CD Verdi: Preludes, Ballet Music, Opera Choruses, Muti/La Scala/New Philharmonia/Philharmonia

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Discs 2
Record Label EMI Classics
Release Date 2013

With his questing spirit, Verdi took an often innovative approach to the choral and orchestral components of his operas. In Nabucco, his first great success, the chorus of the Hebrew slaves became a protagonist - and it's "Va, pensiero" became Italy's honorary national anthem - while his overtures range from atmospheric introductions, for instance the haunting prelude to La traviata, to full-blown orchestral showpieces, such as the splendid sinfonia that opens La forza del destino.

Contents:

Disc 1: Opera Choruses, including selections from:

  • Nabucco
  • I lombardi
  • Ernani
  • Attila
  • Macbeth
  • Rigoletto
  • Il trovatore
  • La forza del destino
  • Messa da requiem
  • Aida

Disc 2: Preludes and Ballet Music

  • Nabucco
  • Macbeth
  • La battaglia di Legnano
  • Luisa Miller
  • La traviata
  • I vespri siciliani
  • La forza del destino

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Orchestra
Riccardo Muti (conductor)