heinrich Schlusnus (Voice)
Conductor: Johannes Schüler
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
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