Grandioso!: Great Verdi Recordings from Caruso to Pavarotti

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Historic recordings from Deutsche Grammophon's vaults have been gathered in this seven-CD box set, Grandioso!: Great Verdi Recordings from Caruso to Pavarotti, and this is a treat for opera connoisseurs, marking the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. The recordings encapsulated here date from a 1903 recording of Francesco Tamagno singing brief excerpts from "Otello," to Luciano Pavarotti's 1964 recording of "Parmi veder le lagrime" from "Rigoletto," with many outstanding performances in between. The roster of great singers includes Renata Tebaldi, Grace Bumbry, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Giuseppe di Stefano, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Alexander Kipnis, Hans ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Historic recordings from Deutsche Grammophon's vaults have been gathered in this seven-CD box set, Grandioso!: Great Verdi Recordings from Caruso to Pavarotti, and this is a treat for opera connoisseurs, marking the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. The recordings encapsulated here date from a 1903 recording of Francesco Tamagno singing brief excerpts from "Otello," to Luciano Pavarotti's 1964 recording of "Parmi veder le lagrime" from "Rigoletto," with many outstanding performances in between. The roster of great singers includes Renata Tebaldi, Grace Bumbry, Joan Sutherland, Carlo Bergonzi, Giuseppe di Stefano, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Alexander Kipnis, Hans Hotter, and the most famous of all, Enrico Caruso, among other legends of the early years of operatic recordings, their voices carefully preserved by Deutsche Grammophon and Decca. Naturally, the original recordings varied greatly in sound quality and states of analog technology, so this set is best suited to collectors of historic recordings and dedicated fans of Verdi's works.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947918844
  • Catalog Number: 001928802
  • Sales rank: 192,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aida, opera: Act 1. Preludio - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (4:08)
  2. 2 Aida, opera: Act 1. Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (4:27)
  3. 3 Aida, opera: Act 1. Ritorna vincitor! - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:27)
  4. 4 Aida, opera: Act 1. I sacri nomi - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:41)
  5. 5 Aida, opera: Act 1. Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta... Pi - Giuseppe Verdi & Alberto Erede (7:37)
  6. 6 Aida, opera: Act 1. Qui Radamès verrà!... O patria mia - Giuseppe Verdi & Bruno Bartoletti (6:31)
  7. 7 Aida, opera: Act 1. Danza sacra delle sacerdotesse - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (2:17)
  8. 8 Aida, opera: Act 2. Danza di piccoli schiavi mori - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (1:30)
  9. 9 Aida, opera: Act 2. Ballabile - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (4:39)
  10. 10 Aroldo, opera: Oh, cielo! ove son io! - Giuseppe Verdi & Bruno Bartoletti (8:59)
  11. 11 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Re dell'abisso, affrettati! - Giuseppe Verdi & Grace Bumbry (4:20)
  12. 12 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Ma dell'arido stelo divulsa - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (4:52)
  13. 13 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:58)
  14. 14 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Volta la terrea fronte alle stelle - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:03)
  15. 15 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Saper vorreste - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (1:56)
  16. 16 Don Carlo, opera: Ella giammai m'amò! - Kim Borg & Giuseppe Verdi (10:47)
  17. 17 Don Carlo, opera: O don fatale - Giuseppe Verdi & Grace Bumbry (4:22)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Don Carlo, opera: Per me giunto è il di supremo - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:47)
  2. 2 Don Carlo, opera: Tu che le vanità - Giuseppe Verdi & Grace Bumbry (10:13)
  3. 3 Ernani, opera: Mercé, diletti amici... Come rugiada al cespite - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (3:23)
  4. 4 Ernani, opera: Surta è la notte... Ernani, involami - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (8:03)
  5. 5 Falstaff, opera: Sul fil d'un soffio etesio - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:33)
  6. 6 La forza del destino, opera: Sinfonia - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (7:00)
  7. 7 La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest'ora - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:52)
  8. 8 La forza del destino, opera: Morir! Tremenda cosa!... Urna fatale - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (8:00)
  9. 9 Giovanna d'Arco, opera: Sinfonia - Igor Markevitch & Giuseppe Verdi (8:05)
  10. 10 Luisa Miller, opera: Sinfonia - Igor Markevitch & Giuseppe Verdi (5:34)
  11. 11 Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid - Giuseppe Verdi & Bruno Bartoletti (5:09)
  12. 12 Macbeth, opera: Act 3. Ballabile - Igor Markevitch & Giuseppe Verdi (10:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Macbeth, opera: O figli, o figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano - Giuseppe Verdi & Alberto Erede (3:16)
  2. 2 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Sinfonia - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (7:42)
  3. 3 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Ben io t'invenni... Anch'io dischiuso un giorno... - Giuseppe Verdi & Giovanni Foiani (11:07)
  4. 4 Otello, opera: Esultate! L'orgoglio musulmano - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (1:18)
  5. 5 Otello, opera: Ora e per sempre addio - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:03)
  6. 6 Otello, opera: Act 3. Ballabili - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (6:11)
  7. 7 Otello, opera: Dio! mi potevi scagliar - Giuseppe Verdi & Bruno Bartoletti (3:59)
  8. 8 Otello, opera: Niun mi tema - Giuseppe Verdi & Bruno Bartoletti (5:20)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:12)
  10. 10 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:21)
  11. 11 Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome - Giuseppe Verdi & Pierrette Alarie (6:18)
  12. 12 Rigoletto, opera: Parmi veder le lagrime - Giuseppe Verdi & Edward Downes (2:37)
  13. 13 Rigoletto, opera: Pari siamo! - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:39)
  14. 14 Rigoletto, opera: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (4:17)
  15. 15 Rigoletto, opera: Tutte le feste al tempio - Giuseppe Verdi & Kurt Böhme (9:33)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Simon Boccanegra, opera: A te l'estremo addio... Il lacerato spirito - Kim Borg & Giuseppe Verdi (4:51)
  2. 2 La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Preludio - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (3:58)
  3. 3 La Traviata, opera: Lunge da laei... De' miei bollenti spiriti - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (4:00)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Di Provenza il mar, il suol - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (4:43)
  5. 5 La Traviata, opera: Act 3. Preludio - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (4:05)
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo - Giuseppe Verdi & Peter Anders (3:29)
  7. 7 Il Trovatore, opera: Che più t'arresti?... Tacea la notte placida - Giuseppe Verdi & Armanda Bonato (8:27)
  8. 8 Il Trovatore, opera: Il balen del suo sorriso... Per me, ora fatale - Giuseppe Verdi & Ettore Bastianini (6:01)
  9. 9 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Enrico Caruso & Giuseppe Verdi (1:41)
  10. 10 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Ouverture - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (8:36)
  11. 11 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): O Patria, o cara patria... O tu, Palermo - Kim Borg & Giuseppe Verdi (7:38)
  12. 12 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Mercé, dilette amiche - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (3:55)
  13. 13 Lo spazzacamino ("Son d'aspetto brutto e nero"), song for voice & piano - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:52)
Disc 5
  1. 1–15 Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem) - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (92:30)
Disc 6
  1. 5–8 Sacred Pieces (4), for chorus & orchestra (Quattro pezzi sacri) - Giuseppe Verdi & Ferenc Fricsay (39:18)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Aida, opera: Schon sind die Priester all' vereint - Giuseppe Verdi & Margarete Arndt-Ober (3:22)
  2. 2 Aida, opera: Wehe, mein Vater! / Zu dir führt mich ein ernster - Giuseppe Verdi & Hans Hotter (7:15)
  3. 3 Don Carlo, opera: Sie hat mich nie geliebt - Giuseppe Verdi & Alexander Kipnis (7:40)
  4. 4 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Welche Klage muss ich nun vernehmen? - Kim Borg & Giuseppe Verdi (3:46)
  5. 5 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Flieg, Gedanke, getragen von Sehnsucht - Giuseppe Verdi & Georg Hann (8:17)
  6. 6 Otello, opera: Ich glaube an einen Gott - Giuseppe Verdi & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (4:22)
  7. 7 Otello, opera: Zur Nachtzeit war es - Giuseppe Verdi & Bavarian State Orchestra, Munich (3:07)
  8. 8 Rigoletto, opera: Freundlich blick' ich auf diese und jene - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:03)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: Ach wie so trügerisch - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:08)
  10. 10 Rigoletto, opera: Feile Sklaven, ihr habt sie verhandelt - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (4:30)
  11. 11 Rigoletto, opera: Als Tänzerin erschienst du mir - Giuseppe Verdi & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (6:22)
  12. 12 La Traviata, opera: Ach, wird doch einmal mir zuteil... Von der Freude - Giuseppe Verdi & Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (7:31)
  13. 13 Il Trovatore, opera: Lodernde Flammen schlagen zum Himmel auf - Giuseppe Verdi & Karin Branzell (2:54)
  14. 14 Il Trovatore, opera: Ihres Auges himmlisch Strahlen - Giuseppe Verdi & Merle Kersten (2:59)
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