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Verdi: Preludes; Ballet Music; Opera Choruses

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La battaglia di Legnano
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani (The Four Seasons)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

2013 will herald the start of Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial year. To celebrate the occasion, EMI Classics presents Verdi: Preludes, Ballet Music K& Opera Choruses. The 2-CD set feature highlights from the various Verdi operas.

With his questing spirit, Verdi took an often innovative approach to the choral and orchestral components of his operas. In Nabucco, his first great success, the chorus of Hebrew slaves became a protagonist - and its 'Va, persiero' became Italy's honorary national anthem - while his overtures range from atmospheric introductions, for instance the haunting prelude to La traviata, to full-blown orchestral showpieces, such as the splendid sinfonia that opens La forza del destino.

Some of the greatest orchestras are featured in this set including the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala both under the direction of Riccardo Muti.



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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Act 1. Gli arredi festive giù infranti
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Act 2. Chorus of Hebrew Slaves
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi :: Act 3. Processional Chorus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi :: Act 4. Chorus of Crusaders and Pilgrims
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Act 1. Evviva! Beviam!
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1982-12-07&1982-12-11&1982-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Act 2. Esultiamo!
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1982-12-07&1982-12-11&1982-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Act 3. Un patto! Un giuramento! Si ridesti il Leon di Castiglia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila :: Prologo. Urli, rapine, gemiti, sangue
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila :: Prologo. Viva il ré ale mille foreste
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila :: Act 2. Del ciel l'immensa volta
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Attila :: Act 2. Chi dona luce al cor?
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1846

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 4. Chorus of Scottish Refugees
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1988-07-01_1988-07-10&1988-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Zitti, zitti, moviamo a vendetta
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (1988-07-01_1988-07-10&1988-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 2. Anvil Chorus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Abanella, Milan (1991-07-01_1991-07-05&1991-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 2. La Vergine degli Angeli
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (07/06/1986-07/15/1986)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. Ronda
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (07/06/1986-07/15/1986)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. Tarantella
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (07/06/1986-07/15/1986)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. Rataplan, rataplan, della gloria
  • Performer: Dolora Zajick (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (07/06/1986-07/15/1986)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Teatro alla Scala, Milan (06/26/1987/06/29/1987)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1974-07-02_1974-07-09&1974-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Triumphal March
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1974-07-02_1974-07-09&1974-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Ballet
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1974-07-02_1974-07-09&1974-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 2. Vieni, o guerriero vindice
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Ensemble: Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1974-07-02_1974-07-09&1974-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (07/05/1976-07/09/1976); Kingsway Hall, London (07/05/1976-07/09/1976); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (07/13/1976-07/20/1976); Kingsway Hall, London (07/13/1976-07/20/1976)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 3. Ballo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (07/05/1976-07/09/1976); Kingsway Hall, London (07/05/1976-07/09/1976); No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London (07/13/1976-07/20/1976); Kingsway Hall, London (07/13/1976-07/20/1976)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La battaglia di Legnano :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (07/05/1980-07/15/1980)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 3. Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London (07/05/1980-07/15/1980)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani (The Four Seasons) :: Act 3. First Ballet - Winter
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani (The Four Seasons) :: Act 3. Second Ballet - Spring
  • Performer: John McCaw (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani (The Four Seasons) :: Act 3. Third Ballet - Summer
  • Performer: Gordon Hunt (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani (The Four Seasons) :: Act 3. Fourth Ballet - Autumn
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862