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Verdi: Ernani

Giuseppe Verdi , Thomas Schippers , RCA Italiana Opera Chorus , RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra , Carlo Bergonzi , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price, Mario Sereni, Ezio Flagello
  • Orchestra: RCA Italiana Opera Chorus, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (30 Oct 1987)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Opera Series
  • ASIN: B000026MP2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude - Giuseppe Verdi
2. Evviva! Beviam! Beviam!
3. Merce, diletti amici: Come rugiada al cespite
4. Dell'esiglio Nel Dolore
5. Surta E La Notte
6. Ernani! Ernani, Involami
7. Tutto Sprezzo Che D'Ernani
8. Qui mi trasse amor possente
9. Da Quel Di Che T'ho Veduta
10. Tu se' Ernani!
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Cugino, a Che Munito - Giuseppe Verdi
2. Lo Vedremo, Veglio Audace
3. Vieni Meco, Sol Di Rose
4. A te, scegli, seguimi
5. E Questo Il Loco?
6. Gran Dio!
7. Oh, de' verd'anni miei giuramento!
8. O somme Carlo, piu del tuo nome
9. Oh, come felici gioiscon gli sposi!
10. Tutto ora tace intorno

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Studio production recorded in July 1967 at the RCA Italiana Studios in Rome and originally issued in Lp format in 1968.

Good 1960s analogue stereo. I assume that the digital remastering took place in mid-1990 although, true to form, RCA doesn't bother to say so.

Don Juan of Aragon, better known as Ernani, a bandit chief - Carlo Bergonzi (tenor)
Donna Elvira, betrothed to her uncle but in love with Ernani - Leontyne Price (soprano)
Don Carlo, i.e., Charles I of Spain and Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire - Mario Sereni (baritone)
Don Ruy Gomez de Silva, a grandee of Spain, uncle of Donna Elvira and her betrothed - Ezio Flagello (bass)
Don Riccardo, an esquire of the king - Fernando Iacopucci (tenor)
Iago, a squire of Silva - Hartje Mueller (bass)
Giovanna, Elvira's nurse - Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano)

Thomas Schippers with the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Libretto in Italian and English. Brief summary of the plot. Nothing on the performers and little more on the history of the opera. Track list with timings.

Disk 1 - Prelude, track 1; Act I, tracks 2-12; Act II, tracks 13-16; 67:42.
Disk 2 - Act II (continued), tracks 1-4; Act III, tracks 5-9; Act IV, tracks 10-11; 62:25.

When this recording was made in 1967, it was offered as complete. Subsequent scholarship has turned up a couple of short-lived additions made by Verdi at the request of particular performers for specific performances, most noticeably a piece of vocal display for the tenor near the end of the opera. Except for completists who simply must have everything, nothing significant is lost by their omission here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Verdi! 11 Sep 2013
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In a sense this disc is so good that you can't help but feeling somewhat sad. Let me explain myself. This is a Verdi year, so the market is full of "hommage to Verdi" cds. You listen to them and you sincerely try to find all sorts of justifications in order to like them, not to "live in the past", as they say. You do that and you, sometimes even unconsciously, make one thousand concessions and you end up saying "ok this is not perfect, but all things considered, it should be appreciated for so and so reason. And then, you come across a recording such as this one, of an opera that is, unjustifiably, not in the great 10, say. And you are blown away, totally. You are blown away by the melody, the conducting, the singing, the drama, absolutely everything. I get so often criticised for finding faults with singers like Netrebko or Kaufmann. But, seriously, if we haste to call these singers great, what are we going to do with Leontyne Price and Carlo Bergonzi? Then, they say "you shouldn't make comparisons". Well, it is not possible to avoid comparisons. This disc is a model of great Verdi singing and interpretation. I do not think there has been a greater Verdian singer in the recorded history of opera than Leontyne Price. Whether it is Forza, Trovatore, Ernani, Aida the woman knows her business. There is no kidding here. Carlo Berngonzi rises to the challenge 100%. Thomas Schippers left all TOO young. He had SO MUCH to give.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best 17 Oct 2006
By Lakmé
Although this is not a new recording, I believe it to be one of the best ever. Thomas Schippers' reading is excellent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Early Verdi Muiscal, If Not Dramatic Gem 20 Oct 2005
By Timothy Kearney - Published on Amazon.com
ERNANI is one of Verdi's earlier operas that doesn't get staged all that often. For a while it was performed somewhat frequently in Italy, and there have been some notable stagings of the work at New York's Metropolitan Opera, but the revivals are not because it is a long neglected work as mush as it's a showcase for performers who want to display their vocal skills, and this opera gives great singers a variety of opportunities to give the listener vocal fireworks. The story of the opera is not one of the all time great opera plots: a displaced nobleman becomes a thief, tries to capture the woman he loves so that she won't marry his rival, in a strange turn of events manages to gain her hand in marriage, only to kill himself later because honor is greater than love. It doesn't make all that much sense to listeners today, but it contains all the trappings of opera and in its day was a crowd pleaser, due to the wonderful music. We find a maturing Verdi who is about to reach his stride, the same Verdi who will soon give the world favorites such as RIGOLETTO, LA TRAVIATA, and IL TROVATORE. Like Verdi's great mid period works, it has catchy arias that are show stoppers and rousing choruses that Verdi lovers have grown to love.

The two principals: Leontyne Price as Elvira and Carlo Bergonzi in the title role are spectacular and the robust conducting of Thomas Schippers shows us what we missed by losing him just as his career was rising. Bergonzi's voice is smooth and Price, who is in top vocal form, is spellbinding. We really don't get an emotive quality in either performance, perhaps because getting into the roles may be somewhat difficult, but the beauty of the singing makes up for any lack of dramatic intensity and since there aren't scores of this opera in recorded form, I'm not sure we miss it. It's an opera that's fun to listen to from time to time and when listening to it, we see glimpses of what is yet to come in the Verdi canon. Perhaps because of the Spanish setting, as well as some of the arias, duets, and trios, listeners are reminded of TROVATORE and FORZA.

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich early Verdi opera superbly sung! 26 Feb 2006
By D. J. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Bergonzi and Price are absolutely outstanding in this recording! Rich, high notes ring out powerfully free of distortion and strain. Bergonzi's tenor is vocal velvet with notes spun out effortlessly in a resonant, full timber. Price is Price! What else can you say! One of the greatest Verdi sopranos since Milanov and Tebaldi. Leona Mitchell sang in this class and now we have Sondra Radvanovsky. Thank god the torch gets passed on.Price was blessed with an almost unerring technique that produced the most prodigious sounds: velvet, creamy timber, mesmerizing piano, and what other phrases you may think of. Sereni and Flagello do well vocally but are uninspired. Schippers directs the score superbly with gusto and refinement. The RCA Italiana doesn't get the attention they deserve and under Schippers's knowing baton we have a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comment on Rudy Avila's review. 23 Nov 2005
By Micio - Published on Amazon.com
Rudy Avila is stated as "Top 1000 reviewer", and again, as in his review of Karajan's Salzburg Don Giovanni, he is messing up the singers and now even the conductor. So, does he really look at the cast and listen to the recordings he is writing about ?

Ezio Flagello is no baritone, and Erich Leinsdorf is not the conductor of this recording !

Of course this is a fine recording, and I would recommend it as the best on the market, but consider also the Mono recordings with Previtali as conductor (with Mancini, Penno, Taddei etc) and with

Mitropoulos from Florence or from the MET.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Exciting Verdi 9 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This Ernani(a neglected early masterpiece)has the most exciting moments of any other Verdi I know, and I know most of them. All three principal singers are in great voice,especially Sereni whose role carries the action forward. Bergonzi here earns the respect he has not often seen in a lengthy career and many recordings with famous divas. Price is, of course a legendary star. This period of Verdi is called oom-pah because of the rythmic choral and orchestral passages inspired by Verdi's early street music. That's the root of this opera's excitement. PRIMA!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTER CLASS IN VERDI SINGING 2 May 2008
By John Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
I remember when Price & Bergonzi were singing ERNANI at The Met and The
Times' reviewer wrote that their performances were a "master class in
Verdi singing". Yes, I know I sound like a Dionsaur for saying this, but
when you listen to this gorgeous recording you will, inevitably, think that NOBODY these days is singing on that exalted level. STUNNING!!!
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