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Verdi: La Forza del Destino [Box set]

Placido Domingo, James Levine Audio CD
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  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (16 Jan 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B005SJINTS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. OvertureJames Levine 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Buona notte, mia figliaKurt Moll;Leontyne Price;James Levine 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Temea restasseJames Levine 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Me pellegrina ed orfanaJames Levine 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: M'aiuti, signorinaGillian Knight;Leontyne Price;James Levine0:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Ah! Per semprePlácido Domingo;Leontyne Price;James Levine 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Dimani si partiràLeontyne Price;Plácido Domingo;Gillian Knight;James Levine 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: E tardiLeontyne Price;Plácido Domingo;Gillian Knight;Kurt Moll;James Levine 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Holà, holà, holà!James Levine 1:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: La cena è pronta!Malcolm King;Sherrill Milnes;Leontyne Price;Michel Sénéchal;Fiorenza Cossotto;James Levine 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Al suon del tamburoFiorenza Cossotto;Sherrill Milnes;Malcolm King;James Levine 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Padre Eterno SignorSherrill Milnes;Malcolm King;Leontyne Price;James Levine 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Viva la buona compagnia!Sherrill Milnes;Fiorenza Cossotto;Malcolm King;Michel Sénéchal;James Levine 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Poich'imberbeSherrill Milnes;Malcolm King;James Levine 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Sta beneMalcolm King;Fiorenza Cossotto;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Son giunta! Grazie, o Dio!Leontyne Price;James Levine 1:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Madre, Madre, pietosa VergineLeontyne Price;James Levine 5:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Chi siete? 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Chi mi cerca?Bonaldo Giaiotti;Leontyne Price;Gabriel Bacquier;James Levine 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Se voi scacciateLeontyne Price;Bonaldo Giaiotti;James Levine 6:43£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Il santo nomeJames Levine;Bonaldo Giaiotti;Gabriel Bacquier 8:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: La Vergine degli angeliLeontyne Price;James Levine 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Attenti al gioco, attentiPeter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;James Levine 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: La vita è inferno all'infelicePlácido Domingo;James Levine 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Oh, tu che in seno agl'angeliPlácido Domingo;James Levine 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Al tradimentoSherrill Milnes;Peter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;Plácido Domingo;William Elvin;James Levine 4:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Piano, qui posiSherrill Milnes;William Elvin;Plácido Domingo;James Levine 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Solenne in quest'oraPlácido Domingo;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Morir! Tremenda cosa!Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Urna fatale del mio destinoSherrill Milnes;William Elvin;James Levine 5:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Compagni, sostiamoPeter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;James Levine 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Nè gustare m'è datoPlácido Domingo;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sleale! Il segretoPlácido Domingo;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 6:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Fermi, arrestate!Peter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;Sherrill Milnes;Plácido Domingo;James Levine 1:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Lorche è pifferi e tamburiPeter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;Fiorenza Cossotto;James Levine 2:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Qua, vivandiere, un sorsoPeter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;Fiorenza Cossotto;James Levine0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: A buon mercato chi vuol comprareMichel Sénéchal;Peter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;James Levine 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Pane, pan per caritàPeter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;Fiorenza Cossotto;James Levine 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Nella guerra è la folliaFiorenza Cossotto;James Levine 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Toh, toh! Poffare il mondo!Gabriel Bacquier;Peter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;James Levine 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Lasciatelo ch'ei vadaFiorenza Cossotto;Peter Hall;Edgar Fleet;Brian Etheridge;William Mason;James Levine 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Fate la caritàGabriel Bacquier;Bonaldo Giaiotti;James Levine 7:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Auf! Pazienza non v'haGabriel Bacquier;Bonaldo Giaiotti;James Levine 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Giunge qualcun, apriteBonaldo Giaiotti;Sherrill Milnes;Gabriel Bacquier;James Levine 1:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Invano AlvaroSherrill Milnes;Plácido Domingo;James Levine 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Le minacce, i fieri accentiPlácido Domingo;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 1:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Ah, una suora me lasciastiSherrill Milnes;Plácido Domingo;James Levine 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Pace, pace mio DioLeontyne Price;James Levine 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Io muoio!Sherrill Milnes;Plácido Domingo;Leontyne Price;James Levine 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Forza del Destino - Highlights: Non imprecare, umiliatiBonaldo Giaiotti;Leontyne Price;Plácido Domingo;James Levine 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FORCE OF VERDI 2 Nov 2013
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This performance is my idea of a triumph, although there have to be some reservations about the way Leontyne Price handles the heroine's role. The recording, from 1977 originally, can be praised without any reservation, and I find the booklet perfectly adequate. It does not contain the libretto in full, but it lists the heads of the successive numbers and tells us who is taking part in each. There is also a very good summary of the plot, which is a simple one, and these two features together give me as much detail as I need or want. What I really, really want is the glorious music, and that is given to me as I like it.

Those critics may be right who find Price not on her best form, but I incline to a more sympathetic view that it is more a matter of the interpretation (whether hers or Levine's or a bit of both)applied to the character of Leonora. This Leonora is a gentle creature, unlike certain other Leonoras e.g. in Fidelio. It could well be that Price did not wish, or was not advised, to be unduly assertive. That would certainly be understandable, but it might have been a little unwise all the same. The character of Leonora is central to the plot, but in fact she gets surprisingly little to sing. On the second disc, which is the longest of the three, she takes part in a short number just after the start which she has to share with three monks, and then she is not heard again until the very end of the opera. An interpretation of the part that inclines to the demure side risks letting Domingo and Milnes as Alvaro and Carlo out-sing her and out-act her, which is dangerously near to what happens. A good rule in Verdi is probably - whenever you are in doubt how to go about such-and-such a part always opt for hyperbole. That is just the nature of Verdi's style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a dramatical and musical success 11 April 2013
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This recording of La Forza is a success. Levine's conducting is superb and all performers are dramatically involved and in a fine voice.. except Price - but by no means does she ruin the show. She was a great singer but here she is merely adequate whereas the other performers are excellent. Price sounds at times inappropriately shrill and harsh. I think she was simply not ideal for this role. Of the singers, praise goes especially to Domingo but also to Milnes and Cossotto.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the only slight negative is Price 11 April 2013
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This recording of La Forza is a success. Levine's conducting is superb and all performers are dramatically involved and in a fine voice.. except Price - but by no means does she ruin the show. She was a great singer but here she is merely adequate whereas the other performers are excellent. Price sounds at times inappropriately shrill and harsh. I think she was simply not ideal for this role. Of the singers, praise goes especially to Domingo but also to Milnes and Cossotto. (Printed libretto not included)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE FORCE OF VERDI 2 Nov 2013
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This performance is my idea of a triumph, although there have to be some reservations about the way Leontyne Price handles the heroine’s role. The recording, from 1977 originally, can be praised without any reservation, and I find the booklet perfectly adequate. It does not contain the libretto in full, but it lists the heads of the successive numbers and tells us who is taking part in each. There is also a very good summary of the plot, which is a simple one, and these two features together give me as much detail as I need or want. What I really, really want is the glorious music, and that is given to me as I like it.

Those critics may be right who find Price not on her best form, but I incline to a more sympathetic view that it is more a matter of the interpretation (whether hers or Levine’s or a bit of both)applied to the character of Leonora. This Leonora is a gentle creature, unlike certain other Leonoras e.g. in Fidelio. It could well be that Price did not wish, or was not advised, to be unduly assertive. That would certainly be understandable, but it might have been a little unwise all the same. The character of Leonora is central to the plot, but in fact she gets surprisingly little to sing. On the second disc, which is the longest of the three, she takes part in a short number just after the start which she has to share with three monks, and then she is not heard again until the very end of the opera. An interpretation of the part that inclines to the demure side risks letting Domingo and Milnes as Alvaro and Carlo out-sing her and out-act her, which is dangerously near to what happens. A good rule in Verdi is probably – whenever you are in doubt how to go about such-and-such a part always opt for hyperbole. That is just the nature of Verdi’s style.

There is one other female role of any significance, and that is the fortune-teller Preziosilla. Cossotto deals with this very well, but it is manifestly a part that is only there to allow for another female voice in an opera that is exceptionally dominated by male singers. The men have to sing well in that case, and in the event they sing superbly. Of the ‘minor’ parts I might single out Giaiotti as the abbot, but they are all good. However everything revolves round the tenor/baritone lead parts of Alvaro and Carlo, and we have two great singers in superlative voice here. The challenge is a familiar one in Verdi, and one that Verdi’s great admirer Bernard Shaw pointed up in Verdi’s own long lifetime. Simply, Verdi has a strong preference for the upper fifth of the voice. This is what makes such a predominance of male timbre tolerable, but it takes its toll on the human vocal chords when the style is as strenuous as Verdi’s is. I suppose in that case we should include congratulations to modern voice trainers and coaches for helping their mighty students in the way they manifestly must have done. Leontyne Price has come off next best through her seeming restraint, but the sound of Domingo and Milnes, separately and together, is something to live for. Glancing down the numbers in Act III I see about half an hour’s uninterrupted singing for them, mostly at full volume. They sound as if they loved it, but I bet even they were relieved at not having to fight a duel while they were about it, as they would have had to do on stage.

There is no way that I could award this set less than the full five stars. If I have given any impression that even Price is less than good, let me take this opportunity to say that I meant nothing of the kind. A great Verdi rendering is like taking a bath in melody, and as someone once said Verdi’s music has power with a capital ‘POW!’ This is a musical experience I would not have wanted to miss.
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