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Essential Verdi - 40 of His Greatest Masterpieces

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I masnadieri
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I due Foscari
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2001 is the Verdi Year - Verdi's 100th Anniversary. "Essential Verdi" is packed with 40 selections from the great Verdi operas sung by the greatest opera stars.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Overture
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Kirov Theater Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Un di felice
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); Joan Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani :: Merc, dilette amiche (Bolero)
  • Performer: Maria Chiara (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo ne'lieti calici (Brindisi)
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); Joan Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Di quella pira
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie (Anvil Chorus)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Stride la vampa!
  • Performer: Stefania Toczyska (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Dio, che nell'alma infondere
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Voice); Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Prelude
  • Conductor: John Pritchard
  • Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Caro nome
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: O don fatale
  • Performer: Olga Borodina (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Ernani!, Ernani, involami
  • Performer: Joan Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Di tu se fedele
  • Performer: Jussi Björling (Voice)
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Morrò, ma prima in grazia
  • Performer: Margaret Price (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Quando le sere al placido
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Vienna Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Gloria all'Egitto (Grand March)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Dies irae (excerpt)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Pace, pace, mio Dio!
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
  • Ensemble: Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Questa o quella
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Bella figlia dell'amore (Quartet)
  • Performers: Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor); Joan Sutherland (Voice)
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Ave Maria
  • Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Parigi, o cara
  • Performers: Frank Lopardo (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Ah, la paterna mano
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Vienna Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Squilli, echeggi la tromba guerriera
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: O Carlo, ascolta (Morte di Rodrigo)
  • Performer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Bernard Haitink
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Requiem Mass :: Ingemisco
  • Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Simon Boccanegra :: Come in quest'ora bruna
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa (Voice)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Salve, o Re!... Si colmi il calice (Brindisi)
  • Performers: Lucia Aliberti (Voice); Neil Shicoff (Tenor); Mara Zampieri (Soprano); Renato Bruson (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: O patria mia
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I lombardi :: La mia letizia infondere
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I masnadieri :: Lo sguardo avea degli angeli
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Solenne in quest'ora
  • Performers: Gegham Grigorian (Voice); Nikolai Putilin (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Kirov Theater Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Patria oppressa
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Tacea la notte
  • Performer: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I due Foscari :: Dal piú remoto esilio... Odio solo, ed odio atroce
  • Performers: Mieczyslaw Antoniak (Tenor); José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlos :: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Auto-da-fé Chorus) (Excerpt)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884