|Giuseppe Verdi, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra|
Viva Verdi! A 100th Anniversary Celebration
It's rare for sampler albums to demonstrate originality, but Decca's Giuseppe Verdi compilation honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer's death in 1901 goes beyond putting a smorgasbord of Verdiana on your plate. I... more »
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It's rare for sampler albums to demonstrate originality, but Decca's Giuseppe Verdi compilation honoring the 100th anniversary of the composer's death in 1901 goes beyond putting a smorgasbord of Verdiana on your plate. Its lavishly illustrated 100-page book includes a potted bio of the composer and sections on each of his operas, along with Universal's complete Verdi catalog (but no texts or translations). The discs contain samples from each opera, arranged in chronological order, featuring most of the top singers of the past 40 years. They're all here, from the Three Tenors to their betters, like Jon Vickers, whose powerfully sung "Celeste Aida" is a demonstration of individuality at the service of character portrayal, and Carlo Bergonzi, whose two selections (arias from Giovanna del Arco and Les Vêspres siciliennes) are magnificent demonstrations of the true Verdi style. And this is not just another Great Hits compilation, for many of the operas are represented by rarely heard arias and ensemble pieces. The result: a neat introduction to Verdi's glorious music for neophytes and a nice supplement for Verdians, who will discover new aspects to the Bard of romantic opera. --Dan Davis
A fine CD for a great celebration
Erick Zermegno Morales | Mexico City | 11/28/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As part of celebrations for the Verdi's centennial, Universal seal has edited this excelent antology.This 2CD album is presented chronologicaly with representative hightlights of all Verdi's operas since Oberto to Falstaff including the Messa di Requiem, all with superb performers.Some opera super stars that appears in this collection are: Cossotto, Caballé, Domingo, Pavarotti, Carreras, Bergonzi, Fischer-Dieskau, et al. This collection is presented with an illustratedlibretto in couché paper. Includes a brief Verdi's bio, with a good text about each opera that the Roncole genius composed that appear here in hightlights. This collection brings a new panorama of the all Verdi's work and is an excelent choice for this big celebration."
An incredible celebration! Viva Verdi!
Carlos Fuentes y Espinosa | Mexico´s city, Mexico | 12/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album which is celebrating Verdi's works, is wonderful. I could say these cds present the best singers of our times singing Verdi's operas. I also noticed that here we can hear many less known works. In fact, almost all the Verdi's operas are contained in this magnificent album. As the title says: " a great celebration""
An excellent little compilation
Peter Hilliard | Roslyn, PA United States | 05/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great little set, better in its breadth than its depth. I came to appreciate this collection when I was putting together a score for a show entitled: "Eat your greens; The complete operas of Verdi performed in 20 minutes by a cast of vegetables" Let me assure you, when you're trying to get every Verdi opera down to 20 or so seconds and score it with a pithy arrangement of a passage, you're going to need someone to narrow it down to about one number per opera for the bulk of the shows. If I wasn't able to reference this, I would have had to look much harder and spent a lot more money to get things like the complete Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio and Alzira. This collection provided me with stellar recordings of the cream of each Verdi opera, all well recorded by major artists. In addition to this admittedly obscure usage, the collection provides a splendid overview of Verdi's truly massive career, from his early beginnings, where he nearly out-Rossinis Rossini (if that were possible) to his colossal Requiem, Falstaff, and Otello, which are arguably Wagnerian in scope and ambition. Short of a college course, and the Budden book, I can't think of any better way to internalize his acheivement than to listen to this superbly compiled and elegantly packaged delight. I recommend it highly."