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Verdi: Don Carlo (Home of Opera) Box set

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  • Audio CD (19 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B002N4DZ4O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Su Cacciator! pronti o la belva (Coro)
  2. Fontainebleau! foresta immensa e solitaria!
  3. Io la vidi e al suo sorriso (Carlo)
  4. Il suon del corno alfin nel bosco tace (Carlo/Tebaldo/Elisabetta)
  5. Al mio pie', perchè?
  6. Di qual amor, di quanto ardor (Elisabetta/Carlo)
  7. Al fedel ch'ora viene, o signora (Tebaldo/Elisabetta/Carlo)
  8. L'ora fatale è suonata (Elisabetta/Carlo)
  9. Inni di festa lieti echeggiate (Coro/Elisabetta/Carlo)
  10. Il glorioso Re di Francia (Conte di Lerma/Coro/Elisabetta)
  11. Vi benedica, Iddio dal ciel! (Coro/Elisabetta/Carlo)
  12. Preludio (Orchestra)
  13. Carlo, il sommo Imperatore (Coro/Un Frate)
  14. Al chiostro di San Giusto (Carlo/Un Frate)
  15. E lui! desso! I'Infante!
  16. Questo arcano dal Re non fu sorpreso ancora? (Rodrigo/Carlo)
  17. Dio, che nell'alma infondere amor (Carlo/Rodrigo/Coro/Un Frate)
  18. Sotto ai folti, immensi abeti (Coro di Dame/Tebaldo)
  19. Tra queste mura pie la Regina (Eboli/Dame)
  20. Nei giardin del bello (Eboli/Tebaldo/Dame)
  21. La Regina!...Un'arcana mestizia...(Dame/Eboli/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Rodrigo)
  22. Che mai si fa nel suol francese
  23. Carlo, ch'è sol il nostro amore (Eboli/Rodrigo/Elisabetta)
  24. Io vengo a domandar
  25. Perduto ben, mio sol tesor
  26. Oh! Carlo! oh! Carlo! (Carlo/Elisabetta)

Disc: 2

  1. Il Re!...Perchè sola è la Regina? (Tebaldo/Filippo/Coro)
  2. Non pianger, mia compagna (Elisabetta/Rodrigo/Coro/Filippo)
  3. Restate!...Al mio regal cospetto
  4. O Signor, di Fiandra arrivo
  5. Quest'è la pace che voi date al mondo?
  6. Osò lo sguardo tuo penetrar il mio soglio (Filippo/Rodrigo)
  7. VII: Preludio (Orchestra)
  8. A mezzanotte, ai giardin della Regina
  9. Ciel! Non è la Regina! (Carlo/Eboli)
  10. Che disse mai? (Rodrigo/Eboli)
  11. Al mio furor sfuggite invano
  12. Ed io, che tremava al suo aspetto!
  13. Tema per te, falso figliuolo (Eboli/Rodrigo/Carlo)
  14. Carlo! se mai su te fogli importanti serbi (Rodrigo/Carlo)
  15. Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Coro)
  16. Il corteggio reale (Orchestra/Coro)
  17. Schiusa or sia la porta del tempio! (L'Araldo/Coro)
  18. Nel posar sul mio capo la corona (Filippo/Coro/Elisabetta/Carlo/Rodrigo/Deputati)
  19. A Dio voi foste infidi, infidi al vostro Re (Filippo/Coro/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Carlo/Rodrigo/Deputati)
  20. Sire! egli è tempo ch'io viva! (Carlo/Filippo/Elisabetta/Tebaldo/Rodrigo/Coro)
  21. O ciel! Tu! Rodrigo! (Carlo/Coro/Elisabetta/Filippo/Voce dal Cielo/Deputati)

Disc: 3

  1. Introduzione (Orchestra)
  2. Ella giammai m'amò!
  3. Dormirò sol nel manto mio regal (Filippo)
  4. Il Grand' Inquisitor! (Conte di Lerma/L'Inquisitore/Filippo)
  5. Nell' ispano suol mai l'eresia dominò
  6. Mio padre, che tra noi la pace alberghi ancor (L'Inquisitore/Filippo)
  7. Giustizia, giustizia, Sire! (Elisabetta/Filippo)
  8. Ardita troppo voi favellate!
  9. Ah! si maledetto, sospetto fatale (Filippo/Elisabetta/Eboli/Rodrigo)
  10. Pietà! Pietà! perdon! (Eboli/Elisabetta)
  11. Ah! più non vedrò la Regina! O don fatale, o don crudel
  12. O mia Regina, io t'immolai (Eboli)
  13. Son io, mio Carlo (Rodrigo/Carlo)
  14. Per me giunto è il dì supremo (Rodrigo)
  15. Che parli tu di morte? (Carlo/Rodrigo)
  16. O Carlo, ascolta, la madre....
  17. Io morrò, ma lieto in core (Rodrigo)
  18. Mio Carlo, a te la spade io rendo (Filippo/Carlo/Conte di Lerma/Eboli/L'Inquisitore)
  19. Introduzione (Orchestra)
  20. Tu che le vanità
  21. Carlo qui verrà! Sì!
  22. Addio! Addio, bei sogni d'ôr
  23. Tu che le vanità (Elisabetta)
  24. E dessa!...Un detto, un sol
  25. Vago sogno m'arrise!
  26. Ma lassù ci vedremo (Carlo/Elisabetta)
  27. Sì, per sempre! (Filippo/L'Inquisitore/Elisabetta/Carlo/Un Frate/Familiari)

Disc: 4

  1. Libretto
  2. Synopsis

Product Description

Product Description

Verdi’s most ambitiously conceived opera demands six magnificent singers. It finds them in this recording, led by Plácido Domingo in the title role, while Carlo Maria Giulini draws out the work’s profound emotion, humanity and high drama.

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I had problems choosing which recording of this opera I should buy. The Abbado studio (French), the Abbado live, the Karajan studio, the Karajan live, the Solti.
There are good arguments for all of them - Carreras and Baltsa in the Karajan studio, Siepi in the Karajan live, Valentini and the two basses (in best shape and roles) in the Abbado studio, Nesterenko and Price in the Abbado live, Solti in the Solti. (The Solti goes away because of the singers, especially Fischer-Dieskau being plain wrong.)

But fate made me end up with the Giulini. Here I have a Domingo in one of his best roles, a Milnes that is ideal (next to Bastianini) as Posa, a Caballe that has one of the most beautiful voices ever, a Verrett that is full of blood. (Actually it's completely amazing to hear Domingo and Milnes together, even their perfectly balanced vibrati are syncronized!)
And some great orchestra playing from the Covent Garden orchestra. And I get Giulini. OK, his tempi are really slow, but the drama he creates! Not a dull moment during five acts.
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To suggest that this forty-year-old recording has flaws and is not perhaps the best available is to give hostages to fortune and invite abuse, but true to my convictions, I'll do it anyway and damn the consequences.

Some people like their opera to be first and foremost a matter of the "bella voce" and dramatic tension as an optional bolt-on extra. I usually belong primarily to the first camp as for me quality of voice is paramount but especially in the case of this opera I need a concomitant sense of theatre to be communicated.

There is no doubt that we hear two absolutely stunning voices in their prime in the lead roles but it is equally clear to me that Giulini's staid tempi and concern for the long line to a degree eviscerates the personal and public drama inherent in this masterpiece. I don't think Domingo has ever sung more mellifluously but I don't feel Don Carlo's hysterical pain in the way that Björling, Carreras or Corelli convince me of our weedy hero's torment. Similarly, Caballé is placid and matronly as she spins those fabulous pianissimi tones. The first singer to bring his character to life is Sherrill Milnes in his prime; Raimondi is a skilful bass who somehow frequently convinced us that his light basso cantante was the real thing in Verdi - but it never really was; you have only to listen to Pinza, Christoff or Ghiaurov to confirm this. I enjoy Shirley Verrett's big, forthright Eboli but she is hampered by Giulini's stodgy pacing in her bolero; she is stupendously desperate in the "O don fatale" with a great Top B and good legato - one of the few singers able to encompass the demands of both arias.
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These old war horses have plenty of stamina. A golden age of singing with a cast of great voices. Still good sound for its age and fantastic value.
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By Liam on 6 April 2013
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Beautiful recording that really captures the story. So good, I cannot stop listening. The soloists are magnificent, I highly recommend this, what an absolute bargain
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