3 Jan 2013

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

From Composer of the Week, 9:15 am on 3 January 2013
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi Photo: Public Domain

 

Clarissa Dunn provides a fascinating insight into Verdi the man: politician, philanthropist and opera producer, as well as a talented composer.

This feature was recorded at the time of the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth.

For further information, try these books:

Verdi by Joseph Wechsberg ISBN 0 297 76818 2
Italian Opera by William Weaver ISBN 0 500 01240 7
Singers of Italian Opera: The History of a Profession by John Rosselli
ISBN 0 521 41683 3

Music Details:

VERDI: Sul Fil D'Un Soffio Etesio, from Act 3 of Falstaff  - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo (sopranos), Tito Gobbi, Rolando Panerai (baritones), etc, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/ Herbert Von Karajan (EMI CDS 49668)
VERDI: Prelude to Act 3, from La Traviata - Royal Opera House Orchestra / Georg Solti (Decca 448 119)
VERDI: Prestissimo, from String Quartet No 3 in E Minor  - Leipzig Quartet (MDG 307 1495)
VERDI: Va' Pensiero, from Nabucco - Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala /Claudio Abbado (DG 459 064)
VERDI: Au revoir dans un monde, from Don Carlos - Roberto Alagna (ten), Karita Mattila (sop), José Van Dam (bbar), Eric Halfvarson (bbar), Csaba Airizer (bass), Châtelet Theatre Chorus, Paris Orch/ Antonio Pappano (EMI CDS 5 56152)
VERDI: Cortigiani, Vil Razza Dannata, from Act 2 of Rigoletto - Piero Cappuccilli (bari), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus / Carlo Maria Giulini (DG 415 288)
VERDI: Follie! Delirio Vano È Questo!... Sempre Libera, from Act 1 of La Traviata - Angela Gheorghiu (sop), Frank Lopardo (tenor), Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus / Georg Solti (Decca 448 119)
VERDI: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido, from Act 1 of Aïda - Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Grace Bumbry, Sherrill Milnes, Ruggero Raimondi, John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf (RCA 6198 – 2RC)
VERDI: Sacred Dance of the Priestesses, from Act 1 of Aïda - John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra / Erich Leinsdorf (RCA 6198 – 2RC)
VERDI: Agnus Dei, from Requiem Mass - Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Christa Ludwig, Nicolai Gedda, Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus / Carlo Maria Giulini (EMI CDS 747257)
VERDI: Questa O Quella, from Rigoletto - Carlo Bergonzi tenor, New Philharmonia Orchestra / Nello Santi (Philips 475 6169)