Verdi - Otello | Pentatone PTC5186562

Verdi - Otello

£21.79

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Label: Pentatone

Cat No: PTC5186562

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 17th November 2017

Contents

Artists

Nikolai Schukoff
Melody Moore
Lester Lynch
Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Otello

Artists

Nikolai Schukoff
Melody Moore
Lester Lynch
Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus

Conductor

Lawrence Foster

About

The opera Otello by Giuseppe Verdi and Arrigo Boito not only represents the outstanding result of an intensely fruitful creative collaboration between composer and librettist, but also one of the most important core works ever in the opera repertoire. An outstandingly crafted literary foundation and a dramatic story, in which three extremely different people - with characters ranging from profoundly evil, madly jealous and distrustful, to enamoured of death - take an emotional roller-coaster ride. A ride ending in death for all three. This drama is supported by music that, despite its magic of its refined tones, never brushes aside the greatest priority of the Italian opera: the human voice. In Otello, Verdi succeeded in creating his own path leading to "music-drama as a 'Gesamtkunstwerk,' as a perfect synthesis between action and music."

Leading the prestigious Gulbenkian Orchestra in this ambitious studio recording is the knowledgeable and experienced conductor Lawrence Foster, who has previously made impressive recordings of other operas for Pentatone: a highly praised recording of Strauss's Zigeunerbaron (The Gipsy Baron) and Getty's Usher House. The singers of the three main roles - Otello, lago, and Desdemona - already met for the complete recording of Getty's The Little Match Girl for Pentatone, dating from 2014.

Melody Moore, Nikolai Schukoff, and Lester Lynch are now recording these roles for the first time. First and foremost, Melody Moore, who is one of the most promising American singers of her generation. In her first recording of an Italian opera for Pentatone, she demonstrates that her truly youthful dramatic soprano voice is able to flawlessly continue the pure Italian tradition of a Renata Tebaldi. The Austrian tenor Nikolai Schukoff once again widens his professional range, singing the demanding title role of Otello with ardent intensity - for the first time, by the way, in the production at hand. As his abysmally evil opponent, the American baritone Lester Lynch matches him in vocal intensity.

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