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50 Best Verdi: CD One: Tenors & Baritones; CD Two: Soparnos & Mezzos; CD Three: Choruses

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
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Notes & Reviews:

This 3-CD set contains 100 tracks from the most familiar and best-loved works by the iconic Italian operatic composer Giuseppe Verdi, performed by many of the world's leading singers, choruses, orchestras and conductors. Verdi's operas are a mainstay of the current repertoire of opera houses all over the world. Some of his music has become absorbed into popular culture from being used in TV advertisements and film soundtracks, as well as being performed by the most famous classical singers of the day in concerts and on records.

50 Best is a series of 3-CD sets which feature genres of music ranging from symphonies and solo instrumental works to chamber music and operas. This next installment of five releases features everything from the greatest American Classics to a collection of Wagner's greatest works.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 1. Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 2. Lunge da lei... De' miei bollenti spiriti... O mio rimorso
  • Performers: Rolando Villazón (Tenor); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol
  • Performers: Renato Bruson (Baritone); Renato Bruson (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Act 1. Di' tu se fedele
  • Performers: Nicolai Gedda; Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Act 3. Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'è forza perderti
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Questa o quella
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Pari siamo
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. La donna è mobile
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Act 2. Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placido
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 4. O figli, o figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano
  • Performers: José Carreras (Tenor); José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 2. Il balen del suo sorriso
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 3. Ah sì, ben mio
  • Performers: Franco Bonisolli (Tenor); Franco Bonisolli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 3. Di quella pira
  • Performers: Franco Bonisolli (Tenor); Franco Bonisolli (Tenor); Horst Nitsche (Tenor); Horst Nitsche (Tenor); Leontyne Price (Soprano); Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata :: Act 1. La mia letizia
  • Performers: Rolando Villazón (Tenor); Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Marcello Viotti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Act 1. Fontainebleau! Forêt immense et solitaire!
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem :: Ingemisco
  • Performers: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. La vita è inferno... O tu che in seno agli angeli
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi; Carlo Bergonzi
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4. Niun mi tema
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: John Barker
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Act 1. L'onore! Ladri!
  • Performers: Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. E strano!... Ah, fors'è lui...
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 1. Follie! Follie!... Sempre libera
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Natalie Dessay (Soprano); Natalie Dessay (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Evelino Pidò
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 3. Teneste la promessa... Addio del passato
  • Performers: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome
  • Performers: Benito Bella (Voice); Benito Bella (Voice); Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass); Alfredo Giacomotti (Bass); Reri Grist (Soprano); Reri Grist (Soprano); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 2. Condotta ell'era in ceppi
  • Performers: Franco Corelli (Tenor); Franco Corelli (Tenor); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano); Giulietta Simionato (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 4. D'amor sull'ali rosee
  • Performers: Leontyne Price (Soprano); Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 2. La luce langue
  • Performers: Maria Callas; Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Act 1. Zitti... Re del abisso
  • Performers: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano); Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Act 2. Ecco l'orrido campo... Ma dell'arido stelo divulsa
  • Performers: Martina Arroyo (Soprano); Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Act 4. O don fatale
  • Performers: Yelena Obraztsova (Mezzo-soprano); Yelena Obraztsova (Mezzo-soprano)
  • Conductor: Robin Stapleton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 4. Pace, pace, mio Dio!
  • Performers: Mirella Freni; Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 1. Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performers: Maria Callas; Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Nicola Rescigno
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 3. Qui Radamès verrà... O patria mia
  • Performers: Montserrat Caballé; Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4. Ave Maria
  • Performers: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 2. Vedi le fosche notturne (Anvil Chorus)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il trovatore :: Act 3. Or co'dadi... Squilli, echeggi la tromba guerriera
  • Performers: Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Act 1. Gli arredi festivi
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Act 3. Va, pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Zitti, zitti (Chorus of Courtiers)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle (Chorus of Gypsies)
  • Performers: Keith Erwen (Tenor); Keith Erwen (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Aldo Ceccato
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Act 2. Di Madride noi siam mattadori (Chorus of Matadors)
  • Performers: Keith Erwen (Tenor); Keith Erwen (Tenor); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Aldo Ceccato
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata :: Act 3. Gerusalem! Gerusalem!
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi alla prima crociata :: Act 4. O Signore, dal tetto natio (Pilgrim's Chorus)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 4. Patria oppressa (Chorus of Scottish Refugees)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani :: Act 5. Si celebri alfine tra canti, tra fior
  • Conductor: Richard Armstrong
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. Nella guerra è la follia
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 1. Fuoco di gioia (Fire Chorus)
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Act 3. Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem :: Dies irae
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem :: Sanctus
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Gloria all'Egitto (Triumphal Scene and Grand March)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871