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Verdi was one of the greatest of all opera composers and many of his rousing choruses are justly famous to those who have never seen an operas. The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, the Grand March from Aida and the Anvil Chorus, all included here, are testimony to Verdi's ability to pen a memorable tune.
"The balance is forward, for chorus and orchestra alike, and the sound is beeflily full-bodied and present, with the orchestral brass fat, sonorous, and telling. The impact is undeniable." -Gramophone
- Nabucco, Act 1: "Gli arredi festivi"
- Nabucco, Act 3: Chorus: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
- I Lombardi, Act 3: Processione: "Gerusalem"
- I Lombardi, Act 4: Coro: "O signore, dal tetto natio"
- Macbeth, Act 3: Coro d'Introduzione - Incantesimo: "Tre volte miagola la gatta in fregola"
- Macbeth, Act 4: Coro di Profughi Scozzesi: "Patria oppressa"
- I Masnadieri, Act 3: Coro: "Le rube, gli stupri"
- Rigoletto, Act 1: "Zitti, zitti"
- Il Trovatore, Act 2: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie' (Anvil Chorus)
- Il Trovatore, Act 3: "Squilli, echeggi la tromba"
- La traviata, Act 2: "Noi siamo zingarelle - Di Madride noi siam mattadori"
- Un ballo in maschera, Act 1: "Posa in pace"
- Don Carlo, Act 3: "Spuntato ecco il di d'esultanza"
- Aida, Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto"
- Messa da Requiem: Sanctus
- Otello, Act 1: "Fuoco di gioia!"
Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti (conductor)
Chicago Symphony Chorus, Maragaret Hillis (director), Terry Edwards (guest chorus master)