Verdi: Don Carlos (3-CD) – Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi

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Verdi: Don Carlos (3-CD) – Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi

Composer: Giuseppe Veri
Artists: Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Ruggero Raimondi, Leo Nucci, Nicoli Ghiaurov, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
CD Release Date: November 11, 2013

This famous recording of Don Carlos – the first generally-available one in the original French – has never been out of the catalogue since its first release in the mid-1980s. For its re-release, it has been remastered and remains the fullest version of Don Carlos on disc.

“It is Abbado’s conducting that deserves the most full-hearted praise. He matches both the grandeur of the public scenes and the inner tensions of the private ones through his taut yet always flexible control of the vast enterprise. Nothing in the orchestral tissue escapes him; he is wholly aware of the importance of the many rhythmic figures and instrumental colors that give this work its special sound, somber, disturbed, ultimately sympathetic to the troubled hearts of its principals. He measures up to the grandeur of this grandest of French operas...I found listening to this set an absorbing experience.” (Alan Blyth, Gramophone)



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History

Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo

Verdi’s longest and most ambitious opera is a powerful epic of love and politics set in France and Spain at the height of the Inquisition. The score combines intimate solos and ensembles with grand choral scenes, most notably the monumental auto-da-fé that ends Act III. Following its 1867 premiere in Paris (sung in French as Don Carlos), the composer revised the opera several times over a period of almost 20 years. Nicholas Hytner’s Met production, first seen in 2010, presents Don Carlo in its original five acts, sung in Italian.

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