Viva Verdi! The celebration of Giuseppe Verdi continues! This year is the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. The Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was born 200 years ago, on 10 October 1813.
This year has seen lots of Verdi celebrations on opera stages all over the world, and they will of course continue throughout the year. And more than that, the Verdi celebrations takes place on records as well, and they keep on coming!
Decca has just released a wonderful Pavarotti compilation entitled “Pavarotti sings Verdi“. This compilation is a rich sample of all the Verdi works Pavarotti did for Decca. Mostly opera of course, but also the Requiem and Hymn of the Nations are included.
The opera excerpts are rich as they not only include the well-known arias but also duets and ensembles. Excerpts from the following operas are included: Aida, Un Ballo in Maschera, Ernani, La Forza del Destino, I Lombardi, Luisa Miller, Macbeth, Otello, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore.
Pavarotti, in glorious voice as always, is supported by singers such as Joan Sutherland, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Montserrat Caballé, and conductors like Richard Bonynge, James Levine, and Georg Solti.
This release also includes an article on Pavarotti and Verdi, several images, and the sung texts translated into English. The format of this release is like a little CD sized book which makes it stand out. Nice touch!
The compilation, which is available on Decca CD (3 CDs), download and streaming, is the ultimate way for Pavarotti fans to celebrate the Verdi year. Viva Verdi!
And to celebrate this, here is a Pavarotti as Otello in a very funny Italian TV commercial from 2000. Viva Pavarotti!
This post was originally published 06-07-2013. Last revision 06-07-2013.