Composer(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C210062
Barcode:
4011790210629
Release Date:
04/2021
Available Format(s):
CD

Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Composed for the 1857–58 Carnival Season at the Teatro San Carlo
in Naples, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera tells of the assassination
of  Sweden’s  King  Gustav  III.  It  was  rejected  by  the  Neapolitan
censors, and so were its revisions. The opera’s first performance
eventually took place on 17 February 1859 at the Teatro Apollo
in  Rome,  but  only  after  revisions  demanded  by  the  pontifical
censors  had  been  made.  The  setting  was  transferred  from
Sweden to colonial North America; and Riccardo, the governor
of Boston, was to be the murder victim. Despite these changes,
Un ballo in maschera was very well received by the audience,
and it remains one of Verdi’s most popular stage works.
Like most modern performances, this recording is based on the
Swedish version of the opera. Its first performance at the Vienna
Opera House on the Ring was given in 1870 (exactly one year
after  the  building’s  opening)  and  has  since  enjoyed  well  over
500 performances in this house. The star-studded cast includes
Pjotr Beczala (Gustav III), Dmitry Hvorostovky (Renato), Krassimira
Stoyanova  (Emilia),  Nadja  Krasteva,  Hila  Fahima,  Alexandru
Moisiuc, Sorin Coliban, Igor Onishchenko and Thomas Ebenstein.
The conductor is Jesús López Cobos. Live recording April 2016.


Un ballo in maschera
1.     Prelude
03:57
2.     Act I Scene 1: Posa in pace (Horn, Warting, Oscar, Chorus)
01:49
3.     Act I Scene 1: Amici miei, soldati (Gustaf, Oscar, Horn, Warting, Chorus)
03:22
4.     Act I Scene 1: Il cenno mio di là con essi attendi (Gustaf, Oscar, Renato)
02:29
5.     Act I Scene 1: Alla vita che t'arride (Renato)
03:05
6.     Act I Scene 1: Il primo giudice (Oscar, Gustaf, Giudice, Horn, Warting, Chorus)
06:43
7.     Act I Scene 2: Zitti … l'incanto - Re dell'abisso (Chorus, Ulrica)
03:38
8.     Act I Scene 2: Arrivo il primo! (Gustaf, Chorus, Ulrica)
02:38
9.     Act I Scene 2: Su fatemi largo (Gustaf, Servo di Amelia, Cristiano, Ulrica, Chorus)
03:20
10.     Act I Scene 2: Che v'agita così? (Ulrica, Amelia, Gustaf)
05:05
11.     Act I Scene 2: Su profetessa - Di tu se fedele (Horn, Warting, Oscar, Gustaf, Chorus)
04:20
12.     Act I Scene 2: Chi voi siate (Ulrica, Horn, Warting, Gustaf, Oscar, Chorus)
06:13
13.     Act I Scene 2: Finisci il vaticinio (Gustaf, Ulrica, Horn, Warting, Renato, Cristiano, Oscar, Chorus)
04:40
14.     Act II: Prelude
02:24
15.     Act II Scene 1: Ecco l'orrido campo (Amelia)
06:55

Disc 2

1.     Act II Scene 1: Teco io sto (Gustaf, Amelia)
10:11
2.     Act II Scene 1: Ahimè! S'appressa alcun (Amelia, Renato, Gustaf)
05:13
3.     Act II Scene 1: Seguitemi - Mio Dio (Renato, Amelia, Horn, Warting, Chorus)
08:01
4.     Act III Scene 1: A tal colpa è nulla il pianto (Renato, Amelia)
02:34
5.     Act III Scene 1: Morrò, ma prima in grazia (Amelia, Renato)
05:02
6.     Act III Scene 1: Alzati! là tuo figlio (Renato)
06:34
7.     Act III Scene 1: Siam soli udite (Renato, Warting, Horn, Amelia)
08:42
8.     Act III Scene 1: Il messaggio entri (Renato, Oscar, Amelia, Horn, Warting)
03:59
9.     Act III Scene 1: Forse la soglia attinse … Ma se m'è forza perderti (Gustaf)
05:54
10.     Act III Scene 2: Ah! dessa è là … (Gustaf, Oscar, Horn, Renato, Warting, Chorus)
07:19
11.     Act III Scene 3: Ah! Perché qui! Fuggite … (Amelia, Gustaf, Renato, Oscar, Chorus)
05:19
12.     Act III Scene 3: Ella è pura (Gustaf, Amelia, Oscar, Renato, Horn, Warting, Chorus)
05:28

Total Playing Time: 02:14:54