Viva Verdi

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On this week’s program, Kent Tritle presents a mix of Verdi’s best choral music. We hear portions of his colossal Messa da Requiem and some of his most famous opera melodies, including choruses from Il Trovatore and La Traviata. Although Verdi’s composing career was firmly rooted in the opera house, it began and ended with sacred music: an early setting of the Latin Mass and four sacred pieces, also featured on this show. 

Giuseppe Verdi was the king of Italian opera in the 19th century and nobody else had the same gift for creating unforgettable characters, high drama and melodies that you’d be humming all the way home.  Verdi brought those same talents to writing choral music, whether he was writing for the opera house or the church. 



Verdi, Giuseppe:

Messa solenne: Qui tollis

Juan Diego Flórez, Tenor; Elisabetta Scano, Soprano; Eldar Aliev, Bass;

Kenneth Tarver, Tenor

Ricardo Chailly, Conductor

Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan; Verdi Chorus Milan

London Decca 289 467 280-2


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Oberto: Fidanzata avventurosa

Maria Guleghina, Soprano; Samuel Ramey, Bass; Violeta Urmana, Mezzo Soprano; Sara Fulgoni, Soprano

Sir Neville Marriner, Conductor

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the London Voices

BOX SET London Decca 001806202


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Nabucco: Va, pensiero

Giuseppe Sinopoli, Conductor

Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus; Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra

Deutsche Grammophon 410 215-2


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Rigoletto: Zitti, zitti moviamo a vendetta

Robert Shaw, Conductor

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Atlanta Symphony Chorus

Telarc 80333


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Il Trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne (Anvil Chorus)

Riccardo Muti, Conductor

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala

Sony S2K 89553


Verdi, Giuseppe:

La Traviata: Noi siamo zingarelle (Gypsy Chorus) - Opera in English

Sir Charles Mackerras, Conductor

English National Opera Orchestra; English National Opera Chorus

Chandos 3023


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Messa da Requiem: Opening of Requiem, Kyrie & Dies irae

Leontyne Price, Soprano; Janet Baker, Mezz-Soprano; Veriano Luchetti, Tenor; José Van Dam, Bass

Georg Solti, Conductor

Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master

Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Symphony Orchestra

RCA Victor BMG Classical09026-61403-2


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Quattro pezzi sacri (Four Sacred Pieces): Stabat Mater & Ave Maria

Donna Brown, Soprano

John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Monteverdi Choir; Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

Philips 442 142-2


Verdi, Giuseppe:

Aida: Triumphal Scene

Sir Georg Solti, Conductor

Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

London 430226