Verdi - Simon Boccanegra | Delos DE3457

Verdi - Simon Boccanegra

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Label: Delos

Cat No: DE3457

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th May 2015

Contents

Artists

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Barbara Frittoli
Ildar Abdrazakov
Stefano Secco
Marco Caria
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Constantine Orbelian

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Simon Boccanegra

Artists

Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Barbara Frittoli
Ildar Abdrazakov
Stefano Secco
Marco Caria
Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Constantine Orbelian

About

Our first-ever full-length Italian opera recording, Delos’s star-studded current release of Giuseppi Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra promises to make quite a splash among today’s opera fans.

As Verdi was entering his glorious 'late period' (Otello and Falstaff) he wrote and re-worked much of Simon Boccanegra, a work that he had first tackled in 1857. The opera emerged in 1881 as a powerful masterpiece, although one that has been unfairly neglected, in comparison with Verdi’s other works on that level.

So it’s high time for an authoritative new release of an opera that gives glamorous title star Dmitri Hvorostovsky – considered by many to be the world’s greatest Verdi baritone – the chance to record what he calls “…one of the most complex, deepest characters in the whole baritone repertoire”.

Hvorostovsky goes on to say, in a special introduction he wrote for this album, that among his favourite scenes in the opera is the Council Chamber scene: “Simon’s address to the people, ‘Plebe! Patrizi! Popolo!’ is the creed of a great statesman. As he cries for peace and love, the whole crowd is swept along by the same surge of passion!”

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