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Verdi: The Complete Works [Box set]

Dame Montserrat Caballe , Jose Carreras , Ileana Cotrubas , Placido Domingo , Mirella Freni , Marilyn Horne , Luciano Pavarotti , Dame Joan Alston Sutherland , Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi , Claudio Abbado , Richard Bonynge , Riccardo Chailly , Myung-Whun Chung , Herbert von Karajan , James Levine , Georg Solti Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado, Richard Bonynge, Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert von Karajan, et al.
  • Composer: Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi
  • Audio CD (March 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 75
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00AFOS8A0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On the 200th anniversary of Verdis birth in 2013 Decca are proud to present the first ever complete collection of Verdis entire compositional output: The operas, arias, songs, sacred works, chamber & piano pieces, orchestral, ballet & choral works, plus a whole host of rarities and discoveries are all here in this comprehensive and beautifully presented anthology.

All of Verdis works are contained in this luxury edition. 30 complete operas sequenced chronologically, including two versions of La forza del destino and two versions of Don Carlo & Don Carlos: La forza del destino - 1862 St Petersburg version (Gergiev)& 1869 Milan version (Sinopoli)and Don Carlos - Five-act 1886 Modena version sung in French (Abbado)& Five-act 1886 Modena version sung in Italian (Solti).

First international CD release of Quartetto Italianos 1950 recording of Verdis String Quartet in E minor.

An unrivalled compilation featuring the worlds greatest singers including Caballe, Carreras, Cotrubas, Domingo, Freni, Horne, Pavarotti & Sutherland.

The astounding wealth of benchmark recordings presents an unparalleled legacy of Verdi conducting featuring Abbado, Bonynge, Chailly, Chung, Gardelli, Gergiev, Giulini, Karajan, Kleiber, Levine, Luisi, Maag, Marriner, Muti, Sinopoli & Solti.

This carefully curated edition brings together the best available versions of these works. A once-in-a-liftetime collection of the finest recordings from Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips and EMI.

Opera 1 [CD 1 & 2]
Oberto (Marriner)

Opera 2 [CD 3 & 4]
Un giorno di regno (Gardelli)

Opera 3 [CD 5 & 6]
Nabucco (Gardelli)

Opera 4 [CD 7 & 8]
I Lombardi (Levine)

Opera 5 [CD 9 & 10]
Ernani (Bonynge)

Opera 6 [CD CD 11 & 12]
I due Foscari (Gardelli)

Opera 7 [CD 13 & 14]
Giovanna d'arco (Levine)

Opera 8 [CD15 & 16]
Alzira (Luisi)

Opera 9 [CD 17 & 18]
Attila (Gardelli)

Opera 10 [CD 19 & 20]
Macbeth (Abbado)

Opera 11 [CD 21 & 22]
I masnadieri (Bonynge)

Opera 12 [CD 23, 24 & 25]
Jérusalem (Luisi)

Opera 13 [CD 26 & 27]
Il corsaro (Gardelli)

Opera 14 [CD 28 & 29]
La battaglia di legnano (Gardelli)

Opera 15 [CD 30 & 31]
Luisa Miller (Maag)

Opera 16 [CD 32 & 33]
Stiffelio (Gardelli)

Opera 17 [CD 34 & 35]
Rigoletto (Giulini)

Opera 18 [CD 36 & 37]
Il trovatore (Giulini)

Opera 19 [CD 38 & 39]
La traviata (Kleiber)

Opera 20 [CD 40, 41 & 42]
I vespri siciliani (Muti)

Opera 21 [CD 43 & 44]
Simon Boccanegra (Abbado)

Opera 22 [CD 45 & 46]
Aroldo (Luisi)

Opera 23 [CD 47 & 48]
Un ballo in maschera (Solti)

Opera 24 [CD 49, 50 & 51]
La forza del destino
1862 St Petersburg version (Gergiev)

Opera 25 [CD 52. 53 & 54]
La forza del destino (Sinopoli)

Opera 26 [CD 55, 56, 57 & 58]
Don Carlos (Abbado)

Opera 27 [CD 59, 60 & 61]
Don Carlo (Solti)

Opera 28 [CD 62 & 63]
Aida (Karajan)

Opera 29[CD 64 & 65]
Otello (Chung)

Opera 30 [CD 66 & 67]
Falstaff (Giulini)

Other works
CD 68 & 69
Requiem &
Quattro pezzi sacri (Solti)

CD 70
Messa solenne and other sacred works (Chailly)

CD 71
Discoveries (Chailly)

CD 72
Songs (Margaret Price)

CD 73
Songs & Arias
& other rarities
(Scotto / Domingo / Pavarotti

CD 74
String Quartet (New Italian Quartet)
Ballet music:
Jérusalem (de Almeida) & Il trovatore (Bonynge)

CD 75
Ballet music:
Otello · Don Carlos · Aida
Macbeth · I vespri siciliani (Chailly)

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-quality recordings at a very competitive price March 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
2013 has been proclaimed Verdi year, being the 200th anniversary of Verdi's birth. I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that Verdi is by far the most important composer for the repertoire of most opera houses today. Think of Aida, Don Carlos, Falstaff, Il trovatore, La forza del destino, La traviata, Macbeth, Nabucco, Otello, Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Un ballo in maschera - nobody else has written that many operas that are part of the core repertoire of most opera houses today.

This is a truly outstanding collection. 67 of the 75 CDs are devoted to 30 complete operas, the other 8 CDs to Verdi's non-operatic works. La forza del destino and Don Carlo(s) are both included in two different versions each.

This set does include two "books" (booklet size, approx. 530 pages in total) with notes (for each opera, the cast and recording date/location as well as a one-page summary of each opera in English, French, and German, and a track-by-track summary of one paragraph per track in English, French, and German), but no libretti. However, with 30 operas, this isn't really surprising - the set would have to be much bigger, heavier, and more expensive if such an extraordinary amount of libretti had been included. I don't think that libretti can be reasonably expected if you pay less than $6 per opera.

What I really like about this box set is the quality of the recordings. I have listened to Aida, Oberto, and Un giorno di regno so far, and to various samples on the Decca website - see [...]and these are truly top-notch recordings. Many box sets have some highlights as well as several weaker recordings, but Decca has usually been very careful in making sure that their box sets have very high quality throughout, and this is also true for this box set here.
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69 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decca producers, get your acts together! March 9, 2013
By Y.P.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The golden era of the classical music industry is long gone. It's bad for the established companies, like Decca or DG, that they cannot expect to practice premium pricing for their records. It's also bad for the customers, as the quality slip continues. The producers of the classical music recordings are no longer musicians or music lovers. They are more and more becoming the businessmen who can do the fire-sale to cash in before the supposed final collapse (of continuous decline) of the classical music recording industry.

This (would-be) important collection of Verdi's (almost) complete works contains many excellent recordings. In fact, it overlaps with many from my pre-existing collection. Unfortunately it contains NO LIBRETTI. Not as booklets. Not in a CD-ROM. Not even as a download from Decca/Universal's website (as in the case of DG/Universal's Wagner box.) Only synopsis of each opera is given. Neither original Italian/French texts nor translations are included. (For LIBRETTI OPTIONS, see notes below.) This is an insult to Verdi's glorious music and all artists involved in these recordings. Of course, this is not Universal's first crime of omission, nor will it be its last. However, one's expectation is reasonably higher in a *landmark* release like this. -- The producers of this box either never listen to operas with libretti or they would be among the first to have them all memorized. How else could one explain such a glaring omission!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recordings... But April 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I purchased the DECCA VERDI Complete Edition, which I'm enjoying a lot.
I alreay own some of the operas therein (Ernani, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, Un ballo, the Discoveries, etc.) and I find them among the best I have save for the Callas ones... (I own several copies of each...)
However, the main purpose behind this purchase was for the earlier operas (Oberto, Alzira, Jerusalem, Giovanna d'Arco, Un giorno di regno, I due Foscari, etc.) that I wanted to discover, and for which I hoped to have a link for the libretti (as in DG's Wagner Edition), but in vain.
i also wrote to DECCA on this subject, but obviously, with no reply from their side...
I believe it is a huge downgrade not to have the libretti therein so we can follow the dialogue, especially those that we cannot find elsewhere (i.e. those earlier operas)... Note: all early operas have been previously released by Decca, surely with libretti; why prevent the purchasers from access thereto?)
Sorry but...
Shame on Decca for this!

Another remark: there is an awful editing between tracks 6 and 7 of La Travaiata's CD1 with a 6-sec. deadly silence whereas the music should have flowed continuously (as it is on all other erecordings, including the earlier DG issue of La Travaiata). If you purchase this set and have an earlier issueof this Kleiber's recording masterpiece, do as I do: listen to the earlier issue... it is stupid, but otherwise you will spoil the whole enjoyment.

Two remarks on what could have been one of the best boxes in the 21st century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Librettos
For those looking for libretti on most of these, go to the following link :
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Published 1 month ago by Edwin Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Collection...Complaints Not Warranted for the Extraordinary...
The recordings are excellent and of the highest digital quality. The artists are also quite extraordinary. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sojae
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
Exceptional product at an exceptionally low price. I agree with those who would be willing to pay for more notes and the libretti, but this is still a glorious collection. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Penguin
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi is one of the great giants and these performances will underline...
If you love Verdi you really must have this. The performances will continue to thrill you from now until you meet him in person in the afterworld
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi complete works
I gave it to my father as a gift & he loves it......still working his way through all the discs
Published 7 months ago by sally
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great collection Verdi's works.
The sound of the CD's are great. Decca took great care in getting the best sound possible. I grew-up with this music. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Drumboy26
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recordings, Great Price!
In this Verdi Bicentennial celebration, there can be no better option than this set to commemorate Le Roncole's composer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by MusicSet
5.0 out of 5 stars Big, beautiful box o' Verdi
What a treasure: all of Verdi! A must-have for fans who want to survey his entire career. I admit that I haven't heard all of it yet--75 CDs is a lot of listening and I've only had... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. Tuchman
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful tribute
Verdi's 200th birthday has seen the proliferation of recorded material of his works made available. It would be hard to better what Decca have done in compiling its Complete... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It is amazing to see so many world-class vocalists and conductors in one set. One of the early Verdi pieces featured Jesse Norman, Jose Carreras, and Montserrat Caballe! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Avant
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Will there be texts and translations?
Unfortunately, no. Not even as downloadable PDF from Decca's own website. Only synopsis of each opera is offered. This is really disappointing. -- I'd be happy to pay extra $50 for the convenience (and completeness). -- These days the senior managers in the classical music industry are mostly... Read More
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