VERDI, G.: VERDIANA I (Desirée Rancatore, Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, S.Pellegrini)
Composer(s): Giuseppe Verdi
Period: 19th Century
Catalogue No.: C00029
The records having their strength in the most famous Verdi’s arias are countless today as well as the singers who, in the 20th century, faced his overwhelming dramatic force first at conservatory and then on stage. Therefore, it is with a fearful respect that nowadays singers approach one of the most popular and studied repertoire. The VERDIANA project, founded by Sergio Pellegrini of the Opera di Parma with the collaboration of three of the greatest contemporary interpreters, brings together the most important Giuseppe Verdi’s arias for soprano, tenor and bass. This first volume is fully dedicated to the soprano voice and encompasses almost all Verdi’s operatic history from “Un giorno di regno” to “Falstaff”.
Each track of this CD entered deeply the collective imagination. Whether it is the neglected Il Corsaro or the worldwide famous La Traviata, these arias imposed a very precise dramaturgic vision and spread around the world through countless instrumental transcriptions for the private enjoyment of amateurs or for professionals and concert halls.
Verdi is the true continuer of the romantic experience developed in the early 19th century by the first group of opera composers (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti) and the forerunner of the late romantic climate. His life can be divided into at least four well-defined periods: his artistic development, the first operatic experiences, the attainment of the dramatic unity that partly ended the Italian opera as a succession of closed arias and finally his own stylistic innovation carrying the Italian opera in the 20th century.[…] (Translation by Marco Beccari)