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Verdi: Ernani (Metropolitan Opera) (2 CD)

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Two CD archive release. Direct from the Metropolitan Opera's archives, these complete live recordings are taken from the historic Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts and are newly remastered from the original sources. All feature great singers in live performance, at the height of their careers.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ernani; Preludio
  2. Ernani; Act I: Evviva! Beviam!
  3. Ernani; Mercè, diletti amici - Come rugiada al cespite
  4. Ernani; Oh tu che l'alma adora
  5. Ernani; Surta è la notte - Ernani! Ernani involami
  6. Ernani; Tutto sprezzo che d'Ernani
  7. Ernani; Fa che a me venga
  8. Ernani; Da quel di che t'ho veduta
  9. Ernani; Non t'ascolto, mia sarai - No, crudeli
  10. Ernani; Che mai vegg'io! ... Infelice, e tuo credevi
  11. Ernani; L'offeso onor, signor - Uscite
  12. Ernani; Mio signor, dolente io sono - Io tuo fido?

Disc: 2

  1. Ernani; Act II: Esultiamo! Letizia ne inondi!
  2. Ernani; Jago, qui tosto il pellegrin adduci
  3. Ernani; Oro, quant'oro ogn'avido
  4. Ernani; In queste mura ogn'ospite - Ah morir potessi adesso!
  5. Ernani; Scellerati, il mio furore
  6. Ernani; Cugino, a che munito
  7. Ernani; Lo vedremo, veglio audace
  8. Ernani; Fu esplorata del castello - Vieni meco, sol di rose
  9. Ernani; Vigili pure il ciel sempre su te
  10. Ernani; Ecco il pegno
  11. Ernani; Act III: Preludio - È questo il loco?
  12. Ernani; Oh de'verd'anni miei
  13. Ernani; Ad augusta! - Si ridesti il leon di Castiglia
  14. Ernani; Qual rumore! - Io son conte, duca sono
  15. Ernani; Oh sommo Carlo
  16. Ernani; Act IV: Oh come felici
  17. Ernani; Cessaro i suoni
  18. Ernani; Ecco il pegno - Solingo, errante, misero
  19. Ernani; Ferma, crudele, estinguere
  20. Ernani; Se uno squillo intenderà

Product Details

  • Performer: The Metropolitan Opera Chorus, Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price, Cornell MacNeil, Giorgio Tozzi
  • Orchestra: The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Composer: Giuseppi Verdi
  • Audio CD (January 17, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B006DQ1J0K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Col William Russell (ret) on January 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Sony has recently been releasing Met broadcasts with a sticker that falsely proclaims "first time on CD." While they might mean something like "first authorized time on CD", that's not what they say giving collectors the false impression that they're getting something that truly hasn't been available. This release of the 1 Dec 1962 broadcast has been available in the past but no longer. If you have the release on Movimento Musica, there's no reason to get this one. In all the ones I've compared (Sony to previous releases), the sound on the Sony release is identical to previous releases and the Sony CD contain no extra material such as announcements by Milton Cross or Peter Allen. If you want to find whether a broadcast has been released on CD, look it up Frank Hamilton's excellent website "[...]" and click on "Metropolitan Opera performances on CD".

That said, if you don't have the earlier release, grab this one. Bergonzi, del Monaco, and Corelli were the three best Ernani performers of the 20th century and you can hear why in the broadcasts available on several labels. Yes, I know Domingo and Pavarotti sang the role but neither of them come anywhere near these three. While Bergonzi may not be as high-voltage as Corelli or del Monaco, he has power enough as well as a beautiful tone. Schippers propels the score very well and the sining of all is first-rate as well as each making the roles their own. Leontyne Price was one of the greatest sopranos of any century and her powerful, richly burnished tones bring the role to life. She and Bergonzi recorded this opera for RCA but the live performance in fine sound is even more remarkable with its theatrical feel.

Grab it while Sony is still releasing it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Walter P. Sheppard VINE VOICE on May 9, 2012
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Price, Bergonzi, and Schippers made an excellent recording (now out of print) of "Ernani" in a Rome studio in 1967; it is textually complete. The 1962 Met broadcast performance reviewed here takes the traditional cuts (about 25 minutes of music), but I think it is better than the studio recording because it is an actual performance, with the tension and electricity naturally generated in a theater with an audience present. Price and Bergonzi are superb in all respects, and one could not ask for a more unrelenting Silva than Giorgio Tozzi. The unexpected reward of the performance is the splendid Don Carlo of Cornell MacNeil. His later work could be erratic, but here his voice is smooth, warm, and commanding when needed.

When "Ernani" was premiered, Verdi was only 30. At the time of this Met production, Thomas Schippers was only 32, and he conducted this performance with appropriately youthful vigor, as well as complete authority. He also showed that the 1962 Met Orchestra was not a rag-tag ensemble when it had the kind of strong and decisive leadership he provided.

I recommend that you load this recording into your player, turn up the volume, and settle back for nearly two hours of operatic excitement from this Met production, about which critic Irving Kolodin wrote, "Early Verdi has rarely sounded more verdant."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 4, 2012
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The more of these live broadcasts released from the Met archives we hear, the more we become aware of a standard of cast and performance that might then have been taken for granted but which seems impossibly exalted today. The only pity is that they were not recorded in stereo; as it is, we must be content with clean, slightly boxy mono sound occasionally punctuated with some wow and fade such as we hear at the end of the great ensemble "Oh sommo Carlo" which concludes Act III. Supposedly re-mastered for this first Met-authorised release, the sound is apparently little different from or better than previous unauthorised releases but no-one will complain at the price. We are not exactly short of good recordings of "Ernani"; there is the excellent, stereo 1967 RCA studio recording with the same two principal singers and conductor, a classic vintage performance from RAI in 1950 with Caterina Mancini, Gino Penno and Giuseppe Taddei conducted by Previtali and the celebrated live blockbuster from Florence in 1957 starring Del Monaco, Cerquetti, Christoff and Bastianini - beat that for a cast!

Having said that, I think there are still very good reasons for buying this set, not least the opportunity to hear Leontyne Price in such youthful, vibrant voice that she sounds positively reckless in her attack on her music; she is as thrilling as Mancini and Cerquetti but with even more beauty of tone. True, one or two top notes squawk a little, but by and large this is the most vital and uninhibited singing you will ever hear from her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cdgray on April 27, 2012
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Bergonzi is stylish, Price is wonderful, Tozzi is great (contrary to review in Opera News), but the gem of this live recording is CORNELL MACNEIL. His singing is of dimensions beyond words. Solid low notes smooth legato in all registers, and high notes of both beauty and power. There has never been a better example of this great baritone's work. Thankfully, these live recordings are becoming available. If you hear this one, you then must get the TOSCA with Corelli and Price. Both Verdi and Puccini would have been stunned by this artist's incredible vocalism.
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