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Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)  

Giuseppe Verdi

born: 10 October 1813
died: 27 January 1901
country: Italy

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Verdi revolutionised Italian opera, finding a powerful musical expression for such themes as abduction, murder, premature death and seduction in early mature works like Rigoletto and La traviata and, in later life, brilliantly translating Shakespeare’s characters Othello and Falstaff to the operatic stage. Keyboard and other musical studies in Le Roncole and nearby Busseto nurtured the boy’s natural talent; however, he failed to gain a place at the Milan Conservatory. Undeterred, Verdi studied privately with Vincenzo Lavigna and duly became Maestro di Cappella in Busseto.

His first marriage ended tragically with the death of his wife in 1840. By then Verdi had completed his first opera, Oberto, which was performed in 1839 at La Scala, Milan. A series of works was commissioned by the illustrious Milanese theatre, including Nabucco and I Lombardi. Their public success led to further commissions elsewhere, with new works created for Venice, Paris, London, and Florence. His international profile was enhanced with the triumphant first productions of Rigoletto (1851), Il trovatore (1853) and La traviata (1853). In 1859, Verdi married the soprano Giuseppina Strepponi.

After the censors refused to allow the theme of regicide in Un ballo in maschera (1859), Verdi’s work was championed by Italy’s nationalist movement. By coincidence the letters of his name stood as an acrostic for ‘Vittorio Emanuele, Re D’Italia’, allowing partisan opera fans to cry ‘Viva Verdi’ in support of both the composer and Italy’s future king. Between the composition of Aida (1871) and Otello, created for La Scala in 1887, Verdi wrote little for the stage. His final opera, Falstaff, was immediately recognised as a masterpiece.

from notes by David Cairns © 2008

Albums
'Verdi & Strauss: String Quartets' (CDH55012)
Verdi & Strauss: String Quartets
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55012  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8' (CDA67536)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA67536  Archive Service; also available on CDS44451/8  
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
Buy by post £200.00 CDS44501/98  99CDs Boxed set + book (at a special price)  
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets' (CDA66761/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 24 – Beethoven & Hummel Septets
Buy by post £20.00 CDA66761/2  2CDs   Download currently discounted
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III' (CDA66861/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 30 – Liszt at the Opera III
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 42 – Liszt at the Opera IV' (CDA67101/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 42 – Liszt at the Opera IV
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'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI' (CDA67406/7)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 54 – Liszt at the Opera VI
Buy by post £20.00 CDA67406/7  2CDs  
'Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I' (CDA66371/2)
Liszt: The complete music for solo piano, Vol. 6 – Liszt at the Opera I
Buy by post £20.00 CDA66371/2  2CDs  
'Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music' (DVDA68000)
Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music
Buy by post £16.00 DVDA68000  DVD  
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14' (CDA67758)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14
Buy by post £10.50 CDA67758  Download currently discounted
'Strauss & Verdi: String Quartets' (CDH55012)
Strauss & Verdi: String Quartets
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55012  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
LISZT1  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
On other labels
'Verdi: Requiem' (LSO0683)
Verdi: Requiem
LSO0683  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'A Matthay Miscellany – Rare and unissued recordings by Tobias Matthay and his pupils' (APR6014)
A Matthay Miscellany – Rare and unissued recordings by Tobias Matthay and his pupils
APR6014  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 1' (APR5667)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 1
APR5667  Download only  
'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
APR6010  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Jewels of the Bel Canto' (SIGCD374)
Jewels of the Bel Canto
SIGCD374  Download only   Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
'The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald' (APR5531)
The Piano G & Ts, Vol. 1 – Vladimir de Pachmann, Aleksander Michalowski & Landon Ronald
APR5531  Download only  
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
"Ernani" de Verdi – Première paraphrase de concert, S431a (Liszt/Verdi)
Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi, S437i (Verdi/Liszt)
Aida di Verdi – Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale, S436 (Liszt/Verdi)
Egli non riede ancora! – Non so le tetre immagini   Il corsaro (Verdi)
Ernani de Verdi – [Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert, S432 (Liszt/Verdi)
Finale de Don Carlos de Verdi – Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435 (Liszt/Verdi)
Grand March from Aida (Verdi/Lemare/Herrick)
Il corsaro (Verdi)
Jerusalem 'Grande fantaisie triomphale', RO126 Op 13 (Verdi/Gottschalk)
Miserere du Trovatore de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S433 (Liszt/Verdi)
Réminiscences de Boccanegra de Verdi, S438 (Liszt/Verdi)
Requiem (Verdi)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 (Liszt/Verdi)
Salve Maria de l'opéra de Verdi Jérusalem, S431ii (Liszt/Verdi)
Salve Maria! de l'opéra de Verdi: Jérusalem – I Lombardi, S431i (Liszt/Verdi)
String Quartet in E minor (Verdi)
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