Notes & Reviews:
This recording of Verdi's Macbeth marks the completion of the Peter Moores Foundation's remarkable Opera in English series, established in 1995 with aim of making opera available to wider audiences by presenting the highest quality performances in the English language. Here a translation by Jeremy Sams is sung by an all-star cast including Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Latonia Moore as Lady Macbeth. Edward Gardner, Artistic Director of English National Opera, conducts the ENO Orchestra.
BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Even if [Moore's vocalism is brave and bold, at times Latonia Moore's Lady Macbeth could do with sharper definition and more sheer heft...Keenlyside explores the title role in depth, offering a huge variety of expression and fulfilling the potential of Verdi's notes to reveal minute nuances of character...[Gardner] brings a keenly observant eye to the score.
Financial Times, 7th June 2014
Gardner's recording has a crispness and vitality that underline his Verdian credentials...and the cohesiveness of his ensemble. Keenlyside may not sound like a Verdi baritone, but on his own intelligent terms the interpretation works. Moore's Lady M is fresh, accurate - and almost too beautiful for the famous Sleepwalking Scene.
Gramophone Magazine, June 2014
Gardner draws vibrantly dramatic results from his English National Opera forces...[Moore] is apparently unfazed by the role's difficulties and soars through her big numbers with plenty of luxurious, slightly smoky tone...[Keenlyside] doesn't command the richness of timbre...of a true Verdi baritone...[but] the performance cannot be faulted for integrity.
International Record Review, May 2014
[Keenlyside's] baritone has gained darker colours, even if he does not sound ideally placed in Verdi, yet he brings great characterization and clarity of diction to the role...[Moore] sings beautifully...but doesn't exactly impart a sense of evil or danger...The supporting cast is excellent...Gardner leads the English National Opera Orchestra in a crackling account of the score.
The Telegraph, 24th April 2014
A sharply energised and vividly dramatised performance...[Keenlyside] gives a commanding interpretation of a soldier driven by a combination of ambition and conscience...Latonia Moore sings powerfully as Lady Macbeth...But the set's most egregious virtue is the conducting of Edward Gardner, swaggering with Verdian virility.
The Times, 4th April 2014
[Keenlyside] presents a changing psychological portrait of the lure of power and evil in the title role. At first he sounds conflicted, uncertain. But one murder hardens him and Keenlyside's tone expands alongside Macbeth's resolve. No uncertainties dog Lady Macbeth in Latonia Moore's account...The young American's voice is thrillingly rich and commanding.
Recording information: Blackheath Halls, London (08/16/2013-08/23/2013).
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Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
- Conductor: Edward Gardner
- Ensemble: English National Opera Orchestra
- Notes: Blackheath Halls, London (08/16/2013-08/23/2013)
- Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1847