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Verdi: Il Trovatore

Carlo Maria Giulini Audio CD
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An acclaimed and versatile conductor, Carlo Maria Giulini started his musical studies as a violinist, attending the Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome. He studied conducting with Bernardino Molinari at Santa Cecilia and Alfredo Casella at Accademia Chigiana in Siena. After graduation, he joined the Augusteo Orchestra in Rome as a violist. As an orchestral musician, he came in contact with the ... Read more in Amazon's Carlo Maria Giulini Store

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  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (31 Dec 1993)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "All'erta! all'erta!"Norbert Balatsch 3:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Di due figli vivea padre beato - Abbietta zingara" / Sull'orlo dei tetti (Ferrando, Coro)Norbert Balatsch 8:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Che pi t'arresti?"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Tacea la notte placida" -"Di tale amor"Carlo Maria Giulini 7:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Tacea la notte!"Carlo Maria Giulini 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Deserto sulla terra"Carlo Maria Giulini 1:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 1 - "Non m'inganno. Ella scende! ... Di geloso amor"Carlo Maria Giulini 4:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)Carlo Maria Giulini 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Stride la vampa!"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Mesta la tua canzon!"Norbert Balatsch 1:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Soli or siamo"Carlo Maria Giulini0:570.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Condotta ell'era in ceppi"Carlo Maria Giulini 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Non son tuo figlio?"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto"Aldo Verrecchia 7:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Tutto deserto"Carlo Maria Giulini 1:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - Il balen del suo sorriso...Per me, ora fataleNorbert Balatsch 7:330.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Ah, se l'error t'ingombra"Norbert Balatsch 2:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Perch piangete?"Norbert Balatsch 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "E deggio e posso crederlo?"Norbert Balatsch 4:480.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Or co' dadi" - "Squilli, echeggi la tromba"Norbert Balatsch 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - In braccio al mio rival!Norbert Balatsch 2:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Giorni poveri vivea"Norbert Balatsch 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Quale d'armi fragor"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Ah s ben mio"Carlo Maria Giulini 3:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - L'onda de' suoni misticiCarlo Maria Giulini0:500.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Manrico?" / "Che?" / "La zingara"Carlo Maria Giulini0:460.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Di quella pira"Carlo Maria Giulini 3:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Siam giunti: ecco la torre"Carlo Maria Giulini 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "D'amor sull'ali rosee"Carlo Maria Giulini 4:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Misere" / "Ah! che la morte ognora"Norbert Balatsch 5:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Tu vedrai che amore"Carlo Maria Giulini 4:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Udiste? Come albeggi" - "Abuso forse quel poter"Carlo Maria Giulini 1:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Qual voce!"/"Mira, di acerbe lagrime...Vivr! Contende il giublio"Carlo Maria Giulini 6:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - Madre, non dormi?...Ai nostri montiCarlo Maria Giulini 9:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Che! Non m'inganna quel fioco lume? ... Ha quest'infame l'amor venduto"Carlo Maria Giulini 4:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 4 - "Ti scosta!"..."Non respingermi"Carlo Maria Giulini 4:560.79  Buy MP3 


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely slow in places but a great recording 20 Dec 2012
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Per square inch Verdi's Il Trovatore is more packed with melody and pace than any of his operas - it delights every time I listen to it. I have skirted around this particular recording for a number of years, primarily because I already had Domingo's first studio recording under Mehta and I didn't see the need for a second (let alone a third under Levine). I bought it because of its reputation for the unusual tempi of Carlo Maria Giulini, who reportedly had studied the autograph score in preparation for the recording.

I found the pacing interesting, and nothing too startling. "Di tale amor che dirsi" is slower than would be expected as is "Il balen del suo sorriso" and "Di quella pira". All taxing the singers greatly because they are taken at so slow a pace, but ultimately I quite liked it. So it's different from that point of view.

Plowright is great. Here is an English soprano in the auditorium of Santa Cecilia in Rome - a Mecca for the great Decca recordings of the 50s and 60s (where the likes of Tebaldi recorded) - singing with assurance, sensitivity and colour. She interprets the role: you can feel her angst over her love of a stranger and then the turmoil of the desperate measures she is forced to undertake.

Zancanaro has a unique tone as a baritone: it's high, sharp and solid. There's a quiver to his voice but I don't find it disagreeable. His Di Luna is imposing and dark.

Now Domingo. He himself says that Trovatore (apart from the obligatory double top C) is a role beautifully suited to his voice, a voice that changed dramatically in the 80s. It has more steel and a cutting silver edge. He no longer sounds like he is singing above his weight, as I think he did in some of his recordings in the 70s. Here his voice positively gleams.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pearl 24 Jan 2003
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This is a wonderful version of Il Trovatore. Not only is it well conducted by Giulini, and greatly performed by Domingo, Plowright and others, it is also a digital recording, which greatly enhances the sound quality. Although there are some legendary earlier recordings of Il Trovatore (e.g. Callas with Karajan), they are all analog recordings, and in that respect this recording is far beyond their reach.
As for performance, I think Domingo performs even better here than in the earlier RCA recording with Mehta. It can be argued whether anyone can reach the hights of Maria Callas, but I think Plowright's performance is simply marvellous. If there are no other performers for you but Maria Callas, then so be it. Anyone else might want to consider this recording, however.
This Il Trovatore is maybe slightly slower in conducting than most other Tosca recordings on market. However, I'm likely to think this recording most closely matches the way Verdi originally meant it to be. After all, Giulini spent a long time studying Verdi't original notes before recording and followed the composer's instructions. All in all I highly recommend this recording!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible recording of this work. 28 Oct 2001
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I am not normally inclined to write reviews, but I feel that I must improve upon the previous two reviewers. One has not even heard the recording, and one may as well not have. The libretto is in German, Italian, French AND English. There is no need to worry about that. The insert is actually very interesting. Maybe if the previous two reviewers had actually read it...
As for the music itself, this recording is certainly one of the best on the market. It is probably the closest to what Verdi originally had in mind. In preparation for this recording, Giulini spent a lot of time going over Verdi's original autograph. The tempo is marginally slower in a number of spots, but this reflects Verdi's original tempo markings. Only in one part do I fell it takes a little away from the dramatic buildup, but this is a really rather minor point. The slower tempo allows the performers a bit of space to explore the musical line more, and often with surprisingly good results. Giulini recognizes Verdi's genius and submits to it and the performance is wonderful.
The singers are also in top form. The first reviewer (who wrote a very good review) is correct in saying that Plowright is not as good as Callas (in the Karajan recording) but she can still sing very well. There is nothing lacking in her performance. Domingo is much better here that he was in the RCA recording (with Mehta). Zancanaro gives a compelling performance as diLuna and many of the other roles are filled very well.
There are very few, very minor, problems with this recording, most of them stemming from the slightly slower tempo, but these problems are admirably made up for in other aspects making one of the best performances of the work ever.
This recording is easy first choice for the modern listener, though fans of the old will want to keep Karajan and Callas nearby, only for Callas' incredible performance. Giulini does an incredible job and there is nothing, including the previous two reviews, that should keep one from buying this set. A perfect recording, and extremely enjoyable.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Il Trovatore 29 Oct 2000
By J. Luis Juarez Echenique - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a most untypical but drop-dead gorgeous Il Trovatore. First of all the aristocratic conducting of Carlo Maria Giulini. His reading is slower than usual but never drags, he shapes everything beautifully and makes great music of Verdi's tunes. The Azucena of Brigitte Fassbaender is also very untypical. She doesn't spark the fireworks like a Cossotto or a Barbieri, but she sings well and knows what her role is all about. This recording made Rosalind Plowright an international star and I rather like her Leonora, but it would be foolish to pretend she is the league of a Callas, Milanov or Price. Domingo sings much better here than in his previous RCA Trovatore, and if he is not a natural Manrico like Corelli or Martinelli he is certainly very fine. But to me the best singing in this set comes from the marvelous italian baritone Giorgio Zancanaro, who has one of the finest singing lines of our time. His aria with the marvelous support of Giulini is Verdi singing at its best. All in all this is one of the finest Trovatores available. In the digital era only Levine is a serious rival, mostly because of his better Leonora, but Domingo is in better voice here.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for every Verdi collector! 29 Jan 2003
By Harrmor - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very special recording of a much-loved masterpiece! This "Il Trovatore" is something that every Verdi lover should add to his collection for many reasons. First of all, the work is presented in its entirety and exactly as written! All the second verses of the cabalettas are included (something quite rare) and the singers sing the notes exactly as Verdi wrote them (with the cadenzas etc.). Maestro Giulini studied very carefully Verdi's autograph score and he used slow tempos in his recordings but these slow tempos absolutely agree with Verdi! They may surprise you but be sure this is the way Verdi wrote this wonderful opera!
In addition to all this, we have 5 wonderful singers in the main roles! Placido Domingo, then at his absolute peak of his career,gives us an exciting and heroic Manrico, one of the best on record. He sings "Di quella pira" an octave lower than usual (Verdi wrote it this way) and doesn't keep the high note in the end very long (again like Verdi wrote and under Giulini's instructions) but his is a totally compelling performance of the cabaletta! He is very lyric and gives us a quite persuating Manrico.
Rosalind Plowright may not be a Callas or a Price, but she sings with involvement and absolutely correctly. Hers is a beautiful voice, quite low (she later sang mezzo roles such as Amneris) but her top notes are thrilling also.
Brigitte Fassbaender sang the role of Azucena for the first time in this recording and her portrayal of the gypsy is thrilling. Her technique is faultless and her voice in perfect form.
Giorgio Zancanaro was one of the best baritones in the 80's and 90's and this recording absolutely justifies why. His rich voice matches very well to the part of di Luna and gives us a terrifying portrayal. Bravo!
Finally, Evgeny Nesterenko is plainly thrilling as Ferrando. Listen to his prologue and you will understand why.
All in all, I must recommend this set to every Verdi and opera lover! It offers an exciting musical experience!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful But Not Powerful: 20 Feb 2006
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This recording of Verdi's Trovatore, made in the 80's, should not be your first choice for a Trovatore recording, despite a beautifully sung interpretation by great singers- Placido Domingo (in his third recorded Manrico), Rosalind Plowright, Birgitte Fassbaender and Giorgio Zancanaro. Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, late in his career, conducts with utmost delicacy and a slow, leisurely pace, revealing his old age as compared to the vigor he conducted with in such earlier recordings as Mozart's Don Giovanni and the EMI Don Carlos with Domingo, Caballe and Milnes. However, it is a beautiful reading of the score, and sounds considerably darker and more haunting than other conductor's treatments - like the supercharged Herbert Van Karajan for instance or Zubin Mehta.

The CAST: Giorgio Zancanaro [Count Di Luna) ** Rosalind Plowright [Leonora] ** Brigitte Fassbaender [Azucena] ** Plácido Domingo) [Manrico ** Evgeny Nesterenko [Ferrando] ** Anna di Stasio [Ines] ** Walter Gullino [Ruiz] ** Alfredo Giacomotti [An old Gypsy] ** Aldo Verrecchia [A messenger).

Enough has already been said about the flawed vocal technique and interpretation of Leonora by soprano Rosalind Plowright, who has of course retired and other than this recording, is found as Leonora Di Vargas in Forza Del Destino. A British soprano, she possesses a huge, lyric voice but she has been criticized for thsi Leonora because it's considerably underpowered next to the more razzle-dazzle Leonoras of Maria Callas and Leontyne Price. For me, only Leontyne truly satisfies as the best Leonora. Plowright has some things in her favor however. Her account of the role is mature, beautiful and controlled. Instead of succumbing to melodrama, she remains the most cool Leonora ever performed. Consequently, she masters all the slow cavatinas - Tacea La Notte, D'al Amor Sul Ali Rosee and the Miserere scene. For the Miserere scene, however, she self-consciously sings like Maria Callas, lowering her voice to reveal a chest register that is not as good as one would like. In fact, throughout the more dramatic portions of the opera, she imitates Callas quite well, though admitedly she's better than Angela Gheorghiu in the recent recording with Roberto Alagna. But on the upside, Domingo sings what many have come to believe is his finest Manrico on recording. His voice at this stage in his career was darker, more mature and able to produce subtle tones. He has lost the freshness and vitality of his RCA 1970 Manrico with Price and Milnes. I don't think this is his best Manrico, though there are terrific moments such as the famous "Di Quella Pira" which stands out from all others because Giulini followed Verdi's original instructions. Manrico's aria is supposed to be dramatic but written in mezzo di voce and therefore Domingo sings the aria without the glorious high top, stepping it down octaves lower than usual and does not sustain the high note that finalizes the aria. This, however, does not detract from the intensity of the moment, but alas Domingo sounds like he's done with singing Manrico by this point. And indeed he never sang Manrico on recording after this. This is not his best Manrico (the one with Leontyne and Sherill Milnes is) but it is a very handsomely sung interpretation. Is there anything that Domingo does not sing beautifully ? This one's for Domingo fans.

Birgitte Fassbaender had a flexible, lyric mezzo soprano voice and she has done excellent operatic roles that range from Prince Orlofsky from Strauss' Die Fleidermaus and Charlotte the heroine in Massenet's Werther. But Fassbaender is primarily a lyric mezzo soprano and does not possess the "nastiness" and "bite" for the role of Azucena, the vindictive, witch-like Gypsy who gets her revenge on the Count Di Luna at the end of the opera. Fassbaender, therefore, is consequently miscast as Azucena and is lackluster next to the Azucenas of Fiorenza Cossotto and Dolora Zajick- whose account of the role on the Aprille Millo/Domingo Trovatore is unrivaled. Fassbaender does a lot of beautiful things with the music for Azucena but is totally miscast. You have to be a fan of hers in order to appreciate her Azucena. But I think it's purely experimental of her part to sing this. Even Elena Obraztsova scored better success as Azucena.

Finally, Zancanaro is an outstanding Count Di Luna, perhaps even outshining Sherill Milnes. He is into his character, sing with fine Verdi musicality and his bass voice is expressive, huge and handsome. Zancanaro is less admirable as Scarpia which he sang in a recording with Carol Vaness. This role is better suited to his lyric voice. The truth about this recording's merits are that the singers are lyric, as is the conductor's reading of the score. But if you prefer more dramatic and fiery Trovatores, look elsewhere. Try these:

The Maria Callas Trovatore (inevitably)

Any Trovatore with Mario Del Monaco as Manrico

Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Giuletta Simionato, Ettore Bastianni/Karajan

Leontyne Price, Placido Domingo, Fiorenza Cossotto, Sherill Milnes/Mehta

Aprille Millo, Placido Domingo, Dolora Zajick/Levine

Katia Ricciarelli, Jose Carreras/Sir Colin Davis
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Il Trovatore 29 Oct 2000
By J. Luis Juarez Echenique - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a most untypical but drop-dead gorgeous Il Trovatore. First of all the aristocratic conducting of Carlo Maria Giulini. His reading is slower than usual but never drags, he shapes everything beautifully and makes great music of Verdi's tunes. The Azucena of Brigitte Fassbaender is also very untypical. She doesn't spark the fireworks like a Cossotto or a Barbieri, but she sings well and knows what her role is all about. This recording made Rosalind Plowright an international star and I rather like her Leonora, but it would be foolish to pretend she is the league of a Callas, Milanov or Price. Domingo sings much better here than in his previous RCA Trovatore, and if he is not a natural Manrico like Corelli or Martinelli he is certainly very fine. But to me the best singing in this set comes from the marvelous italian baritone Giorgio Zancanaro, who has one of the finest singing lines of our time. His aria with the marvelous support of Giulini is Verdi singing at its best. All in all this is one of the finest Trovatores available. In the digital era only Levine is a serious rival, mostly because of his better Leonora, but Domingo is in better voice here.
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