Composer(s):
Conductor(s):
Genre(s):
Opera
Period(s):
Romantic
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
C698072I
Barcode:
4011790698229
Release Date:
03/2017
Available Format(s):
CD

Giuseppe Verdi: Otello

Plácido Domingo

Orfeo’s newly released complete recording of Otello documents a brilliant first night from 1987. Plácido Domingo is heard here at the very height of his powers in one of his most famous roles: supple, impulsive, volatile and moving in his expression. Even without a visual element to his performance, Domingo is able to convey a credible picture of the mental and physical collapse of an outsider who is taken apart in the most devilish way so soon after his greatest triumph. Anna Tomowa-Sintow is the victim of his jealousy, a woman who loves him unconditionally, her interpretation of the part of Desdemona more dramatic than was her wont, for all that her great scene in Act Four lacks nothing in inwardness. The third main character is Renato Bruson as a sharply delineated Iago without the exaggerations and superficial effects of which so many of his baritone colleagues are guilty. Plácido Domingo as Otello
Plácido Domingo as Otello
Foto: Wiener Staatsoper/Axel Zeininger
The comprimario roles are all cast from strength as is only fitting for an internationally acclaimed house like the Vienna State Opera. They include Margarita Lilowa as Emilia, Kaludi Kaludow – later to be in demand as the protagonist in many an Italian opera – as Cassio and Kurt Rydl, who was something of an institution as a Viennese bass, as Lodovico. Zubin Mehta, finally, confirms his reputation as an outstanding Verdi conductor, bringing verve and tension to the performance, firing chorus and orchestra from the very first bar of the opening storm scene and maintaining that sense of excitement to the very end.

 


Otello
1.     Act I: Una vela! (Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo)
04:06
2.     Act I: Esultate! (Otello, Chorus, Iago, Roderigo)
04:42
3.     Act I: Fuoco di gioia! (Chorus)
02:32
4.     Act I: Roderigo, beviam! (Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo)
01:16
5.     Act I: Inaffia l'ugola! (Iago, Cassio, Roderigo, Chorus)
03:54
6.     Act I: Capitano, v'attende (Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo, Chorus)
01:11
7.     Act I: Abbasso le spade! (Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano)
03:56
8.     Act I: Gia nella notte (Otello, Desdemona)
10:17
9.     Act II: Non ti cruciar (Iago, Cassio)
02:38
10.     Act II: Credo in un Dio crudel, "Iago's Credo" (Iago)
04:46
11.     Act II: Eccola (Iago)
01:18
12.     Act II: Cio m'accora (Iago, Otello)
04:18
13.     Act II: Dove guardi splendono (Chorus, Iago, Desdemona, Otello)
04:46
14.     Act II: D'un uom che geme (Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia)
05:00
15.     Act II: Desdemona rea! (Otello, Iago)
05:16
16.     Act II: Era la notte (Iago, Otello)
04:39
17.     Act II: Si, pel ciel (Otello, Iago)
02:50

Disc 2

1.     Act III: La vedetta del porto (Herald, Otello, Iago)
02:37
2.     Act III: Dio ti giocondi, o sposo (Desdemona, Otello)
10:04
3.     Act III: Dio! Mi potevi scagliar (Otello, Iago)
04:37
4.     Act III: Vieni, l'aula e deserta (Iago, Cassio, Otello)
04:46
5.     Act III: Bada! (Iago, Cassio, Otello, Voices, Lodovico)
02:33
6.     Act III: Il doge ed il senato salutano
04:51
7.     Act III: A terra! … si … nel livido fango (Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio, Roderigo, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello)
06:16
8.     Act III: Fuggite! (Otello)
03:03
9.     Act IV: Era più calmo? (Emilia, Desdemona)
03:30
10.     Act IV: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella, "Willow Song" (Desdemona, Emilia)
06:53
11.     Act IV: Ave Maria (Desdemona)
06:14
12.     Act IV: Chi e la? (Desdemona, Otello)
06:26
13.     Act IV: Aprite! Aprite! (Emilia, Otello, Desdemona)
03:27
14.     Act IV: Niun mi tema (Otello, Cassio, Lodovico, Montano)
07:08

Total Playing Time: 02:19:50