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Life and Works: VERDI (Siepmann)

Life and Works
Verdi

Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
Freddie Jones as Verdi
Other roles taken by Elaine Claxton, David Timson, Steve Hodson, Charles Simpson
4 CDs
124-page booklet
Naxos 8.558111-14
ISBN: 1-84379-077-7

With the possible exception of Mozart, Verdi is the most popular opera composer who ever lived. Quite early in his career his tunes were being cranked out by barrel organs throughout Europe and were well known to many who may never even have heard his name. But the complex man behind them remains elusive and puzzling. In this portrait-in-sound, Jeremy Siepmann and a group of distinguished actors take an in-depth look behind the popular image of a man who was, and perhaps remains, the most enduring national hero in Italian history and a colossus in the history of music itself.

Here, Verdi comes alive through an utterly committed portrayal by Freddie Jones. The composer's larger-than-life personality, with all its self-indulgent outbursts and irresistible expressions of artistic genius, is here conveyed in a unique and touching way. We can follow his path, as exemplary passages of music are smoothly intermingled with spoken text. Jeremy Siepmann's narration is enthralling and detailed, and the character behind this most fervently Italian music is fascinating to discover.


Disc 1

  Guiseppe Verdi: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Aida:Grand March and Triumphal Chorus 00:07:28
2.   Play with flash player La Traviata : Brindisi ' Libiam ne' lieti calici" 00:02:54
3.   Play with flash player Early manhood, civil strife, and the start of a career 00:05:07
4.   Play with flash player Overture to 'Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio' 00:03:17
5.   Play with flash player Tragedy, creation, and the birth of a true professional 00:02:19
6.   Play with flash player Overture to 'Un giorno di regno' 00:01:55
7.   Play with flash player Failure, despair, and rescue : the genesis o Nabucco 00:04:38
8.   Play with flash player Nabucco: Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves 'Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate' 00:04:38
9.   Play with flash player A sensation reported and recalled 00:01:12
10.   Play with flash player Overture to 'Nabucco' 00:02:38
11.   Play with flash player Into the galleys: fame. frustration, and A Major surprise 00:07:38
12.   Play with flash player Macbeth : Chorus of the Scottish Exiles 'Patria oppressa!" 00:03:53
13.   Play with flash player The revolution of Macbeth and a return to safer ground 00:04:32
14.   Play with flash player Overture to 'I masnadieri' 00:04:30
15.   Play with flash player Paris and a love affair 00:03:30
16.   Play with flash player The revolutions of 1848 00:08:38
17.   Play with flash player Overture to 'La battaglia di Legnano' 00:03:58


Disc 2

  Guiseppe Verdi: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Composition and censorship: the strife - torn birth of Rigoletto 00:05:01
2.   Play with flash player Rigoletto : 'La donna e mobile' 00:02:16
3.   Play with flash player Verdi the unsurpassed psychologist 00:00:52
4.   Play with flash player Rigoletto: 'Bella figlia dell'amore' 00:04:12
5.   Play with flash player Strepponi, Busseto, and the rift with Barezzi 00:06:22
6.   Play with flash player Escape : Verdi and Strepponi at Sant' Agata 00:03:50
7.   Play with flash player Il Trovatore : Soldiers' Chorus 'Or co'dadi, ma fra poco' 00:04:04
8.   Play with flash player 'The Bear of Busseto' emerges : the darker side of Verdi 00:05:18
9.   Play with flash player Il Trovatore : 'Di tale amor che dirsi' 00:02:25
10.   Play with flash player Verdi's divorce' from his parents;his mother's death, and a theatrical fiasco 00:08:56
11.   Play with flash player La Traviata: 'Dite alla giovine' 00:04:04
12.   Play with flash player Verdi and Women: Strepponi and the 'Dark Lady' 00:03:57
13.   Play with flash player 'La Travailata': Verdi's trials at the Paris Opera 00:03:01
14.   Play with flash player I vespri siciliani : ' Quando al mio sen per te parlava' 00:10:49
15.   Play with flash player Verdi in rehearsal - and a review from Berlioz 00:05:05
16.   Play with flash player Overture to 'I vespri siciliani' 00:06:02


Disc 3

  Guiseppe Verdi: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Yet more trouble with the censors 00:02:01
2.   Play with flash player Un ballo in maschera: 'Ma se m'e forza perderti' 00:05:01
3.   Play with flash player A passionate patriot, a reluctant politician 00:05:45
4.   Play with flash player A semi - official retirement, nursed by disenchantment 00:02:59
5.   Play with flash player Verdi welcomes war 00:02:20
6.   Play with flash player He travels to Paris for Don Carols 00:00:42
7.   Play with flash player Don Carols: 'Tu che la vanita' 00:11:43
8.   Play with flash player Stupendous triumph 00:00:49
9.   Play with flash player Verdi shaken by deaths of his father, Barezzi, and Rossini 00:04:23
10.   Play with flash player He meets Manzoni 00:02:23
11.   Play with flash player An unusual opera 00:01:31
12.   Play with flash player La forza del destino:'Solenne in quest'ora' 00:03:28
13.   Play with flash player Enter Teresa Stolz, exit Mariani 00:06:48
14.   Play with flash player La forza del destino: 'Pace, pace' 00:05:25
15.   Play with flash player Strepponi struggles with jealousy as Verdi writes Aida 00:05:33
16.   Play with flash player Aida: Act III, Nile Scene 00:11:27


Disc 4

  Guiseppe Verdi: Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Verdi bemoans the corruption of the operatic world 00:03:55
2.   Play with flash player Manzoni's death begets a masterpiece 00:01:13
3.   Play with flash player Requiem: 'Rex tremendae' 00:03:49
4.   Play with flash player The return to Shakespeare 00:02:08
5.   Play with flash player Otello: 'Canzone del salce - Ave Maria' 00:06:58
6.   Play with flash player Verdi the Wagner of Italy 00:02:34
7.   Play with flash player Otello: 'Desdemona rea, si, per ciel' 00:05:11
8.   Play with flash player A Shakespearian swansong 00:06:55
9.   Play with flash player Falstaff : Finale 'Ogni sorta di gente; Facciamo il parentado' 00:07:11
10.   Play with flash player Old age and the death of Strepponi 00:04:06
11.   Play with flash player Verdi the widower 00:03:05
12.   Play with flash player Stolz and the aged Verdi; a visit from Toscanini 00:03:12
13.   Play with flash player Te Deum 00:02:15
14.   Play with flash player The old man dies and the world pays homage 00:07:57
15.   Play with flash player Requiem, Part VII: Dies irae; Requiem aeternam; Libera me 00:11:24

Total Playing Time: 04:53:10






Author(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Artist(s):
Jones, Freddie

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Catalogue No: 8.558111-14

Barcode: 0636943811122

Release Date: 02/2003

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