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CHAN 10343
(multiple CD Set)

Verdi: Complete Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2005

Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


Sir Edward Downes



Venue:

Studio 7, New Broadcasting House, Manchester



Producer:

Brian Pidgeon

(Executive)

Mike George

(Recording: disc four, except Overture to La forza del destino)

Ralph Couzens

Recording: discs one to three and Overture to La forza del destino on disc four)

Engineer:

Stephen Rinker

(disc four, except Overture to La forza del destino)

Steve Hargreaves

(disc three and Overture to La forza del destino on disc four)

Don Hartridge

(discs one to three and Overture to La forza del destino on disc four)

Record Label
Chandos Classics

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos




Total Time - 263:56
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GIUSEPPE VERDI

(1813-1901)
   
  Complete Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music  
   
1 

Overture to 'Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio' (1839)

6:12
2 

Overture to 'Un giorno di regno' (1840)

5:36
  (Il finto Stanislao)  
3 

Overture to 'Nabucco' (1842)

7:39
  (Nabucodonosor)  
4 

Prelude to 'Ernani' (1844)

3:19
5 

Prelude to 'I due Foscari' (1844)

2:35
6 

Overture to 'Giovanna d'Arco' (1845)

7:31
7 

Overture to 'Alzira' (1845)

6:57
8 

Prelude to 'Attila' (1846)

3:22
9 

Prelude to 'Macbeth' (1847)

3:21
 

Ballet Music from 'Macbeth', Act III (1865)

10:36  
  (Paris version)  
10 Ballo I 2:15
11 Ballo II - 5:22
12 Ballo III 2:56
13 

Prelude to 'I masnadieri' (1847)

5:20
14 

Prelude to 'Il corsaro' (1848)

2:58
15 

Overture to 'La battaglia di Legnano' (1849)

9:21
16 

Prelude to 'Jérusalem', Act III (1847)

4:57
 

Ballet Music from 'Jérusalem', Act III (1847)

22:45  
17 1 Pas de quatre 7:25
18 2 Pas de deux 5:41
19 3 Pas solo 6:52
20 4 Pas d'ensemble 2:39
21 

Overture to 'Luisa Miller' (1849)

6:00
22 

Overture to 'Stiffelio' (1850)

9:39
23 

Prelude to 'Rigoletto' (1851)

2:50
 

Ballet Music from 'Il trovatore', Part III (1857)

24:19  
24 1 Pas de bohémiens 6:19
25 2 Seviliana 7:23
26 3 La Bohémienne 7:49
27 4 Galop 2:40
28 

Prelude to 'La traviata', Act I (1853)

4:03
29 

Prelude to 'La traviata', Act III (1853)

3:33
30 

Overture to 'Les Vêpres siciliennes' (1855)

9:21
 

Les Quatre Saisons, Ballet Music from 'Les Vêpres siciliennes', Act III (1855)

31:16  
31 I L'Hiver 7:05
32 II Le Printemps 8:28
33 III L'Été 6:05
34 IV L'Automne 9:34
35 

Prelude to 'Simon Boccanegra' (1857)

2:52
  (Venice version)  
36 

Prelude to 'Un ballo in maschera' (1859)

4:33
37 

Prelude to 'La forza del destino' (1862)

3:37
  (St Petersburg version)  
38 

Prelude to 'Don Carlo', Act II (1884)

3:14
  (Milan version)  
 

La Pérégrina, Ballet Music from 'Don Carlos', Act III (1867)

17:10  
  (Paris version)  
39 I Andante - Tempo di valzer - Allegro vivo - 12:56
40 II Finale. Prestissimo 4:14
41 

Overture to 'La forza del destino' (1869)

8:05
  (Milan version)  
42 

Prelude to 'Aida' (1871)

4:21
  (Cairo version)  
 

Dances from 'Aida' (1871)

4:05  
43 I Danza sacra delle sacerdotesse, Act I 2:23
44 II Danza di piccoli schiavi mori, Act II 1:39
45 

Ballet Music from 'Aida', Act II (1871)

4:47
46 

Overture to 'Aida' (1872)

11:52
  (Italian premiere; withdrawn)  
47 

Ballet Music from 'Otello', Act III (1894)

6:16
  (Paris version)  
   
 Sir Edward Downes
  24 & 25 January 1996 (disc one), 21 & 22 January 1997 (disc two), 10 & 11 March 1998 (disc three and Overture to La forza del destino on disc four) and 8 July 1999 (remainder on disc four)  
Sir Edward Downes is one of the most distinguished Verdi authorities in the world. His lifetime of experience in the opera house, where he has performed all Verdi’s operas, tells throughout these performances. The collection programmes all Verdi’s Preludes, Overtures and Ballet Music in chronological order. Each disc contains a mixture of well-known and less familiar music.

This popular four-disc set is now re-issued in the Chandos Classics mid-price series.


Verdi began his operatic career with Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio in 1839 and intended to end it after the premiere of Aida in Cairo in 1871, but he emerged from his retirement to produce the two Shakespearean masterpieces Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893), the latter, Verdi’s only comedy apart from the early Un giorno di regno (1840), so dramatically efficient that it dispenses with purely orchestral episodes of any kind. Already his third opera, Nabucco (1842), proved a great success, the Overture alluding to the opera’s most famous number, the chorus of Hebrew slaves, ‘Va, pensiero’. In Macbeth (1847) the more fantastic workings of Verdi’s imagination are in evidence from the very first bars, the Prelude later interweaving phrases from Lady Macbeth’s sleepwalking scene. The Verdi scholar Julian Budden has rated the full-length Overture to La battaglia di Legnano (1849) ‘one of [Verdi’s] most original designs’.

The Overture to Luisa Miller (1849) represents a marked advance in Verdi’s orchestral style, its tensely dramatic, tautly monothematic structure and resourceful use of instruments testifying to a maturing musicianship. In the Prelude to La traviata (1853) Verdi created an exquisite piece of music that can be enjoyed on its own and yet has the very essence of the opera within it. For Les Vêpres siciliennes (1855) he wrote not only one of his longest overtures but also his most substantial ballet music, ‘Les Quatre Saisons’. When these CDs were new the rarely heard Prelude to the first version (1857) of Simon Boccanegra had never been recorded before – nor had the extended Overture which Verdi composed for the Italian premiere (1872) of Aida, but withdrew after rehearsal. The Prelude to Un ballo in maschera (1859) is one of Verdi’s most systematically ‘referential’, consisting almost entirely of motifs from the opera. The masterpiece, however, among all Verdi’s full-scale orchestral works is the Overture (1869) to La forza del destino, an expanded version of the original Prelude (1862), the scale and variety now matching those of the opera itself, with its episodes of home, village, monastery, battlefield and hermitage.


This treasure-trove is a comprehensive survey of all the purely orchestral music from Verdi’s operas… Edward Downes who conducts with passion and power, shows himself once again to be one of his country’s leading Verdians.
The Times on CHAN 9787(4) (Verdi set)

Sir Edward Downes directs a world-class orchestra, and the results are all one could wish for.
Classic CD on CHAN 9510 (Verdi,Vol. 1)

…the Chandos engineers provide a glowingly resonant sound picture… it could hardly be better done.
Gramophone on CHAN 9594 (Verdi,Vol. 2)



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