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Georg Solti conducts Guiseppe Verdi - Six complete Operas [16 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

21 October 2012 marks Sir Georg Solti's centenary and Decca is celebrating this with several important reissues.

Sir Georg was an exclusive Decca artist for 50 years.

In 1947 he signed his first contract with Decca - as a pianist and that same year he made his first record as a conductor (with the Zurich Tonhalle in Beethoven's Egmonst Overture). His last public concerts took place just a few weeks before his death in 1997 and were with the Zurich Tonhalle.

Solti was a musician with extraordinarily wide musical interests and sympathies and he was without doubt one of the most important opera conductors of the second half of the twentieth century. His legacy of recordings is dominated by opera and his recording of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen - the first ever complete studio recording - has been described as "the greatest recording of all time by BBC Music Magazine.


Works:

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Jon Vickers (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone), Rita Gorr (Mezzo Soprano),
Leontyne Price (Soprano), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Plinio Clabassi (Bass),
Mietta Sighele (Soprano), Franco Ricciardi (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra, Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 1962
Venue: Rome Opera House
Length: 172 Minutes 52 Secs.
Language: Italian

Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Birgit Nilsson (Soprano), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano),
Cornell MacNeil (Baritone), Tom Krause (Baritone)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus, Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Language: Italian

Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Martti Talvela (Bass), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Renata Tebaldi (Soprano),
John Wakefield (Tenor), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Tugomir Franc (Bass),
Joan Carlyle (Soprano), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Jeanette Sinclair (Soprano), Kenneth MacDonald (Tenor)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1886
Date of Recording: 07/1965
Venue: London Opera Center
Length: 198 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: Italian

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: John Lanigan (Tenor), Sir Geraint Evans (Baritone), Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Ilva Ligabue (Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano),
Giovanni Foiani (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra, RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Date of Recording: 1963
Venue: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy

Otello by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Kurt Moll (Bass), Hans Helm (Baritone), Kurt Equiluz (Tenor),
Peter Dvorsky (Tenor), Stafford Dean (Bass), Carlo Cossutta (Tenor),
Jane Berbié (Mezzo soprano), Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone), Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; Italy
Date of Recording: 1977
Venue: Sofiensaal, Vienna

Simon Boccanegra by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Leo Nucci (Baritone), Paolo Coni (Baritone), Paata Burchuladze (Bass),
Ernesto Gavazzi (Tenor), Giacomo Aragall (Tenor), Anna Zoroberto (Soprano),
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/1988
Venue: Salla Abanella, Milan
Length: 125 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

La traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Leo Nucci (Baritone), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Leah-Marian Jones (Mezzo Soprano),
Robin Leggate (Tenor), Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Roderick Earle (Bass),
Neil Griffiths (Tenor), Bryan Secombe (Bass), Mark Beesley (Baritone),
Rodney Gibson (Tenor), Frank Lopardo (Tenor), Richard Van Allan (Bass)
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra, Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/1994
Venue: Live Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
Length: 127 Minutes 21 Secs.
Language: Italian

Un ballo in maschera: Posa in pace by Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy

Rigoletto: Zitti, zitti moviamo a vendetta by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy

Otello: Fuoco di gioia by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; Italy

Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy

Nabucco: Gli arredi festivi by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1842; Italy

Macbeth: Tre volte miagola by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865; Italy

Macbeth: Patria oppressa! by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1847/1865; Italy

La traviata: Di Madride noi siam matadori by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy

Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy

Il trovatore: Squilli, echeggi "Soldier's Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy

I lombardi: O Signore, dal tetto natio by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1843; Italy

I lombardi: Gerusalem! by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1843; Italy

Don Carlos: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1867/1884; Italy

Aida: Gloria all' Egitto by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy

Requiem Mass: Sanctus by Giuseppe Verdi

Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Italy

I masnadieri: Le rube, gli stupri by Giuseppe Verdi




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