Verdi: La forza del destino (abridged)

Naxos: 8111322-24

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Verdi: La forza del destino (abridged)

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8111322-24
(8.111322-24)

Discs:

3

Release date:

31st Dec 2007

Barcode:

0747313332229

Length:

3 hours 30 minutes

Medium:

CD

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Verdi: La forza del destino (abridged)


Verdi:

La forza del destino (abridged)

Maria Callas (Leonora di Vargas), Richard Tucker (Don Alvaro), Carlo Tagliabue (Don Carlo), Elena Nicolai (Preziosilla), Nicola Rossi-Lameni (Padre Guardiano), Renato Capecchi (Fra Melitone), Rina Cavallari (Curra)

Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan, Tullio Serafin

La Forza del Destino (highlights)

Zinka Milanov (Leonora di Vargas)


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Although this 1954 recording of La forza del destino is not without flaws, Callas casts her Donna Leonora in the grand manner and her breath spans are of a truly notable length. She makes us conscious of every section of Leonora’s music, setting off the first scene in Act I with fitting simplicity. In the Act III duet with Padre Guardiano, Piu tranquilla, Callus shows her just rendition of note values; each of them is sung as Verdi specifies, contained within a perfect legato and yet she injects the subtlest rubato so giving it life. Under Serafin’s inspired direction she sings the two famous arias, Madre, pietosa vergine and Pace, pace mio Dio, with appropriate grandeur, on a tragic scale, underlining Verdi’s indications ‘come un lamento’ and ‘con dolore.’

Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino

Overture

Act I: Buona notte, mia figlia (Marchese, Leonora)

Act I: Temea restasse qui fino a domani! (Curra, Leonora)

Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana (Leonora)

Act I: M'aiuti, Signorina, piu presto andrem (Curra, Leonora, Alvaro)

Act I: Seguirti fino agli ultimi (Leonora, Alvaro, Curra)

Act I: Vil seduttor! Infame figlia! (Marchese, Leonora, Alvaro)

Act II Scene 1: Hola, hola, hola! Ben giungi, o mulattier (Chorus)

Act II Scene 1: La cena e pronta (Mayor, Carlo, Chorus, Leonora, Trabuco, Preziosilla)

Act II Scene 1: Al suon del tamburo (Preziosilla, Chorus, Carlo)

Act II Scene 1: Padre Eterno Signor (Chorus of Pilgrims, Chorus, Mayor, Leonora)

Act II Scene 1: Viva la buona compagnia! (Carlo, Chorus, Trabuco, Mayor)

Act II Scene 1: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore (Carlo, Chorus)

Act II Scene 1: Sta bene (Mayor, Carlo, Preziosilla, Chorus)

Act II Scene 2: Sono giunta! Grazie, O Dio! (Leonora)

Act II Scene 2: Madre, pietosa Vergine (Leonora)

Act II Scene 2: Chi siete? (Melitone, Leonora)

Act II Scene 2: Chi mi cerca? (Guardiano, Leonora, Melitone)

Act II Scene 2: Guai per chi si lascia illudere (Guardiano, Leonora)

Act II Scene 2: Sull'alba il piede all'eremo (Guardiano, Leonora)

Act II Scene 2: Il santo nome di Dio Signore (Guardiano, Chorus)

Act II Scene 2: La Vergine degli Angeli (Chorus, Leonora)

Act III Scene 1: Attenti al gioco (Chorus)

Act III Scene 1: La vita e inferno (Alvaro)

Act III Scene 1: O tu che in seno agli angeli (Alvaro)

Act III Scene 1: Al tradimento! (Chorus, Alvaro, Carlo)

Act III Scene 1: All'armi! (Voices, Alvaro, Carlo, Surgeon)

Act III Scene 2: Piano … qui posi … approntisi il mio letto (Carlo, Surgeon, Alvaro)

Act III Scene 2: Solenne in quest'ora (Alvaro, Carlo)

Act III Scene 2: Morir! Tremenda cosa! (Carlo)

Act III Scene 2: Urna fatale del mio destino (Carlo)

Act III Scene 2: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi? (Carlo, Surgeon)

Act III Scene 3: Compagni, sostiamo (Chorus)

Act III Scene 3: Ne gustare m'e dato un' ora di quiete (Alvaro, Carlo)

Act III Scene 3: No, d'un imene il vincolo (Alvaro, Carlo, Chorus)

Act III Scene 3: Lorche pifferi e tamburi (Chorus, Preziosilla, Soldiers)

Act III Scene 3: A buon mercato chi vuol comprare? (Trabuco, Soldiers, All)

Act III Scene 3: Pane, pan per carita! (Peasants, Recruits, Vivandieres, Preziosilla)

Act III Scene 3: Nella guerra e la follia (All)

Act III Scene 3: Toh! Toh! Poffare il mondo! Che tempone! (Melitone, Soldiers, Preziosilla)

Act III Scene 3: Rataplan, rataplan, della Gloria (Preziosilla, Chorus)

Act IV Scene 1: Giunge qualcuno, aprite (Guardiano, Carlo, Melitone)

Act IV Scene 1: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo (Carlo, Alvaro)

Act IV Scene 1: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti (Alvaro, Carlo)

Act IV Scene 2: Pace, pace, mio Dio! (Leonora)

Act IV Scene 2: Io muoio! Confessione! (Carlo, Alvaro, Leonora)

Act IV Scene 2: Non imprecare; umiliati (Guardiano, Leonora, Alvaro)

La forza del destino, Act I: Me, pellegrina ed orfana

Act II: Sono giunta! Grazie, O Dio!

Act II: Madre, pietosa Vergine

Act II: La Vergine degli Angeli

Act III: La vita e inferno

Act III: O tu che in seno agli angeli

La forza del destino, Act III: Solenne in quest'ora

Act III: Morir! Tremenda cosa!

Act III: Urna fatale del mio destino

Act III: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi?

Act IV: Invano Alvaro ti celasti al mondo

Act IV: Le minaccie, i fieri accenti

La forza del destino, Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio!

Act IV: Io muoio! Confessione!

Act IV: Non imprecare; umiliati

BBC Music Magazine

July 2008

*****

“Callas largely overcame developing vocal problems to give this blazing Leonora, with Tucker at his most ardent and Serafin's sturdy support.”

Penguin Guide

2010 edition

***

“Mark Obert-Thorn's newest transfer is splendid, beautifully smooth and clean, seemingly even fresher than the full-priced original. But what makes this Naxos set indispensable is the coupling, a generous set of highlights from a vintage set of the opera with Zinka Milanov”

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