GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901)
   
 Macbeth (1847, revised 1865) 159:36  
  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!' - 1:49      
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  
 Simon Keenlyside baritone - Macbeth
 Brindley Sherratt bass - Banquo
 Latonia Moore soprano - Lady Macbeth
 Elizabeth Llewellyn soprano - Lady-in-waiting
 Gwyn Hughes Jones tenor - Macduff
 Ben Johnson tenor - Malcolm
 Gavin Horsley bass - Doctor
 Thomas Faulkner bass - Servant to Macbeth
 Riccardo Simonetti bass - Assassin
 Stephen Kennedy bass - Herald
 Cheyney Kent bass - Apparition
 Roseanne Havel soprano - Apparition
 Katie Bird soprano - Apparition
  Duncan, silent role  
  Hecate, silent role  
  Witches, Messengers of the King, Scottish Noblemen and Refugees, Assassins, English Soldiers, Bards, Spirits of the Air, Apparitions  
  The action takes place in Scotland, mainly in Macberth's castle.  
  At the beginning of Act IV, it takes place on the Borders of Scotland and England.  
 Edward Gardner
  16, 17, 19, 20, 22, and 23 August 2013