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28. Verdi: Opera Choruses

However strange those accustomed to Shakespeare played straight may find Verdi's Italian version of Macbeth, the chorus of Scottish exiles is moving and was completely relevant to the political situation in Verdi's Italy. The selection of operatic choruses included on our recommended recording offers considerable variety, from the chorus of Hebrew slaves in Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) to the gypsies of La Traviata and Il Trovatore and the patriotic march and chorus from Aida, written to celebrate the opening of Cairo Opera-house, a year after the opening of the Suez Canal.

Recommended recording
Verdi: Opera Choruses, sung by the Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, with the Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) under Oliver Dohnányi. Naxos 8.550241

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