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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
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55012  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8' (CDA67536)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy 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
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Liszt: Complete Piano Music' (CDS44501/98)
Liszt: Complete Piano Music
MP3 £160.00FLAC £160.00ALAC £160.00Buy 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
MP3 £7.75FLAC £7.75ALAC £7.75Buy 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
'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
'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
'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
'Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music' (DVDA68000)
Marc-André Hamelin – It's all about the music
Buy by post £16.00 This album is not yet available for download DVDA68000  DVD  
'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14' (CDA67758)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 14
MP3 £6.00FLAC £6.00ALAC £6.00Buy by post £10.50 CDA67758  Download currently discounted
'Strauss & Verdi: String Quartets' (CDH55012)
Strauss & Verdi: String Quartets
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55012  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Liszt: Piano Music' (LISZT1)
Liszt: Piano Music
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 LISZT1  2CDs Super-budget price sampler — Deleted  
On other labels
'Verdi: Requiem' (LSO0683)
Verdi: Requiem
MP3 £9.25FLAC £9.25ALAC £9.25 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 96 kHz £13.90ALAC 24-bit 96 kHz £13.90 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
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6014  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 1' (APR5667)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 1
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99 APR5667  Download only  
'Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings' (APR6010)
Irene Scharrer – The complete electric and selected acoustic recordings
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 APR6010  for the price of 1 — Download only  
'Jewels of the Bel Canto' (SIGCD374)
Jewels of the Bel Canto
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 Studio Master: FLAC 24-bit 96 kHz £12.00ALAC 24-bit 96 kHz £12.00 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
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99 APR5531  Download only  
Complete works available for download
Agnus Dei della Messa da Requiem di Giuseppe Verdi, S437i Leslie Howard (piano)
Grand March from Aida Christopher Herrick (organ)
Jerusalem 'Grande fantaisie triomphale', RO126 Op 13 Philip Martin (piano)
Requiem London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
String Quartet in E minor Delmé Quartet
FRANZ LISZT  (1811-1886)
"Ernani" de Verdi – Première paraphrase de concert, S431a Leslie Howard (piano)
Aida di Verdi – Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale, S436 Leslie Howard (piano)
Ernani de Verdi – [Deuxième] Paraphrase de Concert, S432 Leslie Howard (piano)
Finale de Don Carlos de Verdi – Coro di festa e marcia funebre, S435 Leslie Howard (piano)
Miserere du Trovatore de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S433 Leslie Howard (piano)
Réminiscences de Boccanegra de Verdi, S438 Leslie Howard (piano)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 Leslie Howard (piano)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 Grigory Ginzburg (piano)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 Irene Scharrer (piano)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 Raie Da Costa (piano)
Rigoletto de Verdi – Paraphrase de Concert, S434 Vladimir de Pachmann (piano)
Salve Maria de l'opéra de Verdi Jérusalem, S431ii Leslie Howard (piano)
Salve Maria! de l'opéra de Verdi: Jérusalem – I Lombardi, S431i Leslie Howard (piano)
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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