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VERDI: Otello (Vinay, Nelli, Toscanini) (1947)

Arturo Toscanini was the second cellist in the orchestra of La Scala, Milan, for the triumphant first performance of Verdi's Otello on 5th February 1887. Sixty years later he led a radio broadcast of Otello spread over two evenings that is considered by many to be the most successful of his opera recordings for NBC. Described by one of Toscanini's biographers, Joseph Horowitz, as ‘the one that comes closest to recapturing Toscanini's revolutionary impact in the pit’, this December 1947 recording is remarkable for Toscanini's dramatic grasp of Shakespeare's timeless tragedy, and his scrupulous observation of Verdi's most detailed dynamic markings.



Disc 1

Verdi, Giuseppe
Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

  Otello
1.   Play with flash player Opening announcement for 6 December 1947 broadcast 00:01:49
2.   Play with flash player Act I: Spoken Synopsis 00:02:35
3.   Play with flash player Act I: Una vela! (Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo) 00:04:16
4.   Play with flash player Act I: Esultate! (Otello, Chorus, Iago, Roderigo) 00:04:43
5.   Play with flash player Act I: Fuoco di gioia! (Chorus) 00:02:44
6.   Play with flash player Act I: Roderigo, beviam! (Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo) 00:01:15
7.   Play with flash player Act I: Inaffia l'ugola! (Iago, Cassio, Roderigo, Chorus) 00:03:52
8.   Play with flash player Act I: Capitano, v'attende (Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo, Chorus) 00:01:22
9.   Play with flash player Act I: Ola! Che avvien (Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano) 00:03:27
10.   Play with flash player Act I: Gia nelle notte (Otello, Desdemona) 00:01:41
11.   Play with flash player Act I: Quando narravi (Desdemona, Otello) 00:02:57
12.   Play with flash player Act I: Venga la morte! (Otello, Desdemona) 00:04:30
13.   Play with flash player Act II: Spoken Synopsis 00:03:10
14.   Play with flash player Act II: Non ti cruciar (Iago, Cassio) 00:02:19
15.   Play with flash player Act II: Credo in un Dio crudel, "Iago's Credo" (Iago) 00:04:27
16.   Play with flash player Act II: Eccola (Iago) 00:01:22
17.   Play with flash player Act II: Cio m'accora (Iago, Otello) 00:04:03
18.   Play with flash player Act II: Dove guardi splendono (Chorus, Iago, Desdemona, Otello) 00:04:49
19.   Play with flash player Act II: D'un uom che geme (Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia) 00:04:40
20.   Play with flash player Act II: Desdemona rea! (Otello, Iago) 00:01:40
21.   Play with flash player Act II: Ora e per sempre addio (Otello, Iago) 00:03:32
22.   Play with flash player Act II: Era la notte (Iago, Otello) 00:03:56
23.   Play with flash player Act II: Si, pel ciel (Otello, Iago) 00:06:09


Disc 2

Verdi, Giuseppe
Boito, Arrigo, lyricist(s)

  Otello
1.   Play with flash player Opening announcement for 13 December 1947 broadcast 00:01:26
2.   Play with flash player Act III: Spoken Synopsis 00:01:25
3.   Play with flash player Act III: Introduction 00:01:06
4.   Play with flash player Act III: La vedetta del porto (Herald, Otello, Iago) 00:01:11
5.   Play with flash player Act III: Dio ti giocondi, o sposo (Desdemona, Otello) 00:09:12
6.   Play with flash player Act III: Dio! Mi potevi scagliar (Otello, Iago) 00:03:44
7.   Play with flash player Act III: Vieni, l'aula e deserta (Iago, Cassio, Otello) 00:03:40
8.   Play with flash player Act III: Questa e una ragna (Iago, Cassio, Otello) 00:01:47
9.   Play with flash player Act III: Come la uccidero (Otello, Iago, Chorus) 00:01:18
10.   Play with flash player Act III: Viva il Leon di San Marco! (Lodovico, Otello, Desdemona, Emilia, Iago, Roderigo, Chorus) 00:05:03
11.   Play with flash player Act III: A terra!… si… nel livido fango (Desdemona, Emilia, Cassio, Roderigo, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello) 00:09:42
12.   Play with flash player Act IV: Spoken Synopsis 00:02:59
13.   Play with flash player Act IV: Era più calmo (Emilia, Desdemona) 00:03:24
14.   Play with flash player Act IV: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella, "Willow Song" (Desdemona, Emilia) 00:06:31
15.   Play with flash player Act IV: Ave Maria (Desdemona) 00:06:28
16.   Play with flash player Act IV: Chi e la (Desdemona, Otello) 00:03:11
17.   Play with flash player Act IV: Calma come la tomba (Otello, Emilia, Desdemona, Cassio, Iago, Lodovico, Montano) 00:03:09
18.   Play with flash player Act IV: Nium mi tema (Otello, Cassio, Lodovico, Montano) 00:09:48

Total Playing Time: 02:30:22






Composer(s):
Verdi, Giuseppe

Lyricist(s):
Boito, Arrigo

Conductor(s):
Toscanini, Arturo

Orchestra(s):
NBC Symphony Orchestra

Choir(s):
NBC Chorus

Artist(s):
Assandri, Virginio; Chabay, Leslie; Grauer, Ben; Merriman, Nan; Moscona, Nicola; Nelli, Herva; Newman, Arthur; Valdengo, Giuseppe; Vinay, Ramon

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Opera Recordings

Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111320-21

Barcode: 0747313332021

Distribution Note(s):

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Release Date: 02/2008

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