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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
:44

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
:29

Rossini: “Resta Immobile” fr. William Tell (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Erede; Gobbi, bar.
EMI 63109
1:45

Bellini: “Ah, non credea mirarti” fr. La Sonambula (excerpt)
Orchestra La Scintilla/Adam Fischer; Cecilia Bartoli, ms.
Decca 475907-7
2:20

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
3:46

Verdi: Overture to Un Giorno di Regno
Royal Phil/Lamberto Gardelli
Phil 422429
5:30

Verdi: “Gli Arredi Festivi” fr. Nabucco
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
5:10

Verdi: “Va, Pensiero” fr. Nabucco
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
4:54

Verdi: “O fatidica foresta” fr. Joan of Arc
Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino/Noseda; Netrebko, soprano
DG 4791052
2:15

Verdi: I Lombardi: Act III (excerpt)
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Toscanini; Mischakoff, v.
RCA 67893
4:40

Verdi: “O Signore, Dal Tetto Natio” fr. I Lombardi
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Riccardo Muti
EMI 69846
3:54

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
2:32

Verdi: Ernani - Act 1: Prelude
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 47082
3:39

Verdi: “Un Patto! Un Giuramento! Si Ridesti Il Leon Di Castiglia” fr. Ernani
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69847
2:11

Verdi: “Ernani! Ernani, Involami” fr. Ernani
Philharmonia Of Russia Verdi/ Orbelian; Sondra Radvanovsky, s.
Delos 3404
8:10

Verdi: “Del Ciel Límmensa Volta” fr. Attila
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 69846
8:07

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
5:21

Verdi: Macbeth - Prelude to Act I
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra Verdi/Muti
EMI 167452
3:13

Verdi: “Patria Oppressa!” fr. Macbeth
Orchestra & Chorus Of La Scala Milan/Muti
EMI 167452
6:51

Verdi: “Una Macchia È Qui Tuttora…” fr. MacBeth
St. Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Chorus/Schippers; Giuseppe
Taddei, Birgit Nilsson, etc.
Lon 433034
6:36

Verdi: “Perfidi! All'anglo contro me v'unite!” fr. MacBeth
Orquestra de la Communitat Valenciana/Pablo Hera-Casado; Placido Domingo, bar.
Sony 373322
5:18

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
2:51

Verdi: Overture to Il Corsaro
La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra/Muti
Sony 6237
2:40

Verdi: Overture to Luisa Miller
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine
Sony 48073
5:30

Verdi: “Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto” fr. Luisa Miller
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/James Levine; Vladimir Chernov, bar.
Sony 7581382
3:00

Verdi: “Squilli, Echeggi La Tromba” fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226
2:54

Verdi: “Tacea La Notte Placida” fr. Il Trovatore, Act I
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Leontyne Price, s.
RCA 39504
5:35

Verdi: “Il balen del suo sorriso” fr. Il Travatore, Act II
New Philharmonia/Mehta; Sherill Milnes, bar.
RCA 39504
3:33

Verdi: “Di Quella Pira” fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
RCA Victor Orchestra/Renato Cellini; Jussi Björling, t.
RCA 6643
2:05

Verdi: “Di quella pira" fr. Il Trovatore, Act III
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale/Fiorentino; Luciano Pavarotti, ten.
Lon 430694
3:03

Verdi: Act III, Scene 2 Sevillana fr. Il Trovatore
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Jose Serebrier
Naxos 8.572818
4:07

Verdi: "Stride la vampa!...Mesta è la tua canzon!" fr. Il Trovatore
LSO/Bonynge; Horne, ms.
Lon 417137
5:16

Verdi: “Ai Nostri Monti...” fr. Il Trovatore, Act IV, Scene 2
Enrico Caruso, ten.; Ernestine Schumann-Heink, contralto
Opera d’Oro
4:24

Verdi: “Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie” fr. Il Trovatore Act II
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Georg Solti
Lon 430226
2:44

Verdi: “D’amor sull’ali rosee” fr. Il Trovatore (excerpt)
New Philharmonia Orchestra/Mehta; Price, s.
RCA 39504
2:08

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
1:44

Verdi: “Caro Nome - e La...Miratela” fr. Rigoletto
Orchestra Santa Cecilia/Sinopoli; Edita Gruberová, s.
Philips 468178
7:16

Verdi: “La Donna E Mobile” fr. Rigoletto, Act III
Orch; Jussi Björling, ten.
EMI 64707
2:12

Verdi: Prelude to La Traviata, Act I
Philharmonia Orchestra/Muti
EMI Classics 09695
3:51

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
7:33

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
9:55

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
4:21

Verdi: “Parigi, O Cara” fr. La Traviata
Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Chorus/Muti; Renata Scotto, sop.; Alfredo Krause, ten.
EMI 62503
4:07

Verdi: La Traviata; Act III, Finale- “Ah, Violetta!” & “Prendi, quest'e l'immagine”
Riccardo: Philhamonia Orchestra/Muti; Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, etc.;
EMI 62503
6:09

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
9:26

Verdi: “Posa In Pace” fr. Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Solti
London 430226
1:15

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
9:08

Verdi: Canzone- "Di' Tu Se Fedele" fr. Un Ballo In Maschera, Act I
Parma Opera Orchestra/Morandi; Jonas Kaufmann, t.
Sony 549200
3:25

Verdi: Overture to La Forza Del Destino
Milan Symphony Orchestra/Chailly
Decca B0081090-02
3:13

Verdi: “Pace, Pace, Mio Dio” fr. La Forza Del Destino
RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra/Thomas Schippers; Leontyne Price, s.
Lon 001742502
5:17

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor: I. Allegro
Quartetto Italiano- Paolo Borciani, v.; Elisa Pegreffi, v.; Lionello Forzanti, vla.; Franco Rossi, vc.
Decca 001806202
7:13
 

 

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