Composer(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C681062I
Barcode:
4011790681221
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Verdi: La Forza del Destino

La forza del destino

Verdi’s wn operas, by contrast, generally need little help in promoting them, although it is still a good thing if from time to time they are lifted out of the rut of operatic routine, as happened to La forza del destino in 1960. Only a few weeks before his sudden death, Dimitri Mitropoulos added perceptibly to the temperature inside the Vienna State Opera and ratcheted up the tension with the State Opera Chorus and Orchestra until it reached bursting point. The Leonora in this performance is Antonietta Stella, a genuine Verdi soprano who was unjustly underrated in comparison to her more prominent rivals from Italy, Greece and Turkey. Opposite her are the tenor Giuseppe di Stefano and the baritone Ettore Bastianini, both of whom offer performances as remarkable for their dramatic attack as for the subtlety of their singing. The lower voice types are represented by Giulietta Simionato, Walter Kreppel and Karl Dönch, providing a fascinating contrast between a legendary Italian visiting star and exponents of the old Viennese ensemble spirit at an exciting, transitional period in operatic history that is recalled in an essay on Dimitri Mitropoulos that has been contributed to the CD booklet by Michael Gielen, who was a répétiteur and conductor at the Vienna State Opera at the time in question.


La forza del destino
1.     Act I: Buona notte, mia figlia (Marchese, Leonora)
02:20
2.     Act I: Temea restasse qui fino a domani! (Curra, Leonora)
00:51
3.     Act I: Io non amarlo? - Me pellegrina ed orfana (Leonora)
04:22
4.     Act I: M'aiuti, Signorina, più presto andrem (Curra, Leonora)
00:24
5.     Act I: Ah, per sempre, o mio bell'angiol (Alvaro, Leonora)
06:57
6.     Act I: Vil seduttor! Infame figlia! (Marchese, Leonora, Alvaro)
02:34
7.     Act I: Sinfonia
07:17
8.     Act II: Hola, hola, hola! Ben giungi, o mulattier (Chorus, Alcalde, Carlo, Leonora, Trabuco, Preziosilla)
03:20
9.     Act II: Al suon del tamburo (Preziosilla, Carlo, Alcalde, Chorus)
03:25
10.     Act II: Padre Eterno Signor (Chorus, Carlo, Alcalde, Leonora, Preziosilla, Trabuco)
03:25
11.     Act II: Viva la buona compagnia! (Carlo, Chorus, Preziosilla, Alcalde, Trabuco)
02:26
12.     Act II: Son Pereda, son ricco d'onore (Carlo, Chorus)
02:38
13.     Act II: Sta bene (Alcalde, Preziosilla, Carlo, Chorus)
02:03
14.     Act II: Sono giunta! Grazie, O Dio! (Leonora, Chorus)
06:21
15.     Act II: Chi siete (Melitone, Leonora, Guardiano)
02:46
16.     Act II: Or siam soli (Leonora, Guardiano)
11:56
17.     Act II: Il santo nome di Dio Signore - La Vergine degli angeli (Guardiano, Melitone, Chorus, Leonora)
11:25

Disc 2

1.     Act II: Introduction
03:20
2.     Act III: La vita e inferno all'infelice - Oh, tu che in seno ogli angeli (Alvaro)
06:34
3.     Act III: Al tradimento! (Carlo, Chorus, Alvaro)
02:07
4.     Act III: All'armi! (Chorus, Alvaro, Carlo, Surgeon)
02:16
5.     Act III: Piano … qui posi - Solenne in quest'ora (Carlo, Surgeon, Alvaro)
05:32
6.     Act III: Morir! Tremenda cosa! - Urna fatale del mio destino (Carlo)
05:07
7.     Act III: E s'altra prova rivenir potessi (Carlo, Surgeon)
02:52
8.     Act III: Lorche pifferi e tamburi - Venite all'indovona (Chorus, Preziosilla)
02:37
9.     Act III: Nella guerra e la follia (Chorus)
02:10
10.     Act III: Toh! Toh! Poffare il mondo! - Ratapian (Melitone, Chorus, Preziosilla)
07:27
11.     Act IV: Fate, la carita - Che? Siete all'osteria? (Chorus, Melitone, Guardiano)
07:10
12.     Act IV: Auf! … Pazienza non v'ha che basti! - Del mondo i disinganni (Melitone, Guardiano)
04:27
13.     Act IV: Giunge qualcuno, aprite - Invno Alvano (Guardiano, Carlo, Melitone)
02:07
14.     Act IV: Fratello … Riconoscimi! (Alvaro, Carlo)
08:29
15.     Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio! (Leonora)
05:36
16.     Act IV: Io muoio! Confessione! (Carlo, Alvaro, Leonora)
02:58
17.     Act IV: Non imprecare; umiliati (Guardiano, Leonora, Alvaro)
05:40

Total Playing Time: 02:30:59