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Verdi: Otello [CD]

Placido Domingo, Myung-Whun Chung, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo Audio CD
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  • Performer: Plácido Domingo, Cheryl Studer, Sergei Leiferkus, Ramón Vargas
  • Orchestra: Hauts-de-Seine Maîtrise, Paris Opéra-Bastille Chorus
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (12 Oct 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001GLM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Una vela! Una vela!Ramón Vargas 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Esultate!Choeurs de l'Opera Bastille 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, ebben che pensi?Michael Schade 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Fuoco di gioia!Choeurs de l'Opera Bastille 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Roderigo, beviam!Michael Schade 1:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Inaffia l'ugola! Trinca, tracanna (Brindisi)Ramón Vargas 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Capitano, v'attende la fazione ai baluardiRamón Vargas 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Abbasso le spade!Ramón Vargas 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Già nella notte densa (Love Duet)Myung Whun Chung 8:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Non ti crucciarRamón Vargas 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Vanne! la tua meta già vedoMyung Whun Chung0:28£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Credo in un Dio crudelMyung Whun Chung 5:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ciò m'accoraMyung Whun Chung 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Dove guardi splendonoChoeurs de l'Opera Bastille 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - D'un uom che geme sotto il tuo disdegnoMyung Whun Chung 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Se inconscia, contro te, sposo, ho peccatoDenyce Graves 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Desdemona rea!Myung Whun Chung0:37£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Tu?! Indietro! fuggi!Myung Whun Chung0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Ora e per sempre addioMyung Whun Chung0:59£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Pace, signorMyung Whun Chung 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Era la notte, Cassio dormiaMyung Whun Chung 2:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Oh! mostruosa colpa!Myung Whun Chung 1:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Verdi: Otello / Act 2 - Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!Myung Whun Chung 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - La vedetta del portoPhilippe Duminy 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - ContinuaMyung Whun Chung 1:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio ti giocondi, o sposoMyung Whun Chung 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Esterrefatta fissoMyung Whun Chung 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Dio! mi potevi scagliarMyung Whun Chung 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Cassio è là!Myung Whun Chung0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Vieni; l'aula è desertaRamón Vargas0:44£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - ...e intanto, giacchè non si stanca maiRamón Vargas 4:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quest'è il segnaleRamón Vargas 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Il Doge ed il Senato salutanoIldebrando D'Arcangelo 2:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Messeri! Il DogeIldebrando D'Arcangelo 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - A terra!...si...nel livido fangoMyung Whun Chung 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Quell' innocente un fremitoIldebrando D'Arcangelo 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Verdi: Otello / Act 3 - Fuggite!Ildebrando D'Arcangelo 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Era più calmo?Denyce Graves 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Mia madre aveva una povera ancellaMyung Whun Chung0:56£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - "Piangea cantando nell'erma landa..."Denyce Graves 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Ave Maria, piena di graziaMyung Whun Chung 4:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Chi e là?Myung Whun Chung 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Diceste questa sera le vostre preci?Myung Whun Chung 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Aprite! Aprite!Ildebrando D'Arcangelo 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Verdi: Otello / Act 4 - Niun mi temaIldebrando D'Arcangelo 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 


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This is Pl´cido Domingo's third recording of Otello and arguably his best. Besides benefiting from years of study and restudy, the older, rougher, darker Domingo voice is better suited to the role than his prettier, younger self. Also, the title character's rage always seemed a bit forced in previous recordings; not so here. His colleagues aren't always at peak level of inspiration but they're consistently excellent. Sergei Leiferkus's metallic, Russian sound is ideal for Iago; besides being sinister, he sounds like an outsider. Conductor Myung-Whun Chung is anything but a routinist, particularly with the Bastille forces that he worked with intensity for years. This is a fine modern recording of a great opera. --David Patrick Stearns

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2CD Domingo/Studer/Chung

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Performance. 20 April 2001
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Domingo has made three recordings of this opera and the latest is clearly the best. Domingo brings years of experience in the title role to this recording and his performance is mesmerising. Domingo's voice is not as trumpet-like as once it was, but his darker, more burnished tone suits his more introspective reading given here - listen to "Dio mi potevi" where Domingo brings out the internal pain of the character with great intensity. Throughout, Domingo provides a heartfelt and superbly "acted" account. The rest of the cast are also far better here than on Domingo's previous recordings. Sergei Leiferkus is one of the few baritones around who can capture all of Iago's nuances in a studio recording- his credo is superb and sparks fly in his scenes with Domingo. Cheryl Studer sings radiantly as Desdemona and gives a rounded portrayal. Chung conducts a searing account of the score. Domingo sings well on his two other recordings of Otello, but his fellow singers are not at their best in those. Try Domingo in the Zeffirelli film of the opera or the video of his performance under Solti at Covent Garden - both are memorable performances. If you want something more vintage try Vickers and Gobbi under Serafin, where the cast and the conductor are all at the height of their powers.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifico 3 Feb 2011
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This most recent recording of Otello is the best I've heard. Placido Domingo and Cheryl Studer are two of my favorite opera singers and the interpretations of their respective roles of Otello and Desdemona are superb. There's a good balance between their voices enhanced by the very sensitive conducting of the Orchestra and Chorus of the Bastille Opera by Myung-Whun Chung.

The supporting roles of Iago, Cassio, Roderigo, and Emelia are also excellent. Sergei Leiferkus who sings the part of Iago has just that right kind of voice for the sinister and calculating character who plans Otello's ultimate downfall. It is Placido Domingo whose mature voice really makes this the best recording for me of Verdi's greatest opera. The last scene where he murders Desdemona is incredibly moving.

There are many recordings of Otello and I have three or four, two with Domingo, but in this last he plays Otello with a depth and passion that transcends all the others. The only recording to compare with it in my view is that of Domingo with Renee Fleming. Iago is played by James Morris. James Levine conducts the Metropolitan Chorus and Orchestra. Renee Flemming as Desdemona is particularly fine in this earlier recording. But Cheryl Studer is equally as good. Both have warm and beautiful voices.

For me the real choice is this new one conducted by Myung-Whun Chung. The sound is excellent and a real joy to listen to. Buy it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 28 Dec 2013
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The sound was good on my Bose headphones, the Chorus and the voices in the storm scene in Act 1 come through nicely, and I'm thinking that we might indeed have something special here -- but it turns out that we don't. Chung's direction lacks dramatic drive, for all the beauty of the sound, and Leiferkus sounds unidiomatic and throaty as Iago -- there's nothing insinuating in the voice, although to be fair, he sings the set pieces better than he does the dramatic interchanges. Domingo's voice is solid, but it lacks ease -- he's working hard to project the sound. I had my recording of him with Levine 17 years earlier (1994 v. 1977), and the difference is palpable in two respects: first, Domingo in 1977 sings with an airiness and freedom that are far removed from the sound of his older self, and second -- just to take the Love Duet as an example -- Levine knows how to make it dramatic. It's got both a tension and a flow that Chung's recording lacks, and though the sound is a tad less refined than Chung's, it has plenty of presence and detail. Add to this that Renata Scotto knows what to do with Desdemona. Cheryl Studer, an artist I admire, sings the notes well enough, but it doesn't come to life. The Iago in the 1977 recording is Sherrill Milnes, and the voice suits the role well. If you prefer a leaner sound that's still idiomatic, there's Gobbi, with Serafin and Vickers, from 1960. Chung has a fine Cassio in the young Ramon Vargas, and the other smaller roles are very well cast -- but the bottom line is that this drama or it is nothing. Stick with the Levine recording, though for a real Othello voice, you should have Vickers too (even if Serafin's conducting is on the tame side).
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3.0 out of 5 stars More music than drama 31 Oct 2013
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I've admired the conducting of Myung-Whun Chung in many broadcasts and recordings, so I was surprised to be disappointed by what happens here. No complaints about the cast - I particularly enjoyed Ramon Vargas as Cassio, and Leiferkus is a slinkily sinister Iago, even if one notices the absence of a truly dark voice within the cast. As always with this conductor everything is sensitively balanced, moulded, phrased - but on this occasion to excess. There is a lack of excitement or, more specifically, drama. The acoustics of the Bastille Opera may be partly responsible for the lack of weight and heft from the brass (I'm not talking about just volume), but the string playing is altogether too safe and sweet and unvaried. The bows are always midway between bridge and fingerboard, the vibrato is consistently even, and only the dynamics change. There's nothing risky, nothing special about the sound, ever. So in 'Ora e per sempre addio', the effect is smooth and pleasant when it should be bleak and broken, abetted by Chung's blandly flowing tempo. In the Act IV Willow Song, the tierce de picardie at the word 'morir', which can impart an unexpected and terrible beauty, goes for nothing, and the hollowness of the closing chords before Otello's entrance is warmed and plumped up as if it is an embarrassment to the conductor.

I suppose this is better than constant underlining of detail at the expense of the musical line... but while I remained patient for the first two acts, Act III with all its emotion and action fell seriously short of expectation. The recording quality is, like the conductor's interpretation, smooth and secure.
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