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Verdi: Aida Double CD

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Georg Solti, 21 October 1912 – 5 September 1997) was a Hungarian-British orchestral and operatic conductor. He was a major classical recording artist, holding the record for having received the most Grammy Awards, having personally won 31 as a conductor, including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.[2] In addition to his recordings he is ... Read more in Amazon's Georg Solti Store

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  • Performer: Leontyne Price, Rita Gorr, Jon Vickers, Robert Merrill
  • Orchestra: Rome Opera Chorus, Rome Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (18 Jan. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000023ZF0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Overture - Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
2. Sì: corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca - Giorgio Tozzi, Jon Vickers, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
3. "Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida" - Jon Vickers, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
4. Quale insolita gioia - Rita Gorr, Jon Vickers, Leontyne Price, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
5. "Alta cagion v'aduna" - Plinio Clabassi, Franco Ricciardi, Jon Vickers, Giorgio Tozzi, Leontyne Price, Rita Gorr, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
6. Ritorna vincitor! - Leontyne Price, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
7. Possente, possente Fthà - Giorgio Tozzi, Mietta Sighele, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
8. Mortal, diletto ai Numi - Jon Vickers, Giorgio Tozzi, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
9. Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi - Rita Gorr, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
10. Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta - Rita Gorr, Leontyne Price, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
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Disc: 2
1. Quest'assisa ch'io vesto vi dica - Robert Merrill, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
2. Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente - Robert Merrill, Leontyne Price, Giorgio Tozzi, Rita Gorr, Plinio Clabassi, Jon Vickers, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
3. O Re: pei sacri Numi - Jon Vickers, Plinio Clabassi, Rita Gorr, Giorgio Tozzi, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
4. Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside - Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Plinio Clabassi, Giorgio Tozzi, Leontyne Price, Jon Vickers, Rita Gorr, Robert Merrill, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
5. O tu che sei d'Osiride - Giorgio Tozzi, Rita Gorr, Coro del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
6. Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria mia - Leontyne Price, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
7. Ciel! mio padre! - Leontyne Price, Robert Merrill, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
8. Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida - Jon Vickers, Leontyne Price, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti
9. Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti - Leontyne Price, Jon Vickers, Robert Merrill, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
10. Tu...Amonasro!...tu!...il Re? - Jon Vickers, Leontyne Price, Robert Merrill, Rita Gorr, Giorgio Tozzi, Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Georg Solti, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Overture
2. Sì: corre voce che l'Etiope ardisca
3. Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida"
4. Quale insolita gioia
5. "Alta cagion v'aduna"
6. Ritorna vincitor!
7. Possente, possente Fthà
8. Mortal, diletto ai Numi
9. Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi
10. Fu la sorte dell'armi a'tuoi funesta
11. Su! del Nilo al sacro lido
12. Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside
13. Marcia
14. Vieni, o guerriero vindice
15. Salvator della patria, io ti saluto
16. Che veggo!...Egli?...Mio padre!

Disc: 2

1. Quest'assisa ch'io vesto vi dica
2. Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente
3. O Re: pei sacri Numi
4. Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside
5. O tu che sei d'Osiride
6. Qui Radames verrà!...O Patria mia
7. Ciel! mio padre!
8. Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida
9. Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti
10. Tu...Amonasro!...tu!...il Re?
11. L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia
12. Già i Sacerdoti adunansi
13. Ohimè!...morir mi sento! Oh! chi lo salva?
14. Radamès! Radamès! Radamès!
15. La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse
16. Presago il core della tua condonna
17. O terra, addio; addio valle di pianti

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Viva Verdi on 18 May 2011
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I've ploughed through many of the studio recordings of Aida (both Cetra recordings, both Tebaldi recordings, the Callas, the Milanov, the Nilsson and the classic Caballe/Muti) but this is the one that holds the top notch.

Leontyne Price's voice is young and sweet. Vickers was a strange choice, given who was knocking around, but he is undeniably an heroic Radames. Gorr is absolutely superb (why she was not dragged into the recording studio more I'll never know) and Merrill is warm and rich in tone, but Solti is the star. He draws a huge sound from the Rome Opera Orchestra, though I also have to give credit to Giuseppe Conca for the sound that the chorus produce - the bass priests' honeyed tones are beautiful.

Price and Merrill fighting it out in act III is one of my all-time favourite moments of recorded opera. Many people would, understandably, suggest the Caballe/Muti recording but please at least try this one first - I love it.
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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2002
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A non-Italian 'Aida' that ranks head and shoulders above many of its competitors, this is a performance to cherish. Solti's grip on the orchestra is total and he presents an atmospheric and urgent interpretation of the opera. The end of Act 1 scene 2 is electric with religious fervour.There, Vickers rides the full orchestra with ease and elsewhere is a committed and moving Radames - not everyone's favourite tenor maybe but an artist of blazing intensity. Price builds her part through mostly vocal means, and what a voice it was - controlled and secure throughout its range with a distinctive smoky timbre that is perfectly appropriate to the role. Gorr is excellent also as the vengeful Amneris though I miss the use of chest register to emphasis the drama. Merrill is his usual self - rich toned and rather faceless. He also spoils a vital line in the Nile scene by snatching a breath in the wrong place. Nearly perfect and as good as we have any right to expect. Buy it!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. E. OUTLAW on 14 May 2011
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From the very first notes of this `Aida', one feels the hand of a master on the baton. Solti sees the grand picture of Verdi's imagination in this opera and presents it to us with superb skill and control. Like several of Verdi's operas, `Aida' presents personal relationships against a background of political problems and Solti manages both the intimate personal dialogue and the grand scenes of military triumph with equal understanding.

This recording is exceptionally well cast, with very competent singers in the secondary roles. Giorgio Tozzi makes a compelling Ramfis and Plinio Ciabassi and Mietta Sighele do well with the rather limited material they have as the King and the High Priestess.

The main strength of the performance, however, lies, as it must, in the four principals. I always regret the brevity of the role of Amonasro, especially when it is sung by a baritone of the quality of Robert Merrill. He is never less than highly competent and at his best, as he is in `Ma tu Re, tu signore possente', he is magnificent. Rita Gorr is an affecting Amneris and brings out the frustration and disappointment of the princess. She has all the notes for this demanding role and, in my view, her vibrato underlines the vulnerability which underlies Amneris's forcefulness.

Jon Vickers, always a powerful performer, brings out the essential virility of Radames in the early scenes and gives us a particularly effective `Celeste Aida', He also succeeds in conveying his character's distress and shame when he realises that his love for Aida has led him to betray his country. He meets his death with dignified acceptance. In my view, only Franco Corelli gives a more satisfying rendition of this role.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By beachcomer on 30 Aug. 2011
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I last heard this recording more than 25 years ago. Then on vinyl with a touch of hardness to the presentation especially to the brass - typical Decca sound of the period. Today on CD the hardness seems to have increased bringing a brashness to the sound that makes me reach for the treble control. However the artists are superb the singing sublime and the overall performance a historical masterpiece! Recording 5 out of 10, Performance 10 out of 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tiggy on 29 April 2012
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I had this on cassette tape and almost wore it out but then times change, people change, and opera faded into the background for me. Recently, though, I've been hankering to be transported back into the world of opera and my first thought was to update (to CD) my Aida. I bought many versions of this opera years ago, looking for what I considered the ultimate, and this was it. Then. Now. Solti is amazing, creating extra beauty and wow from the printed page that takes you that extra mile. Nearly every performer here creates magic and I cannot recommend this version highly enough. It's a desert island in a crazy world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Glen on 4 Mar. 2014
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This is one of the most imaginatively conducted, powerfully sung, and thrillingly performed versions. All of the principals are stunning and dramatically convincing. I simply don't know where to begin to give examples of why this fiery version is so overwhelming. Probably the tense first moment where near the start we encounter Price, Vickers and Gorr is the first major sign that this is going to be a classic reading. The performance is so alive and the sound on the whole holds up very well though there are a few moments that betray the age of the recording, yet it is such a vivid performance that one doesn't really quibble about the odd sound quality issue. In any case the sonic limitations are not that significant as there is a tremendous sense of thrilling sound presence. Price gives one of the most rounded, moving, portrayals of Aida. Vickers is incredibly heroic and Gorr is mesmerising. Solti and the orchestra tear into the score with such passion. Highly recommended alongside the EMI Muti and second Karajan VPO recordings.
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