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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Matheson, Bruscantini, Ligi, et al

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The differences between the two versions are most striking in the first half of the opera. The 1857 'Boccanegra' has a short instrumental prelude where the 1881 begins immediately with the Paolo-Pietro conversation. Amelia's Act 1 aria ended with a conventional cabaletta in 1857, and so did the Boccanegra-Amelia duet. The lively finale of the first act took place in a public square in Genoa. In 1881, the cabelettas were rewritten to become the opera's centerpiece." - Lucano, ARG

Classics Today
It's a fine addition to the catalogue that no Verdian should be without.

Penguin Guide
The sound is satisfyingly vivid and well balanced, and the performance under John Matheson is warmly idiomatic...Sesto Bruscantini (towards the end of his career) [is] as characterful as ever, with the voice still lyrical, set in striking contrast against the powerful Fiesco of the bass Gwynne Howell, singing magnificently.


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
  • Performers: Sesto Bruscantini (Baritone); William Elvin (Bass Baritone); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Paul Hudson (Bass); Josella Ligi (Soprano); Andre Turp (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Matheson
  • Ensemble: BBC Singers
  • Running Time: 32 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857