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Classical - Released January 1, 1964 | Warner Classics


Classical - Released June 12, 2020 | Sony Classical

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It has been a while since major studios gave up recording operas in studio due to a lack of investment and profitability. But the world-renowned reputation of Jonas Kaufmann has incited Sony Classical to record and produce this new version of Verdi’s Othello in studio in the “traditional style”. The work was produced over twelve days of session recording in the generous acoustics of the splendid Parco della Musica built in Rome by the architect Renzo Piano. It is no exaggeration when we say that this is a truly astounding version of Verdi’s masterpiece that stands shoulder to shoulder with the legendary versions of the flamboyant Toscanini (1947), the winning trio Vickers-Rysanek-Gobbi of Serafin (1960) and also the electrifying live performance of Carlos Kleiber (1976). There are of course many others of diverse merit but none so utterly satisfying.Jonas Kaufmann has waited patiently before taking on the compelling title role, singing previously as Cassio in Chicago before playing Otello in London in 2017 under the passionate direction of Antonio Pappano (interpretation available on DVD). Here, the same conductor is at helm of the supercharged and on great form, Orchestre de l’Académie Sainte-Cécile in Rome. Alongside his strong, moving, impulsive and ultimately fragile depiction of Otello, Jonas Kaufmann is joined by Federica Lombardi’s sublime Desdemona and Carlos Álvarez’s solid take on the sordid, treacherous and conniving Iago. Liparit Avetisyan and Carlo Bossi, who play Cassio and Rodrigo respectively, provide this ensemble with a perfect harmony. The sound recording provides a great presence to this vocal and instrumental delight and does justice to the aggression and violent colouring of Verdi’s final drama as the composer proves more than ever to be a match for Shakespeare. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Full Operas - Released November 4, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Full Operas - Released November 9, 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Lady Macbeth's introduction alone, "Vieni t'affretta", sung by the formidable Shirley Verrett is enough to make this an immortal record! But there's a lot more to come. Recorded in the middle of a 1975 anthology performance at La Scala in Milan and superbly produced by Giorgio Strehler, this album possesses a theatricality that is difficult to recreate in a studio. Claudio Abbado directs with great subtlety and eloquence. Domingo, Cappuccilli, and Ghiaurov are all on top form. It's rare that this blend of Shakespeare and Verdi is performed with such a perfect sense of the dramatic. This is a brilliantly unique record. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Full Operas - Released September 2, 2016 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Opera - Released October 2, 2015 | Warner Classics

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Three challenging roles expertly personified by three major singers from the new generation, which some have heralded as the operatic events of the year. Jonas Kaufmann performs his first Radames, Anja Harteros her first Aida, Ludovic Tézier his first Amonasro – and under such dreamy conditions. A real studio recording, not hastily dispatched in a few general sessions, but rather resulting from a long work process which was preceded by a series of presentations in concert version. This work will also highlight the excellent reprisal of Amneris by Ekaterina Semenchuk, who has already played this role on numerous occasions. Pappano affords the stars of the Orchestre de l’Académie Sainte-Cécile in Rome the perfect acoustics of the Parco della Musica de Renzo Piano auditorium. The stars have aligned, even within the music! This new version of Aida is without doubt one of the finest in the work’s discography. The singers go to great lengths to avoid ‘overdoing’ it, which is without doubt due to the complicity of Pappano, who has always been known for his affinity for going back to basics. © QobuzTHE CAST : Anja Harteros (Aida), soprano Jonas Kaufmann (Radames), tenor Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), mezzo-soprano Ludovic Tézier (Amonasro), baritone Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), baritone-basse Marco Spotti (Der King of Egypt), bass Paolo Fanale (The Messenger), tenor Eleonora Buratto (The Priestess), soprano Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (ligne en plus petit) Antonio Pappano, conductor

Full Operas - Released November 1, 2019 | Prima Classic

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As if trying to prove that opera's centre of gravity has changed, this new Traviata is from Latvia. Recorded in Riga between 24 March and 3 April 2019, it's the first studio recording of a Verdi opera for... 26 years. This production shows off today's great voices, with a moving Violetta from Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who has been singing this role very successfully on the great stages of the world since 2007 and meeting with great acclaim (she has already featured in a Naxos DVD of a live performance of La Traviata in Hanover). At her side, Alfredo is played by Charles Castronovo, one of the world's most sought-after lyrical tenors. He sang this role (also for a DVD recording) alongside Natalie Dessay at Aix-en-Provence. As for the Verdian baritone George Petean, he is also seen at Vienna, and at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, Dresden and Zurich. At the stand, the young German lyrical orchestra conductor Michael Balke is on the up and up. After having led the Magdeburg Opera, he is currently the musical director at St. Gallen, in German- speaking Switzerland. And today he is gradually becoming more and more in- demand on the Tokyo stage and on stages across Europe. For musicians, making a record often means running a gauntlet. Following her international success, Marina Rebeka, like a great many artists today, turned the tables by creating Prima Classic, her own independent label, keeping her intellectual property rights and artistic independence over her work: all in order to enjoy total freedom in her own artistic choices. This Traviata is very polished both vocally and instrumentally, and it's one of the first outings for the new label. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Classical - Released September 1, 1972 | Deutsche Grammophon Classics


Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Full Operas - Released July 11, 2014 | Sony Classical

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Opera - Released March 8, 2010 | Warner Classics

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 27, 2015 | Sony Classical

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Classical - Released April 7, 2017 | LSO Live

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Classical - Released August 16, 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released March 29, 2019 | Les Indispensables de Diapason

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Opera - Released May 1, 2020 | BR-Klassik

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Verdi strongly adhered to Italian patriotism and Attila is one of his works that goes to show it. A drama with a particularly inventive melodic invention, it aptly confronts the barbarian Attila, not devoid of greatness and humanity, the Roman general Ezio with his ambiguous character (“You will have the universe; but let Italy remain mine”) and the allegorical figure Odabella, an emblem of the Italian female fighters. Attila contains some major pages heralding the great works of maturity, especially in Attila’s scene and the grand finale of the first act. In this work and like so many others, Verdi carries his political ideas into an epic and national drama. Recorded during a concert at the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich on October 13, 2019, this production features the dark, deep voice of Italian bass baritone Ildebrando d’Archangelo, facing the powerful Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, whose sharp style and impressive vocal abilities transfigure the Verdian melodies. Sicilian tenor Stefano La Colla en Foresto and Romanian baritone George Petean complete a motley but perfectly balanced cast. A special mention goes to the Bavarian Radio Choir, who bring a luxurious note to the Verdian drama conducted here by the Croatian conductor Ivan Repušić, marking his induction concert to his new position as Music Director of the Munich Radio Orchestra. © François Hudry/Qobuz

Full Operas - Released July 5, 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released January 1, 2014 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 14, 2016 | Sony Classical


Classical - Released January 1, 1963 | Warner Classics