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Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)

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Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan - Verdi: Falstaff (1996)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 02:08:55 | 558 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 447 686-2

Falstaff was one of Verdi's greatest creations and this set is the finest of all reacordings of the work. Only Toscanini comes close and even then his cast is a shade less accomplished. Gobbi may not have a 'fat' voice, but his keen intelligence and magnificent shading of phrases and text more than compensates.

Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)

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Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)

Claudio Abbado - Rossini, Verdi: Overtures (1999)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 58:42 | 273 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: 28946332528

If you wonder what happened to Rossini and Verdi conducting in the vein of Toscanini, look no further that this CD. This is wonderfully stimulating playing. Abbado would become principal conductor of the London Symphony several years after this recording was made, but we find here that he already had a superb rapport with the orchestra. Andre Previn was still the principal conductor at the time, and it is interesting to hear how differently the orchestra played for him and for Abbado.

Anna Netrebko - Diva: The Very Best of Anna Netrebko (2018)

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Anna Netrebko - Diva: The Very Best of Anna Netrebko (2018)

Anna Netrebko - Diva: The Very Best of Anna Netrebko (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 322 Mb | Total time: 64:59 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 5791 | Recorded: 2003, 2006-2008, 2015, 2016, 2018

A greatest-hits album ought to stick to the middle of the road, playing to what an artist does best. Yet it ought not simply wallow in past glories: this collection from Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, arguably the best-known soprano of the present day, hits the spot and can safely be recommended to newcomers. Netrebko is at her best in core Italian repertory like Casta Diva from Bellini's Norma or Libiamo ne 'lieti calici from Verdi's La Traviata.

Claudio Abbado, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Giuseppe Verdi: Choruses & Ballet Music (1987)

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Claudio Abbado, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Giuseppe Verdi: Choruses & Ballet Music (1987)

Claudio Abbado, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala - Giuseppe Verdi: Choruses & Ballet Music: Aida, Don Carlos, Macbeth, Nabucco, Il Trovatore (1987)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 220 Mb | Total time: 52:32 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # E4194872 | Recorded: 1974-1982

Claudio Abbado hat mit diesem Werk seinem Credo alle Ehre gemacht: "Für mich ist Zuhören das Allerwichtigste: einander zuhören, zuhören, was andere Menschen zu sagen haben, auf die Musik hören.“

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Il Trovatore (2006/1988)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.11 Gb (DVD9) | 133 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Verdi can be a challenge both vocally and in terms of acting, but Pavarotti and Marton are sensational, and Milnes was still excellent although clearly near the end of his career. The lyric beauty is there side by side with the dramatic power. (Tony Adams)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

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James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)

James Levine, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Paul Plishka, Mirella Freni, Marilyn Horne - Verdi: Falstaff (2009/1992)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.46 Gb (DVD9) | 126 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This time-honoured production of Verdi's final opera, one that has seen all the greatest Falstaffs of the last four decades hold court at its convincingly shabby Garter Inn and upset the decent folk of its lovingly recreated Tudor Windsor, marked the first appearance at the Met of producer and designer Franco Zeffirelli in March 1964. The Anglophile Zeffirelli had by then made his Shakespearean reputation with a revelatory Romeo and Juliet in London - his films of this play and of The Taming of the Shrew were shortly to follow - as well as with a similar production of Falstaff at Covent Garden, and the attention to visual and psychological detail displayed in his Met Falstaff won it high praise: “a milestone in the history of operatic production in this city" was the judgement of the New York Herald Tribune.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (2006/1991)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.86 Gb (DVD9) | 137 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Verdi and his librettist had originally intended that The Masked Ball would be set in the late 18th Century setting of the court of Gustavus III of Sweden. However this was not acceptable to the censor and it was changed to an imagined colonial Boston. In this production the opera has been set in its intended Swedish setting and appropriate changes made to the text. The staging reflects the setting and the scenery has a deliberately heavy feel which accentuates the sombre atmosphere of the opera. Nonetheless, all sets and costumes are lavish – clearly the ‘Met’ does not penny pinch with its productions. In particular the final scene "A large and sumptuously decorated ballroom" accurately reflects the description and the fancy dress costumes are really splendid.

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Ernani (2006/1983)

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James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Ernani (2006/1983)

James Levine, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Ernani (2006/1983)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano | LinearPCM, 2 ch | Dolby AC3, 6 ch | DTS, 6 ch | 7.15 Gb (DVD9) | 140 min
Classical | DECCA | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

While all four solo performances are superb, one has only to sample the finale to Act I to discover what an electrifying team they make…If Pavarotti dominates by the sheer ardour of his singing, overall this is a totally gripping performance, unlikely to be surpassed on DVD. (The Penguin Guide)

Franz Welser-Most, Orchester des Opernhauses Zurich, Eva Mei, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson - Verdi: La Traviata (2006)

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Franz Welser-Most, Orchester des Opernhauses Zurich, Eva Mei, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson - Verdi: La Traviata (2006)

Franz Welser-Möst, Orchester des Opernhauses Zürich, Eva Mei, Piotr Beczala, Thomas Hampson - Verdi: La Traviata (2006)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.41 Gb (DVD9) | 128 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Italiano, English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol, Japanese

La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi very personal opera, was premiered in 1853 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The first night was a fiasco, but after a few revisions the opera set out to conquer the world. La Traviata offers no scope for grandiose crowd scenes or historical pomp. In keeping with the intimate nature of the action, Verdi’s music reflects the inner feelings of the protagonists. The heroine, whose emotional state is determined by external circumstances, is in the centre of the story of emotional upheavals. Jürgen Flimm haunting staging stays close to Verdi’s intent. He focuses on the protagonists, showing their shakiness, emotions, despair, love, sacrifice and tragedy rather than concentrating on the abysses of the Parisian demi-monde. Eva Mei and Piotr Beczala are a perfectly matched couple. Her soft and flexible soprano and his lyrical tenor, marked by excellent diction, work very well together, joined by the “golden” voice of outstanding Thomas Hampson.

Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol.3: Verdi - Aida (2005/1949)

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Arturo Toscanini  - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol.3: Verdi - Aida (2005/1949)

Arturo Toscanini - The Television Concerts 1948-52 Vol.3: Verdi - Aida (2005/1949)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.65 Gb (DVD9) | 150 min
Classical | Testament

One of the most acclaimed musicians of his era, Toscanini was a conductor of the "old school" - aristocratic, perfectionistic and something of an autocrat on the podium. After a brief flurry of interest in Fascism in the 1910s, he rapidly became disillusioned with the movement and indeed became a personal rival of Mussolini, repeatedly antagonising him through acts of artistic defiance such as refusals to open concerts with the Fascist anthem Giovinezza.

James Levine, New Philarmonia Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (1999)

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James Levine, New Philarmonia Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (1999)

James Levine, New Philarmonia Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 932 Gb | Total time: 66:26+59:12+61:36 | Scans included
Classical | Label: RCA | # 09026634922 | Recorded: 1973

Giuseppe Verdi was commissioned by the Paris Opera to write a grand opera for the Great Exhibition of 1855. The opera's subject was to be the Sicilian Vespers, the infamous massacre of the French by Sicilians in 1282 Palermo. Verdi's librettist for the work was Eugène Scribe and difficulties arose at once. Verdi, who favored lean realistic drama, was handcuffed by the French grand opera formula with its five act form, lavish choruses and ballet. The work with its original French title, 'Les Vêpres siciliennes' premiered to great acclaim but Verdi was never pleased with it. Eventually it was translated into Italian and this is the version that has survived.

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth (2003)

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John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth (2003)

John Matheson, BBC Concert Orchestra - Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 722 Mb | Total time: 76:08+56:47 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Opera Rara | ORCV301 | Recorded: 1978

This is a major release–a recording of Verdi's original version of Macbeth, composed in 1847, instead of the one we know, i.e., the 1865 revision. About a third of the score is different from the usually performed version, with Lady Macbeth singing a far more showy coloratura aria where "La luce langue" was later placed, a vastly different take on Macbeth's third-act delirium with the witches, a more conventional chorus than in 1865 to open the last act, and a final scene which is a more vivid confrontation between Macbeth and Macduff. There are also minor changes along the way which fans of the opera will enjoy comparing with Verdi's later thoughts.

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

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Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]

Yuri Temirkanov, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma - Verdi: Messa da Requiem (2012) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 29932 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 96 min + 55 (bonus) min | 40,9 Gb
Audio1: Latin / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2442 kbps / 24-bit
Classical | C Major | Sub: Latin, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

A major strength of the Parma performances has been the contribution of the theatre’s chorus. So it proves here as well. Along with the choral contribution, and that of the four soloists, I always listen carefully to hear how the conductor controls the dynamics of the opening Requiem Eternam…the thrilling Tuba Mirum…and the Dies irae and its reprise. Yuri Temirkanov, Musical Director of the Teatro Regio, passes my tests with an ethereally quiet opening. Add to this a viscerally exciting lead into the Mors stupebit…

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008/1982)

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Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008/1982)

Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, Giuseppe Taddei - Verdi: Falstaff (2008/1982)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7,59 Gb (DVD9) | 135 min
Classical | Sony Classical | Sub.: Deutsch, English, Francais

The renowned orchestra conductor Herbert von Karajan, who headed up the world famous Berlin Philharmonic between 1956 and 1989, is filmed conducting a 1982 performance of Verdi's wonderful FALSTAFF. Filmed at Salzburg's Salzburger Osterfestspiele, the performance features strong performances from stars Giuseppe Taddei, Janet Perry, and Christa Ludwig.

Yutaka Sado, Orchestre de Paris, Mireille Delunsch, Matthew Polenzani - Verdi: La Traviata (2007/2003)

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Yutaka Sado, Orchestre de Paris, Mireille Delunsch, Matthew Polenzani - Verdi: La Traviata (2007/2003)

Yutaka Sado, Orchestre de Paris, Mireille Delunsch, Matthew Polenzani - Verdi: La Traviata (2007/2003)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 7.19 Gb (DVD9) | 130 min
Classical | BelAir | Sub: Francais, English, Deutsch, Italiano, Espanol

"This is the story of a dying woman. It is written as such. This is what it tells. During the performance, this woman dies before your eyes, in what is practically a live event. There is no way to conjure the fact away. The main subject of this opera is death and there is no way to avoid that. Death with love. Love with death. One and the other, one in the other." (Peter Mussbach)