Notes & Reviews:
Based on Schiller's play 'Don Carlos', Verdi's magnificent and arguably greatest opera has everything: deeply felt personal passion and pain intertwined in the web of political and religious agendas - utterly relevant to today and superbly expressed in a score of gripping intensity. The recording, made in Leeds Town Hall during Opera North's May / June production run, has a stellar cast including Janice Watson, Alastair Miles and Sir John Tomlinson with Richard Farnes conducting. The Observer commented on the performance: 'The work came alive as never before, its passionate exchanges between king, son, stepmother and loyal friends all the more incandescent, an endorsement for the Peter Moores "Opera in English" series on Chandos, who recorded this 'Don Carlos' for future release.'
BBC Music Magazine
Best of the principals are Alastair Miles's distinctive King Philip; John Tomlinson's terrifying Grand Inquisitor and Clive Bayley's Monk. Opera North's choral and orchestral forces are both splendid, and conductor Richard Farnes proves a superb interpreter of the score.
...a well integrated, cleanly delineated performance...The outstanding element is Richard Farnes's forceful and vivid conducting of a finely responsive orchestra.
Richard Farnes's outstanding conducting exudes confidence and regularly catches the ear with its theatrical flair and sense of over-arching power
It's a pleasure to hear so many of the words, particularly from Julian Gavin's plangent-toned Infante, William Dazeley's ardent, lyrical Posa and John Tomlinson's terrifying, gnarly-voiced Inquisitor... yet the best reason for acquiring the set is Richard Farnes's superb conducting.
Under Richard Farnes, the orchestral playing will stand comparison with the acknowledged best...The style also impresses as bearing the imprint of a genuine Verdi conductor, with playing where, at times, one feels as though the instruments are contributing their own apt dialogue to the drama.
Recording information: Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (05/26/2009-05/30/2009).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
- Conductor: Richard Farnes
- Notes: Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (05/26/2009-05/30/2009)
- Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1884