Viva Verdi! This year we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Verdi. The Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was born 200 years ago, on 10 October 1813.
Verdi is of course recognised as the greatest Italian composer of all time, and also one of the greatest opera composers of all time, if not the greatest of them all (Wagnerians may disagree …).
This year there will be lots of Verdi celebrations on opera stages all over the world. And more than that, the Verdi celebrations will also take place on records!
Decca is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth with a release of a 75-CD box containing Verdi’s entire works (!!!). The title of this must-have CD-box is “Verdi – The Complete Works“. Yes! I must have this box! Indeed! 🙂
The contributing artists are many and all first-class. Pavarotti contributes to this magnificent box with the complete Decca recordings of I Lombardi, Ernani, Luisa Miller, Un Ballo In Maschera (with Solti) and the Requiem. In addition, Pavarotti sings the aria “Io la vidi e a quell’aspetto” from I Lombardi, taken from the album “Pavarotti Premieres“ and Hymn of the Nations (Inno delle nazione), taken from the album “Pavarotti Plus”.
If a 75-CD box is too much for you, how about a 6-CD box with the very best of Verdi? The title of this CD-box is “101 Verdi“ and has its fair share of Pavarotti arias as well.
So let’s start the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth with a box or two! Surely there will appear many more Verdi CD-boxes in this Verdi year!
This post was originally published 24-01-2013. Last revision 24-01-2013.