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Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo

Giuseppe Verdi – Don Carlo

Recorded at the Philarmonie, Berlin from 15th to 20th of September 1978.

About this opera:
Don Carlos is a five-act Grand Opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French language libretto  by Camille du Locle and Joseph Méry, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien (“Don Carlos, Infante  of Spain”) by Friedrich Schiller. The story is based on conflicts in the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias (1545-1568) after his betrothed Elisabeth of Valois was married instead to his father Philip II of Spain as part of the peace treaty ending the Italian War of 1551-1559 between the Houses of Habsburg and Valois. It received its first performance at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra on 11 March 1867. Over the following twenty years, cuts and additions were made to the opera, resulting in a number of versions being available to directors and conductors. No other Verdi opera exists in so many versions. At its full-length (including the ballet and the cuts made before the first performance), it contains about four hours of music, and is Verdi’s longest opera. An Italian translation of this revised French text, re-using much of the original 1866 translation by de Lauzières, was made by Angelo Zanardini. The La Scala, Milan, première of the revision, now re-titled Don Carlo, took place on 10 January 1884. Although Verdi had accepted the need to remove the first act, it seems that he changed his mind and allowed a performance on 29 December 1886 in Modena which presented the “Fontainebleau’’ first act along with the revised 4-act version. This version was published by Ricordi as “a new edition in five acts without ballet”. Performances of Don Carlos/Don Carlo in the first half of the twentieth century were rare, but in the post Second World War period it has been regularly performed, particularly in the four-act 1883 ‘Milanese’ version. Following the notable 1958 staging of the 1886 five-act Italian version at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (director Luchino Visconti), this version has increasingly been performed elsewhere and has been recorded by, among others, Georg Solti and Carlo Maria Giulini. Finally, stagings and recordings of the original five-act French version of the opera have become more frequent, performances having been given at the Teatro alla Scala in 1970 featuring Plácido Domingo with Katia Ricciarelli, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in 1996, with Roberto Alagna as Don Carlos (which has been released on CD and DVD), and at the San Francisco Opera in 2003. A five-act version including the parts not performed in the first Paris première (but omitting the ballet “La Pérégrina”) was staged and conducted by Sarah Caldwell with the Opera Company of Boston in 1973. The complete uncut French version was performed at the Staatsoper in Vienna (2006) and at the Liceu, Barcelona; its conductor was Bertrand de Billy.

The Artists:
Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan: director
José Carreras: Don Carlo
Mirella Freni: Elisabetta de Valois
Agnes Baltsa: La Principessa d’Eboli
Nicolai Ghiaurov: Filippo II
Piero Cappuccilli: Rodrigo
Ruggero Raimondi: Il Grande Inquisitori
José Van Dam: Un Frate
Edita Gruberova: Tebaldo
Horst Nitsche: Il Comte Di Lerma
Carlo Meletti: Un Araldo Reale
Barbara Hendricks: Una Voce Dal Cielo

Track List:
01. Act 1, Scene 1 – Carlo il sommo Imperatore (6:12)
02. Io l’ho perduta! (3:20)
03. Il duolo della terra (1:02)
04. E lui! desso! l’Infante! (3:18)
05. Ascolta! Le porte dell’asil s’apron gia (0:53)
06. Dio, che nell’alma infondere amor (4:46)
07. Act 1, Scene 2 – Sotto ai folti, immensi abeti (2:42)
08. Tra queste mura pie la Regina di Spagna (0:49)
09. Nei giardin del bello saracin ostello (4:49)
10. La Regina!…Un’arcana mestizia (1:55)
11. Che mai si fa nel suol francese (2:24)
12. Carlo, ch’e sol il nostro amore (5:04)
13. Io vengo a domandar (11:22)
14. Il Re!…Perche sola e la Regina (1:18)
15. No pianger, mia compagna (4:55)
16. Restate! Presso alla mio personna (2:14)
17. O Signor, di Fiandra arrivo (3:16)
18. Quest’e la pace che voi date al mondo (3:13)
19. Oso lo sguardo tuo penetrar il mio soglio (3:41)
1. Act 2, Scene 1 – A mezzanotte, ai giardin della Regina (10:15)
2. Ed io, che tremava al suo aspetto! (4:52)
3. Act 2, Scene 2 – Spuntato ecco il di d’esultanza (4:02)
4. Cortege (3:21)
5. Or la porta s’apra del tempio! (2:18)
6. Nel posar sul mio capo la corona (6:21)
7. Sire! egli e tempo ch’io viva! (2:08)
8. Ciel! Tu! Rodrigo! (2:46)
01. Act 3, Scene 1 – Ella giammai m’amo! (10:00)
02. Il Grand’Inquisitor! (9:10)
03. Giustizia, giustizia, SIre! (3:12)
04. Ardita troppo voi favellate! (1:59)
05. Ah! sii maledetto, sospetto fatale (4:26)
06. Pieta! Pieta! Perdon! (3:56)
07. O don fatale, o don crudel (5:30)
08. Act 3, Scene 2 – Son io, mio Carlo (3:25)
09. Per me giunto e il di supremo (5:51)
10. Il morro ma lieto in core (2:44)
11. Mio Carlo, a te la spada io rendo (3:24)
12. Act 4 – Tu che le vanita (12:05)
13. E dessa!…Un detto, un sol (6:32)
14. Ma lassu ci vedremo (5:51)

Stereo, ADD, mp3 (320 kbps), 420.81 Mb, 118:41 minutes. Info, synopsis & covers included.


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