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VERDI: Simon Boccanegra


VERDI: Simon Boccanegra

Giuseppe VERDI
Simon Boccanegra


Simon Boccanegra - Carlo Guelfi
Jacopo Fiesco (Andrea) - Julian Konstantinov
Maria Boccanegra (Amelia) - Karita Mattila
Gabriele Adorno - Vincenzo La Scola
Paolo Albiani - Lucio Gallo
Pietro - Andrea Concetti

Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Claudio Abbado

Recorded at: Teatro Comunale, Florence


Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 143 Mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: June 2002

"Karita Mattila ... created an unusually vital character, genuinely in love with Adorno and strikingly heroic in defense of her father, the voice ringing out boldly in the council chamber scene. Carlo Guelfi proved a physically imposing and likable Boccanegra"

The personal price of political success is the theme at the heart of Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, a tale of intrigue, rebellion, betrayal, assassination and passion. Even though Boccanegra never outstripped Verdi's popular operas, many cognoscenti consider it the most beautiful of his operas.

Set against the class-driven battle for the control of 14th-century Genoa, it sympathetically portrays the embattled Doge of the city as the consequences of his past lead - through an estranged daughter, her competing suitors and a life-long enemy - to his own death.

"Claudio Abbado ... has deepened his understanding of this score over the past thirty-one years, and [his] reading is now of such depth, concentration and unostentatious beauty that the stylistic differences between the original music and the 1881 revision quite disappear, and the work's idealistic advocacy of reconciliation and peace proves quite overwhelming."

Verdi, Giuseppe

Boito, Arrigo; Piave, Francesco Maria

Abbado, Claudio

Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Orchestra

Fiorentino Maggio Musicale Chorus

Guelfi, Carlo; Konstantinov, Julian; La Scola, Vincenzo; Mattila, Karita


Genre: Opera

Period: Romantic

Catalogue No: DV-OPSIBO

Barcode: 5450270007936

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Physical Release: 01/2004

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