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Verdi, Part I

A towering presence in Italian art and perhaps the greatest composer of 19th century opera, Giuseppe Verdi is one of the most venerated figures in classical music. This week we begin a ten-part series investigating his life and music. Airing this week on a radio station near you!

Program 1

 Join us as we briefly survey of the operatic tradition that was Verdi's springboard, and begin to brush away the cobwebs of myth and mystery of Verdi's early life. 

Verdi: Act III Scene 2 Sevillana fr. Il Trovatore (excerpt)
Bournemouth Symphony/Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19

Verdi: Overture fr. Nabucco (excerpt)
Berlin Phil/Abbado
DG 457627
1:01, 7:29

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (excerpt)
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir/Gardiner
Archiv 419250

Rossini: “Resta Immobile” fr. William Tell (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Erede; Gobbi, bar.
EMI 63109

Bellini: “Ah, non credea mirarti” fr. La Sonambula (excerpt)
Orchestra La Scintilla/Adam Fischer; Cecilia Bartoli, ms.
Decca 475907-7

Donizetti: “Chi Mi Frena In Tal Momento” fr. Lucia Di Lammermoor
Orchestra of the Royal House/Richard Bonynge; Pavarotti, ten.; Milnes, bar.; Sutherland, s.; Davies, ; Poli, bar.; Davies, bass
Lon 410193

Verdi: Overture to Un Giorno di Regno
Royal Phil/Lamberto Gardelli
Phil 422429

Verdi: “Gli Arredi Festivi” fr. Nabucco
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846

Verdi: “Va, Pensiero” fr. Nabucco
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846

Verdi: “O fatidica foresta” fr. Joan of Arc
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda; Netrebko, soprano
DG 4791052

Verdi: I Lombardi: Act III (excerpt)
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini; Mischakoff, v.
RCA 67893

Verdi: “O Signore, Dal Tetto Natio” fr. I Lombardi
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Riccardo Muti
EMI 69846

Program 2

 As Bill would say, "Man that boy wrote a lot of music!" On Tuesday we explore the  nooks and crannies of Verdi's repertoire, including a trip to Medieval Spain, Shakespeare's Scotland, and even France!

Giuseppe Verdi: “Qui! Qui!, dove piu s'apre” fr. Giovanna D'Arco
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda; Anna Netrebko, s.
DG 001881810

Verdi: Ernani - Act 1: Prelude
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 47082

Verdi: “Un Patto! Un Giuramento! Si Ridesti Il Leon Di Castiglia” fr. Ernani
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69847

Verdi: “Ernani! Ernani, Involami” fr. Ernani
Philharmonia Of Russia Verdi/ Orbelian; Sondra Radvanovsky, s.
Delos 3404

Verdi: “Del Ciel Límmensa Volta” fr. Attila
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846

Verdi: “Chi Dona Luce Al Cor?” “Urli, Rapine” & “Viva Il Re
Delle Mille Foreste” fr. Attila

Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846

Verdi: Macbeth - Prelude to Act I
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra Verdi/Muti
EMI 167452

Verdi: “Patria Oppressa!” fr. Macbeth
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 167452

Verdi: “Una Macchia È Qui Tuttora…” fr. MacBeth
St. Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus/Schippers; Giuseppe
Taddei, Birgit Nilsson, etc.
Lon 433034

Verdi: “Perfidi! All'anglo contro me v'unite!” fr. MacBeth
Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciana/Pablo Hera-Casado; Placido Domingo, bar.
Sony 373322

Verdi: MacBeth- Act lll, Scene 1 Witches Dance
Bournemouth Symphony/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818-19
2:25, 1:07

Program 3

Rumor has it that a hundred thousand voices rose in song at Verdi's funeral, but don't worry, we haven't finished our week on Verdi just yet, but on Wednesday we do investigate some of Verdi's most stirring opera choruses.

Verdi: “Le Rube, Gli Stupri” fr. I Masnadieri, Act III
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226

Verdi: Overture to Il Corsaro
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra/Muti
Sony 6237

Verdi: Overture to Luisa Miller
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine
Sony 48073

Verdi: “Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto” fr. Luisa Miller
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine; Vladimir Chernov, bar.
Sony 7581382

Verdi: “Squilli, Echeggi La Tromba” fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226

Verdi: “Tacea La Notte Placida” fr. Il Trovatore, Act I
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Leontyne Price, s.
RCA 39504

Verdi: “Il balen del suo sorriso” fr. Il Travatore, Act II
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Sherill Milnes, bar.
RCA 39504

Verdi: “Di Quella Pira” fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini; Jussi Björling, t.
RCA 6643

Verdi: “Di quella pira" fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale/Fiorentino; Luciano Pavarotti, ten.
Lon 430694

Verdi: Act III, Scene 2 Sevillana fr. Il Trovatore
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818

Verdi: "Stride la vampa!...Mesta è la tua canzon!" fr. Il Trovatore
LSO/Bonynge; Horne, ms.
Lon 417137

Verdi: “Ai Nostri Monti...” fr. Il Trovatore, Act IV, Scene 2
Enrico Caruso, ten.; Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto
Opera d’Oro

Verdi: “Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie” fr. Il Trovatore Act II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226

Verdi: “D’amor sull’ali rosee” fr. Il Trovatore (excerpt)
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Mehta; Price, s.
RCA 39504

Program 4
Could it get any better than Verdi's Rigoletto and La Traviata? Bill sure doesn't think so. Listen to Wednesday's program and enjoy some of the most popular classical music on earth.

Giuseppe Verdi: "Questa o quella" fr. Rigoletto
Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra & Chorus/Sinopoli; Neil Shicoff, ten.
Philips 468178

Verdi: “Caro Nome - e La...Miratela” fr. Rigoletto
Orchestra Santa Cecilia/Sinopoli; Edita Gruberová, s.
Philips 468178

Verdi: “La Donna E Mobile” fr. Rigoletto, Act III
Orch; Jussi Björling, ten.
EMI 64707

Verdi: Prelude to La Traviata, Act I
Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti
EMI Classics 09695

Verdi: “Dell'Invito Trascorsa E Gia L'Ora” and “Libiamo Ne' Lieti Calici” fr. La Traviata, Act I
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti; Renata Scotto, sop.; Alfredo Krause, ten.
EMI 62503

Verdi: “Ah, Fors'E Lui”, “Follie! Follie! Delirio Vano E  Questo!” and “Sempre Libera” fr. La Traviata
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti; Renata Scotto, sop.; Alfredo Krause, ten.
EMI 62503

Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata - Act 2: “Di Provenza Il Mar, Il Suol”
Orquestra De La Comunitat Valenciana/Pablo Heras-Casado; Plácido Domingo, ten.
Sony 373312

Verdi: “Parigi, O Cara” fr. La Traviata
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti; Renata Scotto, sop.; Alfredo Krause, ten.
EMI 62503

Verdi: La Traviata; Act III, Finale- “Ah, Violetta!” & “Prendi, quest'e l'immagine”
Riccardo: Philhamonia Orchestra/Muti; Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, etc.;
EMI 62503

Program 5
Despite Verdi being known for his work in an art form intimately connected with language, his music transcends words. To end our first week on Verdi, we explore some of his greatest overtures

Giuseppe Verdi: Overture to Il Vespri Siciliani
Berliner Philharmoniker/Claudio Abbado
DG 457627

Verdi: “Posa In Pace” fr. Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Solti
London 430226

Verdi: “Ecco L'Orrido Campo...Ma Dall'Arido Stelo Divulsa” fr. Un Ballo In Maschera,
Act II
Philharmonia Of Russia/Constantine Orbelian; Sondra Radvanovsky, s.
Delos 3404

Verdi: Canzone- "Di' Tu Se Fedele" fr. Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I
Parma Opera Orchestra/Morandi; Jonas Kaufmann, t.
Sony 549200

Verdi: Overture to La Forza Del Destino
Milan Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Decca B0081090-02

Verdi: “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio” fr. La Forza Del Destino
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Thomas Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
Lon 001742502

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor: I. Allegro
Quartetto Italiano- Paolo Borciani, v.; Elisa Pegreffi, v.; Lionello Forzanti, vla.; Franco Rossi, vc.
Decca 001806202


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