- Banda Musicale della Polizia di Stato
- Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
- Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Notes & Reviews:
Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015
This would always have been an event, a major (in several senses) studio opera recording. But it's also a performance absolutely worthy of the attention, and a superb addition to the catalogue.
BBC Music Magazine, November 2015
Anja Harteros can boast both the high-octane tone and the necessary level of dramatic expression to make Aida credibly three dimensional... [Ekaterina Semenchuk makes] many subtle observations pertinent to the character's inner emotional world... In Kaufmann's hands 'Celeste Aida' registers as a magnificent soliloquy, and unusually he closes it with the immaculately soft finish Verdi asks for, but which few tenors can actually deliver.
The Guardian, 7th October 2015
The playing that Antonio Pappano obtains from the Santa Cecilia Orchestra wonderfully mixes refinement and power - it's coloured with perfect finesse in the dances towards the end of the first act and in the nocturnal scene-painting that opens the third, while the great triumphal choruses have tremendous presence and energy.
The Telegraph, 26/10/2015
Verdi's epic of Ancient Egypt... comes thrillingly alive here in a superb new recording which could hardly be bettered today... [Pappano] leads the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in a reading free of pomp and rhetoric that manages to combine crisp textural clarity with vivid drama. The playing is alert and precise throughout - enchantingly so in the delicious ballet music.
New York Times, 11th December 2015
Fluid and elegantly dramatic...Kaufmann, in excellent voice, offers a poetic "Celeste Aida"; Ms. Harteros is touching in the title role. But it's the orchestra, airy and alert, that carries this fresh and invaluable new recording.
Recording information: Sala Santa Cecilia, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (02/2015).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
- Conductor: Maurizio Billi
- Ensemble: Banda Musicale della Polizia di Stato
- Notes: Composition written: 1871.
- Running Time: 90 min. 28 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1871