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  • Performer: José Carreras, Mirella Freni, Agnes Baltsa, Piero Cappuccilli
  • Orchestra: Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002SDX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: Carlo il sommo Imperatore (Coro/Un frate)Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Io l'ho perduta! (Carlo)José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: Il duolo della terra (Un frate/Carlo)José Van Dam/José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: E lui! desso! L'infante! (Rodrigo/Carlo)Piero Cappuccilli/José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 1: Ascolta! Le porte dell'asil s'apron già (Rodrigo/Carlo)Piero Cappuccilli/José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan0:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 - Remaster), Act I, Scene 1: Dio, che nell'alma infondere amor...(Carlo/Rodrigo/Coro/Un frate)José Carreras/Piero Cappuccilli/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/José Van Dam/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Sotto ai folti, immensi abeti (Coro di Dame/Tebaldo)Edita Gruberova/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Tra queste mura pie la Regina (Eboli/Coro di Dame)Agnes Baltsa/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan0:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Nei giardin del bello..(Eboli/Tebaldo/Coro di Dame)Agnes Baltsa/Edita Gruberova/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: La Regina! (Coro di Dame/Eboli/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Rodrigo)Agnes Baltsa/Mirella Freni/Edita Gruberova/Piero Cappuccilli/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Che mai si fa nel suol francese (Eboli/Rodrigo/Elisabetta)Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Carlo ch'è sol il nostro amore (Eboli/Rodrigo/Elisabetta)Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Io vengo a domandar (Carlo/Elisabetta)José Carreras/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan11:23Album Only
Listen14. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Il Re!..Perchè sola è la Regina? (Tebaldo/Filippo/Coro)Edita Gruberova/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Non pianger, mia compagna (Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Coro/Filippo)Mirella Freni/Piero Cappuccilli/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Restate! Presso alla mia persona (Filippo/Rodrigo)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: O Signor, di Fiandra arrivo (Rodrigo/Filippo)Piero Cappuccilli/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Quest'è la pace che voi date al mondo? (Rodrigo/Filippo)Piero Cappuccilli/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act I, Scene 2: Osò lo sguardo tuo penetra il mio soglio (Filippo/Rodrigo)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 1: A mezzanotte, ai giardin della Regina (Carlo/Eboli/Rodrigo)José Carreras/Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan10:14Album Only
Listen  2. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 1: Ed io, che tremava al suo aspetto! (Carlo/Eboli/Rodrigo)José Carreras/Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version) (1994 - Remaster), Act II, Scene 2: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Coro)Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 2: Corteo reale - Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Coro)Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 2: Or la porta s'apra del tempio! (Un araldo reale/Coro)Carlo Meletti/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 2: Nel posar sul mio capo la corona (Filippo/Coro/Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Carlo/Tebaldo)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Mirella Freni/Piero Cappuccilli/José Carreras/Edita Gruberova/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 2: Sire! egli è tempo ch'io viva! (Carlo/Filippo/Elisabetta/Rodrigo)José Carreras/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Mirella Freni/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act II, Scene 2: O ciel! Tu! Rodrigo! (Carlo/Coro/Eboli/Filippo/Un voce dal cielo)José Carreras/Agnes Baltsa/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Barbara Hendricks/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Ella giammai m'amò (Filippo)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 9:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Il Grand'Inquisitor! (Il Conte di Lerma/L'Inquisitore/Filippo)Horst Nitsche/Ruggero Raimondi/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 9:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Giustizia, giustizia, Sire! (Elisabetta/Filippo)Mirella Freni/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Ardita troppo voi favellate! (Filippo/Elisabetta/Eboli/Rodrigo)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Mirella Freni/Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Ah! si maledetto. sospetto fatale (Filippo/Eboli/Rodrigo/Elisabetta)Nicolai Ghiaurov/Agnes Baltsa/Piero Cappuccilli/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: Pietà! Pietà! pardon! (Eboli/Elisabetta)Agnes Baltsa/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 1: O don fatale, o don crudel (Eboli)Agnes Baltsa/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Son io, mio Carlo (Rodrigo/Carlo)Piero Cappuccilli/José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Per me giunto è il dì supremo (Rodrigo)Piero Cappuccilli/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Io morrò ma lieto in core (Rodrigo/Carlo)Piero Cappuccilli/José Carreras/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act III, Scene 2: Mio Carlo, a te la spada io rendo (Filippo/Carlo/Coro/Il Conte di Lerma/Eboli/L'Inquisitore)Nicolai Ghiaurov/José Carreras/Horst Nitsche/Agnes Baltsa/Ruggero Raimondi/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 3:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act IV: Tu che le vanità (Elisabetta)Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan12:02Album Only
Listen  6. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act IV: E dessa!... Un detto, un sol (Carlo/Elisabetta)José Carreras/Mirella Freni/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 6:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don Carlo (1884 Four Act Version), Act IV: Ma lassù ci vedremo (Elisabetta/Carlo/Filippo/L'Inquisitore/Un frate/Coro)Mirella Freni/José Carreras/Nicolai Ghiaurov/Ruggero Raimondi/José Van Dam/Chöre der Deutschen Oper Berlin/Walter Hagen-Groll/Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan 5:50£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Verdi: Don Carlo / Karajan, Carreras, Freni, Ghiaurov, Et Al . Release Date: 10/25/1994 Label: Emi Classics . Catalog #: 69304 . Spars Code: ADD . Composer: Giuseppe Verdi . Performer: José Carreras, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Ghiaurov, Agnes Baltsa, ... Conductor: Herbert von Karajan . Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus . Number of Discs: 3 . Recorded in: Stereo . Length: 3 Hours 2 Mins. Works on This Recording: 1. Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi Performer: José Carreras (Tenor), Mirella Freni (Soprano), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano), Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Horst Nitsche (Tenor), Manfred Röhrl (Bass), Roberto Banuelas (Bass), Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Klaus Lang (Bass), Ivan Sardi (Bass), Josef Becker (Bass), Walton Grönroos (Bass), José Van Dam (Bass), Carlo Meletti (Baritone) Conductor: Herbert von Karajan Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus Period: Romantic Written: 1867/1886 Date of Recording: 09/1978 Venue: Philharmonie, Berlin, West Germany Length: 181 Minutes 38 Secs. Language: Italian Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (03/11/1867). Composition revised: Naples, Italy (1872). Composition revised: La Scala Opera House, Milan, Italy (01/10/1884).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Giancarlo Stampalia on 24 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
It is true, and most reviewers concur, that the balance between voices and orchestra is queer in this recording, just as the wide gap between pianissimi and fortissimi is strange. And it would be easy to ascribe this to Karajan's megalomania, or eccentricity. One must remember, however, that this is a consistent problem only in his 1970s/1980s recordings with EMI. Richard Osborne, the author of what is probably Karajan's definitive biography, acknowledges this same problem and points a finger towards the EMI team, saying that when it came to Karajan and his Berliner philharmoniker, they somehow never got it right, both in opera and in the symphonic repertoire. If one compares these EMI performances with his recordings for DECCA and Deutsche Grammophon from the same period, one may begin to suspect that Karajan was not the only one to blame. Perhaps there is only so much he could do with this team....

Still, this recording is not as bad as all that. I find that on a good stereo system (not on headphones!), with the volume cranked up so that the pianissimi are audible, the only problem is that when the fortissimi arrive, they really blast; but, neighbors permitting, that is not such a bad thing: there is much pleasure to be had from the Berliners in their full glory. But admittedly, the quirky sound is a bit excessive.

When I saw this production in Salzburg in 1975, the year it was premiered, Domingo sang Don Carlos. Though I wish I could find a live rendition of that particular performance for the sake of nostalgia, I cannot deny that Carreras is probably better: more expressive, more youthful-sounding, more sweetly lyrical. The other members of the cast are truly excellent, and little comment is necessary. I will comment on Cappuccilli, who is really phenomenal as Rodrigo.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 2004
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This recording magnificently captures the sense of drama within Don Carlo (even although it is not the full 5 act version - unfortunately!) and documents some of the most magnificent singing of this work. von Karajan has the Berliner Philharmoniker under a tight rein and inspires them to pour out a magnificent and luxurious carpet of sound and bring this performance alive. All of the singers are unequalled in their roles and each leave their own unique stamp. Carreras, full of fervor and impetuousness as the ardent, young Don Carlo, sings in a fresh, unstrangled voice with a clean tone while Mirella Freni, tackling one of the heavier roles that many doubted she could successfully portray, uses her incomparable italianate voice veiled with the right amount of morbidezza to convey Elisabetta's anguish and torment over her forbidden love. However, the real scene stealer is Agnes Baltsa's high voltage portrayal of the scheming, jealous Eboli. Baltsa, at the outset of international stardom, sails through technical demands of her role with unrivalled virtuosity and turns out a viscerally exciting "O don fatale" using her dark-veiled voice most effectively. Piero Cappuccilli and Ruggero Raimondi are no less remarkable in their characters. Cappuccilli is completely overwhelming as Rodrigo and we can almost feel the tension during his duet with Filippo II while Raimondi's dark-hued King is one of the most noble on disc. There are also some interesting names in the cast - Edita Gruberova, Barbara Hendricks and Jose van Dam all appear (early on in their careers) in the smaller parts. All in all, this is a fantastic recording and should be a strong first choice for those who are looking for a 'performance' of Verdi's masterpiece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Viva Verdi on 11 Oct. 2011
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I think I prefer the four Act version of Don Carlo, and this recording is worth having along with Solti & Giulini's five act recordings. All the soloists are superb. Karajan blasts his way through the score and the Act four duet "Ma lassu ci vedremo" with Freni and Carreras melts the heart.
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By Stanley Crowe TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Feb. 2015
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I prefer the 5-act version, but I'm certainly not averse to hearing a good account of the 4-act version, like this one here, and I am not one of those for whom Karajan is anathema -- he's a great conductor, many of whose opera and symphonic recordings are among my favorites. And he's not totally responsible for my disappointment with this set, but he is far too slow -- just to give one example, in the Act 1 Carlo-Elisabetta duet ("Io venga a domandar grazia") he is one-and-a-half minutes slower than Solti, and both Solti and Giulini give that duet an impetus and dramatic flow that is appropriately expressive. But the larger problems with the set concern the sound engineering. The dynamic range is very wide, and at my usual volume settings (with headphones), the choruses can hardly be heard at times. One understands this to an extent with the monks, offstage, at San-Juste, but the women in the garden prior to the Veil Song? They are just hardly in the picture, and when Baltsa enters to sing the song, she's in pretty good position, sonically. OK, you might say -- just turn up the volume. But if I do that, the orchestra is far too loud, and so are the solo voices at some (but not all) places. In other words, there isn't a stable sonic environment, and one suspects that Karajan, or Glotz, his producer, is twiddling knobs somewhere. It's always a turn-off for me when, in a studio recording, the soloists aren't consistently placed in the aural spectrum.

And that's a shame, because the soloists are usually pretty good here. Carreras, in his lovely late-1970's form, is alive to the text and only occasionally pushing his voice beyond its natural limits. Freni is a bit tamer, and seems cautious at some big moments, but she doesn't make ugly sounds.
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