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CHAN 3180
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Verdi: Macbeth

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


English National Opera Orchestra

Edward Gardner

Simon Keenlyside

baritone - Macbeth

Cheyney Kent

bass - Apparition

Riccardo Simonetti

bass - Assassin

Brindley Sherratt

bass - Banquo

Gavin Horsley

bass - Doctor

Stephen Kennedy

bass - Herald

Thomas Faulkner

bass - Servant to Macbeth

Katie Bird

soprano - Apparition

Roseanne Havel

soprano - Apparition

Latonia Moore

soprano - Lady Macbeth

Elizabeth Llewellyn

soprano - Lady-in-waiting

Gwyn Hughes Jones

tenor - Macduff

Ben Johnson

tenor - Malcolm

Opera in English Chorus


Blackheath Halls, London


Brian Pidgeon


Ralph Couzens

Jonathan Cooper


Rosanna Fish


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Opera in English

Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 158:19
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Macbeth (1847, revised 1865)

  Opera in Four Acts  
  Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (1810-1876) and Andrea Maffei (1798-1885)  
  English translation by Jeremy Sams  
1 Prelude 3:12
  Act I 45:16      
  Scene 1  
  A wood  
2 1 Introduction. Chorus of Witches: 'Welcome sisters, it is late' 3:19
3 2 Scena and Duet. Macbeth: 'Strange that this glorious day is drowned in darkness!' - 3:22
  with Banquo and Witches  
4 Messengers: 'Hail, Macbeth!' - 0:54
  with Macbeth and Banquo  
5 Macbeth: 'A double prophecy comes to fruition' 3:02
  with Banquo and Messengers  
6 3 Witches' Chorus: 'Now they are leaving us!' 2:02
  Scene 2  
  A hall in Macbeth's castle  
7 4 Scena and Cavatina. Lady Macbeth: '''I met them on the very day of my triumph…''' 2:24
8 'Come! I'll inspire you to do the deed!' - 2:36
9 Servant: 'His Royal Highness is coming here this evening' - 1:15
  with Lady Macbeth  
10 Lady Macbeth: 'Assist me, you spirits of carnage and corruption' 3:22
11 5 Scena and March. Macbeth: 'My noble lady!' - 1:24
  with Lady Macbeth  
12 Rustic music announcing the arrival of the King 1:55
13 6 Gran scena and Duet. Macbeth: 'Go and inform my lady…' - 0:58
14 Macbeth: 'You steal away from me' - 3:24
15 Lady Macbeth: 'Now the whole world is sleeping…' - 0:53
  with Macbeth  
16 Macbeth: 'Did you not hear it, a mournful sigh…?' - 1:12
  with Lady Macbeth  
17 Macbeth: 'A voice spoke within me, unearthly and hollow' - 3:21
  with Lady Macbeth  
18 Lady Macbeth: 'Now make haste! Take back the dagger…' 1:46
  with Macbeth  
19 7 Scena and Sextet - Finale I. Macduff: 'I must hurry; he bade me wake him early' - 1:20
  with Banquo  
20 Macduff: 'Oh horror! Oh horror! Oh horror!' - 1:02
  with Banquo, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, Malcolm, Lady-in-waiting, and Servants  
21 All: 'He is gaping in horror and terror' - 0:45
22 All: 'Hear our prayer, merciful father in Heaven' 4:42
  Act II 31:37      
  Scene 1  
  A room in Macbeth's castle  
23 8 Scena and Aria. Lady Macbeth: 'Why do you spurn me…?' - 3:04
  with Macbeth  
24 Lady Macbeth: 'Daylight is fading' 4:33
  Scene 2  
  A park  
25 9 Chorus of Assassins. Basses: 'Who told you to join us here?' 3:12
  with Tenors  
26 10 Gran scena. Banquo: 'My son, be wary, be cautious!' - 1:31
27 Banquo: 'Black is the night, as black as death' - 3:25
  Scene 3  
  A magnificent hall  
28 11 Finale II. Chorus: 'Long live the King!' - 1:48
  with Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Lady-in-waiting, Macduff, and Chorus  
29 Drinking Song. Lady Macbeth: 'Come fill your glasses' - 1:57
  with Lady-in-waiting, Macduff, and Chorus  
30 Macbeth: 'You have blood upon your face' - 0:38
  with Assassin  
31 Lady Macbeth: 'You deserted us, my husband' - 2:53
  with Macbeth, Lady-in-waiting, Macduff, and Chorus  
32 Lady Macbeth: 'Come fill your glasses' - 1:24
  with Lady-in-waiting, Macduff, and Chorus  
33 Macbeth: 'No! Leave me, you devil!' - 1:54
  with Lady-in-waiting, Macduff, Chorus, and Lady Macbeth  
34 Macbeth: 'Blood must flow… The ghost demands it' 5:07
  with Macduff, Lady-in-waiting, Chorus, and Lady Macbeth  
  Act III 33:42      
  A dark cave  
35 12 Chorus of Introduction - Enchantment. Witches: 'Three 3:55
  times the tom-cat has yowled its cry of love'  
36 13 Ballet. I - 2:08
37 II - 5:18
38 III 2:49
39 14 Gran scena of the Apparitions. Macbeth: 'I will call 1:34
  them, but I dread what they may tell me' -  
  with Witches  
40 Witches: 'From the lowest and highest of regions' - 4:48
  with Macbeth and Apparition  
41 The sound of Bagpipes - 5:00
  Macbeth: 'Distant music! What magic is this?'  
  with Witches  
42 15 Chorus and Dance tune. Chorus of Witches: 'Come, all 4:37
  you sirens'  
43 16 Scena and Duet - Finale III. Macbeth: 'Where am I? 1:49
  They've vanished…' -  
  with Herald and Lady Macbeth  
44 Macbeth: 'Now is the hour of revenge and murder' 1:30
  with Lady Macbeth  
  Act IV 38:28      
  Scene 1  
  A deserted place on the border between Scotland and England  
45 17 Chorus of Scottish refugees: 'Land of torture! Land of terror!' 6:41
46 18 Scena and Aria. Macduff: 'O, my children, my darling children!' - 1:13
47 Macduff: 'Where was your loving father?' - 2:27
48 Malcolm: 'What is this, What is this forest?' 2:49
  with Soldiers and Macduff  
  Scene 2  
  A ball in Macbeth's castle  
49 19 The Great Sleepwalking Scene. Introduction - 3:08
50 Doctor: 'Two nights we've watched and waited' - 1:42
  with Lady-in-waiting  
51 Lady Macbeth: 'There's a stain here, and here's another!' 7:11
  with Doctor and Lady-in-waiting  
52 20 Scena and Aria. Macbeth: 'Treachery! The English dare 1:49
  united against me!' -  
53 Macbeth: 'No love, no care, no compassion' 3:40
54 21 Scena and Battle. Women's Voices: 'God in Heaven!' - 1:40
  with Macbeth, Lady-in-waiting, and Macbeth's Soldiers  
  Scene 3  
  A vast plain, surrounded by mountains and woodland  
55 Battle. Macduff: 'Throw down your branches and take 2:21
  your weapons!'  
  with Soldiers, Macbeth, and Women  
56 22 Hymn of Victory - Finale IV. Chorus: 'Victorious!' - 0:47
  with Women, Malcolm, Macduff, and Chorus  
57 Chorus of Bards: 'Macbeth, where is Macbeth…?' 2:44
  with Soldiers, Women, Macduff, and Malcolm  
  Conclusion, Act IV, 1847 version 7:04      
58 Women's Voices: 'God in Heaven!' - 1:50
  with Macbeth, Lady-in-waiting, and Macbeth's Soldiers  
59 Macbeth's Soldiers: 'We're ready!' - 2:07
  with Malcolm, Macduff, and Macbeth  
60 Macbeth: 'I have sinned' 3:06
  with Macduff, Malcolm, and Chorus  

Verdi: Macbeth (1865 version, with bonus tracks from 1847 version) – Latonia Moore, Simon Keenlyside, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Brindley Sherratt, Ben Johnson, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Opera in English Chorus, English National Opera Orchestra, Edward Gardner

This recording of Verdi’s Macbeth marks the completion of the Peter Moores Foundation’s remarkable Opera in English series, established in 1995 with the aim of making opera available to wider audiences by presenting the highest quality opera performances in English. Here a translation by Jeremy Sams is sung by an all-star cast including Simon Keenlyside as Macbeth and Latonia Moore as Lady Macbeth.

Macbeth is the first of three Verdi operas based on dramas by William Shakespeare. Verdi described Shakespeare’s play as ‘one of the greatest creations of man’, its ‘grandeur, breadth, and sublime, rarefied, and strange atmosphere’ inspiring him to adapt this tale of power, corruption, and devilry. Having previously concentrated on historical narratives, in Macbeth Verdi engaged in dark supernatural themes for the first time. The subject matter provided him opportunity to expand on his abilities as a tone poet; he extended the contribution of the orchestra to the drama and introduced orchestral detail and colour not before heard in his operatic scores.

In 1865, eighteen years after its triumphant premiere in Florence, Verdi was asked to revisit the score for a Paris revival. This revised version forms the basis of the present recording which, as a bonus, also includes the closing scenes from the original score.

“…This recording offers many rewards, and includes bonus tracks from the earlier score. The engineers have provided an admirably clear recording, ideally balanced.”

Richard Nicholson – – September 2014

“… High praise must go, first, to the Opera in English Chorus. Every word sung by the Witches in Jeremy Sams’s translation is clear. The orchestra’s playing under Edward Gardner sets the perfect background for his powerful interpretation and for the superb performance by Simon Keenlyside, who gives us a Macbeth worthy of Shakespeare. Lady Macbeth is Latonia Moore, to whom the stratospheric high notes are child’s play… Baritone Brindley Sheratt is an authoritative Banquo…” ****

Michael Kennedy – The Telegraph (Seven magazine) – 15 June 2014


 "... he [Keenlyside] gives a commanding interpretation of a solider driven by a combination of ambition and conscience, rendered with firm tone. The American soprano Latonia Moore sings powerfully as Lady macbeth. Brindley Sherratt’s baleful Banquo, Gwyn Hughes Jones’s plangent Macduff and a chattering coven of witches are further positive assets. But the set’s most egregious virtue is the conducting of Edward Gardner, swaggering with Verdian virility and drawing fiery playing out of English National Opera’s orchestra..."

Rupert Christiansen - The Daily Telegraph - 25 April 2014

“…here is a very good cast, Edward Gardner draws vibrantly dramatic results from his English National Opera forces, the orchestral playing is excellent and the engineering is clear and clean. Many more will want to hear the American soprano Latonia Moore’s performance of Lady Macbeth: she is apparently unfazed by the role’s difficulties and soars through her big numbers with plenty of luxurious, slightly smokey tone … this set represents a fine culmination to Moore’s project.”

Hugo Shirley – Gramophone magazine – June 2014

               Performance ****        Recording ****

“… Simon Keenlyside explores the title role in depth, offering a huge variety of expression and fulfilling the potential of Verdi’s notes to reveal minute nuances of character and situation; his nervous usurper of the Scottish throne is an extremely powerful portrayal.  Brindley Sherratt’s noble bass helps him draw a Banquo of considerable distinction, his aria shortly before his assassination a genuine highlight of the set. The smaller roles are all well taken, and the chorus is excellent, particularly when personifying Verdi’s galumphing comic-grotesque witches… Fine work, too, from English National Opera’s orchestra, here, conducted by their masterly music director, Edward Gardner, who brings a keenly observant eye to the score and an exciting dynamism to his presentation of it.”

George Hall – BBC Music magazine – June 2014   

“This last in Chandos’s Opera in English series sponsored by Peter Moores, reveals Gardner as a world-class Verdian, whose orchestra and chorus bear comparison to the finest Italian ensembles… The star here is the Lady M of the American Latonia Moore, a soprano in a role often cornered on record by mezzos. She has few peers in this music today.”

Hugh Canning – The Sunday Times (Culture magazine) – 11 May 2014

 "...a fine account, a fitting culmination to the Opera in English series."

Mark Pullinger - International Record Review - May 2014

 "...On this recording, managing the challenging prosody of language and music quite in Jeremy Sams translation superbly, he [Keenlyside] can hardly be bettered. His singing in the death scene from the original version (CD2 Trs. 24-26) is an added bonus. Throughout, his vocal expression, variety of tone, nuance and characterisation are first class. As his Lady, American soprano, Latonia Moore could well have met Verdi’s original conception of the ideal voice. She matches Simon Keenlyside for vocal quality and characterisation. Her voice is rich in colour and can soar to the heights with apparent ease. Her tonal variety is heard to good effect when reading Macbeth’s letter (CD1, Trs.7-8) and in the sleepwalking scene (CD.2.Tr.17) where she hits the vocal stratosphere with ease and security. In the lesser roles, Brindley Sherratt is sonorous as Banquo (CD1. Trs.26-27), Gwyn Hughes Jones a strong lyric-toned Macduff (CD 2.Trs.13-14), nicely contrasted with the lighter-toned tenor of Ben Johnson as Malcolm. It is also a pleasure to hear Elizabeth Llewellyn ...The other stars are the conductor, Edward Gardner, his orchestra and the virile singing of the chorus, particularly the vitality of the witches in both act one scene one (CD1, Trs. 2-6) and when Macbeth returns to see them (CD2, Trs. 1-8). This also includes the ballet music Verdi wrote for the revival (Trs.2-4). The Chandos recording has width and depth to add to its warmth."

Robert J Farr - - 14 April 2014

 “… Throughout Edward Gardner conducts with such focus, drive and dramatic relish that we can only regret over again that his reign as ENO’s music director ends next year… Everything is thrown into this delicious Scotch broth. A conflicted king and a Lady Macbeth who can sleepwalk while hitting a top D-flat make this a treat…”  ****

Geoff Brown -  The Times – 4 April 2014 

I love the drama and melodies in this opera and much prefer it in English so I was really pleased to find this. 24 bit is soooooo much better and this exemplifies why with clarity and atmosphere in the recording coupled with excellent performances throughout. All opera should be this good. If you want to access opera as it should be get this download now, settle down and be entertained. Well done Chandos. let's have some of the back catalogue too
H Brown