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  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (16 Oct. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B00004XPU3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Verdi: Jérusalem - Overture (Introduction)L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 4:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Non, ce bruit ce n'est rienMarcello Giordani 1:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
  3. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Adieu, mon bien-aiméMarina Mescheriakova 1:38£0.39  Buy MP3 
  4. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Ave Maria, ma voix te prieMarina Mescheriakova 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Le lever du soleilL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
  6. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Enfin voici le jour propiceChoeur Du Grand Theatre De Geneve 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Avant que nous partionsPhilippe Rouillon 1:28£0.39  Buy MP3 
  8. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Je trembleHélène Le Corre 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - A vous, Comte, jusqu'au trépasMarcello Giordani 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Cité du Seigneur, Saint Sépulcre CalvaireHélène Le Corre 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Viens, ô pécheur rebelleRoberto Scandiuzzi 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Oh! dans l'ombre, dans le mystèreRoberto Scandiuzzi 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Je t'attendaisRoberto Scandiuzzi 1:04£0.39  Buy MP3 
14. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Fier soldat de la croisadeChoeur Du Grand Theatre De Geneve 1:33£0.39  Buy MP3 
15. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Ah! Viens, démon esprit du malRoberto Scandiuzzi 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 1 - Mais quel tumulteRoberto Scandiuzzi 9:20£0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Grâce mon Dieu!Roberto Scandiuzzi 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - O jour fatal!Roberto Scandiuzzi 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Du secours, ô mon Dieu!Simon Edwards 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Loin des croisésMarina Mescheriakova 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Quelle ivresse! (Polonaise)Hélène Le Corre 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - O mon Dieu! (Choeur des Pèlerins)Choeur Du Grand Theatre De Geneve 6:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Ecoutez!Choeur Du Grand Theatre De Geneve 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Dieu soit loué!Philippe Rouillon 2:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Le Seigneur nous prometPhilippe Rouillon 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - L'Emir auprès de lui m'appelleMarcello Giordani 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Je veux encore entendre ta voixMarcello Giordani 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Prisonnier dans RamlaMarcello Giordani 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Hélène...O ciel, GastonMarina Mescheriakova 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Dans la honte et l'épouvanteMarcello Giordani 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Une pensée amèreMarina Mescheriakova 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 2 - Aux armesMarina Mescheriakova 1:49£0.39  Buy MP3 


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  1. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - O belle captiveChoeur Du Grand Theatre De Geneve 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.1 Pas de quatre: AndanteL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1:58£0.39  Buy MP3 
  3. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.1 Pas de quatre: AllegroL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1:34£0.39  Buy MP3 
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  6. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.2 Pas de deux:Allegro moderato assaiL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.2 Pas de deux: Allegro non troppoL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
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10. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.3 Pas solo: AndanteL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.3 Pas solo: ScherzandoL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande0:48£0.39  Buy MP3 
12. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.3 Pas solo: Allegro moderatoL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
13. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.3 Pas solo: AllegroL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1:32£0.39  Buy MP3 
14. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Airs de Ballet No.4 Pas d'ensemble: AllegroL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Les ChrétiensJovo Reljin0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
16. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Que m'importeMarina Mescheriakova 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - On s'égorge, on se tueMarina Mescheriakova 5:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Marche funèbreL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Barons et chevalier, devant vous je protesteMarcello Giordani 2:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - O mes amis!Marcello Giordani 2:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 3 - Qu'on exécute la sentenceSlobodan Stankovic 6:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 4 - Voici de Josaphat la lugubre valléeRoberto Scandiuzzi 7:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 4 - Saint Ermite, c'est vousRoberto Scandiuzzi 1:20£0.39  Buy MP3 
24. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 4 - C'est lui!Marina Mescheriakova 3:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 4 - Dieu nous sépare, HélèneMarcello Giordani 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Verdi: Jérusalem / Act 4 - La BatailleL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 1:02£0.39  Buy MP3 
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BBC Review

This is the French adaptation of I lombardi which Verdi produced for Paris in 1847. The plot was altered, with the Lombardians becoming French Crusaders from Toulouse, but as much as possible of the shape and emotional curve of the Italian original was retained. Verdi wrote an orchestral introduction to replace the brief prelude of I lombardi, made a few changes to his score and composed some new music, including the obligatory (for Paris) ballet whose music is pleasant and colourfully scored. Jérusalem has been slowly creeping back into the repertoire, and it is good to have it on disc as Verdi's centenary year approaches.

The Russian soprano Marina Mescheriakova brings to the role of Hélène a huge and splendidly firm voice and a fine understanding of the style required. She is tender in her Act I 'Ave Maria' and exciting in Act II's polonaise, 'Quelle ivresse'. Her lover Gaston is sung by Marcello Giordani, who is stylistically less secure, but vocally satisfactory. Roberto Scandiuzzi, as the villainous but complex Roger, gives a fine dramatic performance, and all three combine to make the beautiful Act IV trio very moving. The other roles are all more than competently handled, and Fabio Luisi conducts a stirring account of Verdi's energetic score. Highly recommended.

Performance *****
Sound ****

© BBC Music Magazine 2000

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 July 2010
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While the Italians cling to the cruder, more rumbustious earlier version of this opera, "I Lombardi", presumably mainly because its patriotic theme is explicit, I am with Verdi scholar Julian Budden in preferring this re-write for Paris in 1847; it is a more coherent, homogeneous work despite the persistent incongruities and inconsistencies of the plot. It maintains a more compact and comprehensible narrative line, the number of scenes being reduced from eleven to seven, and retains most of the best music from "I Lombardi". Verdi wisely jettisoned the naiveties such as the heavenly vision scene and wrote some new, refined and beautiful music such as the delicate passage depicting the sunrise in the first scene and also a completely new finale to Act 3. There are still some rather jolly throwbacks: the soldiers' chorus "Fier soldat" sounds heavily indebted to Mercadante in his more bombastic mode, but by and large this is a more mature Verdi - as you would expect, four years on and writing for the discriminating and rather rigid Parisians. The obligatory ballet is charming, inoffensive music - and of course a bit of a bore for the listener without the benefit of the accompanying visual stimulus of dance; just skip it if you want, but at least we have the complete score here.

I also think this is the best of Luisi's three early Verdi operas, recorded to fill the gaps left by Gardelli. He is both more energised and subtle here than in "Alzira" and "Aroldo" and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are again very fine: sharp and responsive.

Revisiting this recording, I in fact found it to be much better than I had remembered from a first listening several years back.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M R Gentle on 13 Oct. 2004
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The previous reviewer is possibly disadvantaged by being a French-speaker! Being used to listening to French and Italian operas when I speak neither language, I can say that if you're able to listen to them as 'beautiful sounds', you won't have any problem. Maybe in this case ignorance IS bliss. There are very few versions of JERUSALEM (or the re-Italianised version, GERUSALEMME) around at the moment, and you have to take them as you find them. This one is also, as it says on the cover, the first complete recording.
Personally I prefer Verdi's first thoughts, and think I LOMBARDI is the better work, but some of that is to do with the required form of French Grand Opera - which makes JERUSALEM more lengthy, and sticks in a looooong ballet sequence - and some with a fondness for those tunes in LOMBARDI that got left out of JERUSALEM. (And in a couple of places were replaced by bits of ERNANI - I suppose a case of 'waste not, want not' . . . !)
However, listening to JERUSALEM will bring you some very fine music - and, in this particular set, fine voices - and it may well be better to approach it as a completely different opera. It packs a punch - and I don't think most people listening to Mescheriakova and Scanduzzi and the others are going to be disappointed with what they hear.
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7 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charles Voogd on 15 Dec. 2000
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This stupid opera on a very silly libretto can only be saved with an excellent cast and an enormously devoted conductor and production team.
Nothing will be yours with this set. Completeness is one thing, but do it great or don't!
What went wrong here? Everyone here who has to sing French sings French with garlic butter in their throath singing the silly lines without involvement.
Even if you don't know more French than merci, you can hear that nobody here knows what he or she is singing about. It's like hearing someone say I love you as if he is ordering a soda-pop.
The two tenors are the worst singing Franco-Russians I've ever encountered. Every phrase, every French nuance, every syllabe is stressed in the wrong way.
Well, I've got to stop myself, otherwise I start shouting....
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Paris revision of I Lombardi 10 Oct. 2002
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Before Verdi wrote his two original Paris operas, Les Vepres Sicillienes and Don Carlos, he first tried his hand with this reworking of an earlier Italian opera - I Lombardi. Although BBC Radio 3 have an unreleased recording of Jérusalem from the 80's lurking somewhere in their vaults, this is the first time Verdi's Paris revision of his crusader opera has made it onto disc. The original Italian version was recorded in 1975 by Gavazzeni with Carreras in the lead role and is still available (also on Philips).
Comparing the two versions, the later French one has a considerably tighter plot, with a well structured quartet of major roles - crusader count, his daughter, young hero, wicked uncle, and less activity for the chorus than the Italian original. Verdi was so pleased with his revision that he had it translated back into Italian as Gerusalemme and withdrew I Lombardi. The French version's extra length (and extra CD) is partly due to the Parisian grande opéra requirement for a ballet which Verdi inserted, appropriately, in the heroine's harem scene. Anyone wanting to get an idea of the musical difference between I Lombardi and Jérusalem can hear an aria from each on Roberto Alagna's 1998 Verdi Arias disc on EMI.
This 2001 recording recieved a mixed welcome in France. Classica rewarded the set a 'recommandé par Classica' and Télérama awarded it 'ffff' (top marks), but Diapason magazine was less impressed. One problem was that the French pronunciation of the mainly foreign cast didn't go down well with the reviewers: "One regrets that the French diction of the cast of Jérusalem, apart from Philippe Rouillon, is deficient and diminishes the success of this rewriting for the Opéra de Paris, in 1847, of I Lombardi."(Renaud Machart in Le Monde). On the other hand, you'd have thought that most people (the critics of Le Monde excepted) would not be too bothered about the way Italians sing French, and the Russian soprano Marina Mescheriakova compensates very prettily for un-French consonants.
Overall if neither the opera nor the recording is the absolute masterpiece that is Pappano and Alagna's EMI recording of the French original of Don Carlos, then it is still pretty good. If you already have the French version of Don Carlos and enjoyed it, you'll almost certainly like this as well.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Earrly Verdi 23 Nov. 2001
By John G. Gleeson Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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Jerusalem is a "rewrite" by Verdi of his fourth opera, I Lombardi. It is an instructional exercise to listen to both operas sequentially, because the composer's growth as a musical dramatist is obvious. The performance is generally excellent: well conducted and well sung. It is frequently said that the recent emphasis on bel canto opera has resulted in a lack of great Verdian voices, and, especially as relates to sopranos and baritones, I tend to agree. But that is nit-picking as far as this album is concerned. It is a totally enjoyable listening experience from start to finish. If you like Verdi, you'll love this recording, and if you are "testing the water" as far as opera goes, this will be an excellent start. Buy and enjoy!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
jerusalem by verdi 28 May 2002
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I am not familiar with the parent opera, I Lombardi, and this is the first recording of this work. In my humble opinion it is breathtaking. I love the singing, the conducting and the orchestra. The sound quality is superb. Verdi added a powerful scene where the hero Gaston is humilited by having his weapons destoyed for the crime he is innocent of ( my guese is that at the premier this must have moved the audience to tears ). I read up on the story of I lombardi and as far as the drama is concerned Jerusalem is differnt opera. If you love Verdi as I do ( I even have Oberto ) you'll fall in love with this recording and with this opera. By all means by it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A new Giacomo Aragall in an almost forgotten masterpiece? 7 Mar. 2001
By A. Schelling - Published on Amazon.com
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Many people say that there are no longer great Verdi singers left. I think it is only a littebit true, but when I first heard Marcello Giordani, I forget all my scepsis. Here we can hear a great singer which reminds me of no one less than Giacomo Aragall or perhaps a young Jose Carreras. I wanted to give him a five star rating, but the rest of this recording is good to very good, but not outstanding. Mescheriakova has a beautiful voice, but she is not (yet) a Verdi singer. Scandiuzzi is very good and I specially like the chorus. Fabio Luisi, I rate as 'adequate': he doesn't give that warm Verdi feeling. The orchestra plays very well. The last point I want to make is that of the great value of this recording. I posses many legal or barelylegal recordings of Verdi operas, but this is the first of this masterpiece. Buy it!!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A more unified and sophisticated, Gallic younger sibling to "I Lombardi" 14 July 2010
By Ralph Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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While the Italians cling to the cruder, more rumbustious earlier version of this opera, "I Lombardi", presumably mainly because its patriotic theme is explicit, I am with Verdi scholar Julian Budden in preferring this re-write for Paris in 1847; it is a more coherent, homogeneous work despite the persistent incongruities and inconsistencies of the plot. It maintains a more compact and comprehensible narrative line, the number of scenes being reduced from eleven to seven, and retains most of the best music from "I Lombardi". Verdi wisely jettisoned the naiveties such as the heavenly vision scene and wrote some new, refined and beautiful music such as the delicate passage depicting the sunrise in the first scene and also a completely new finale to Act 3. There are still some rather jolly throwbacks: the soldiers' chorus "Fier soldat" sounds heavily indebted to Mercadante in his more bombastic mode, but by and large this is a more mature Verdi - as you would expect, four years on and writing for the discriminating and rather rigid Parisians. The obligatory ballet is charming, inoffensive music - and of course a bit of a bore for the listener without the benefit of the accompanying visual stimulus of dance; just skip it if you want, but at least we have the complete score here.

I also think this is the best of Luisi's three early Verdi operas, recorded to fill the gaps left by Gardelli. He is both more energised and subtle here than in "Alzira" and "Aroldo" and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande are again very fine: sharp and responsive.

Revisiting this recording, I in fact found it to be much better than I had remembered from a first listening several years back. I have read some very indignant objections to the French accents of the principal singers and it is true that the two French singers inevitably remind us of what sung French should sound like; Philippe Rouillon as the Conte de Toulouse has a particularly lovely bass and enunciates his mother tongue beautifully. Mescheriakova has a real Verdi spinto soprano, powerful and penetrating, but in addition to too wide a vibrato her pronunciation of French is almost wholly occluded by an absence of consonants. Conversely, Marcello Giordano, who also has a proper Verdi tenor with a ringing top C if a rather grainy tone, has typically Italian problems with his French vowels. Mushy consonants didn't stop Joan Sutherland having a glittering career and many an Italian singer has enjoyed success happily mangling the French language; when the French themselves start once more to produce more singers capable of doing justice to their lovely language in opera they will have a right to complain, but meanwhile...

Scandiuzzi as the repentant hermit is caught before the time when his vibrato started to loosen prematurely and degenerate into a full-blown wobble; he sings gravely and expressively in a manner not unlike Ruggero Raimondi. He in fact of the three non-French principals sings the best French, even if it remains a bit "international".

I am not quite resigned to hearing favourite arias such as "La mia letizia infondere" rendered in French, which does not really sit well with the music but this recording makes an excellent case for a neglected opera. There is a bargain live recording (on Opera d'Oro and Bella Voce) from Turin in 1975 with Ricciarelli and Carreras, who are superb, but I believe it is cut and there is a less than distinguished supporting cast; I have never had much time for Siegmund Nimsgern's bleaty baritone and some of the other singers are poor. Mind you, I could wish that Luisi had recruited two comprimario basses other than the same two dreadful singers who also disfigure "Alzira" - but bass Daniel Borowski as the Papal Legate provides some compensation.

So this is the one to get unless you especially want the young Ricciarelli and Carreras - and I admit that his is the voice I would most want to hear in the roles of Gaston and Oronte - but this set recorded in 2000 is a fine achievement, despite the niggles.
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