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Verdi, Giuseppe, Part II

Join us for the second part of our two-week series featuring Verdi with more of his operas and other works, both iconic and underappreciated.  Verdi takes on Italian painters, Egyptian princesses, and composes perhaps the grandest requiem ever written. Rumor has it that at Verdi's funeral a hundred thousand voices rose in song as Toscanini conducted the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from his opera Nabucco.

Program 1

This program teaches us the danger of mixing romance and politics with Verdi's Don Carlo and Aida. 

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo (excerpts)
Royal Opera House/Giulini; Plácido Domingo, ten.; Montserrat Caballé, s.; soloists
EMI 66850
1:17, 17:04, 11:22

Verdi: "Se Quel Guerrier Io fossi!...Celeste Aida" fr. Aida, Act I
Orchestra dell’ Opera di Parma/Morandi; Kauffman, ten.
Sony 49204
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Verdi: Aida (excerpts)
Rome Opera House Orchestra & Chorus/Solti; Vickers, ten.; Price, sop.; soloists
Decca 417416
:34, 5:06, 9:41

Program 2

We begin our exploration of Verdi's requiem with heroic percussion, a fiery Dies Irae, and Toscanini & Muti conducting. Don't miss it!

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Da Requiem: Requiem & Kyrie
NBC Symphony Orchestra/Arturo Toscanini; Herva Nelli, s.; Fedora Barbieri, ms; Giuseppe Di Stefano, t.; Cesare Siepi, b.
RCA 72373

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Dies Irae
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t. Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
38:35, 2:14

Program 3

A trumpet call, a double fugue and we're off. We finish our exploration of Verdi's Requiem and listen to Verdi's lesser known string quartet.

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem: Offertorio, Sanctus, Angus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Libera Me
Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Riccardo Muti; Mario Zeffiri, t.; Olga Borodina, s.
CSO Resound 901-1006
41:12, 3:39

Verdi: String Quartet in E Minor, III & IV
Quartetto Italiano (Paolo Borciani & Elisa Pegreffi, v.; Lionello Forzanti, vla.; Franco Rossi, vc.)
Amadeus- Quartetto Italiano, The Early Recordings
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Program 4

Verdi was a composer who just couldn't quit, and the same is true for Exploring Music. On Thursday, we see Shakespeare's Othello through Verdi's eyes.  

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello: Act I, II & IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti
CSO Resound 9011301
8:02, 12:18, 5:12, 5:12, 2:36, 16:26

Program 5

Friday is our last day celebrating Verdi, and boy do we go out with a bang.  Join us for the heart wrenching end of Otello and the glorious Falstaff!

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello- Act IV (excerpts)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Muti; soloists
CSO Resound 9011303

Verdi: Falstaff- Act I (excerpts), Act III (excerpts)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra & Radio Chorus/Solti; Van Dam, bs. bar.; soloists
Lon 440650
9:18, 15:43, 7:36

Verdi: “Quand'ero paggio” fr. Falstaff (excerpt)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Alberto Erede; Tito Gobbi, bar.
EMI 67162


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