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VERDI Giuseppe 6CD BOX «OTELLO», «IL TROVATORE», «La BATTAGLIA di LEGNANO» (In RUSSIAN)

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AQVR 425-2
40-pp. booklet
For the 210th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), three Russian versions of his operas are published here for the first time - «Otello», «Il Trovatore» and «La Battaglia di Legnano».

This edition of Verdi's operas «Otello» and «Il Trovatore» continues our publication of rare Leningrad opera performances, which began with the release of two broadcast recordings of Tchaikovsky's «Eugene Onegin» (with Ivan Kozlovsky and Sergei Lemeshev). The unique recording of «Otello» presented in this album has never been published before, is virtually unknown1 and provides us with the rare opportunity of hearing, for the first time, two outstanding singers of the Leningrad opera scene - Boris Geft and Alexander Modestov in main roles
As a bonus we have included a selection of rare recordings of Verdi's songs performed by Vladimir Makhov.

CD 1-2 «Otello»
Opera in four acts, libretto by A. Boito based on the tragedy of the same name by W. Shakespeare

Otello . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boris Geft
Iago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Modestov
Desdemona . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olga Kashevarova
Cassio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mikhail Dovenman
Emilia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olga Golovina
Lodovico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nikolai Butyagin

Orchestra of the Leningrad State Philharmonic. Conductor - Eduard Grikurov Recorded in 1949

CD 3-4 «Il Trovatore»
Opera in four acts, libretto by S. Cammarano and L. Bardare based on the drama of the same name by A. G. Gutiérrez. Russian text by V. Epaneshnikova

Manrico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mikhail Dovenman
Leonora . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faina Ratner
Azucena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olga Golovina
Conte di Luna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Konstantin Dorozhinsky
Ferrando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dmitry Silvestrov
Ines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iraida Timonova-Levando
Ruiz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fyodor Baraev

Soloists, choir and orchestra of the Leningrad Academic Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Conductor - Eduard Grikurov.
Recording of the broadcast from the branch of the Bolshoi Theatre on 18th July 1950

CD 5-6 «La Battaglia di Legnano»
Opera in four acts, libretto by S. Cammarano based on the drama «La Bataille de Toulouse» by J. Méry.
Orchestration by L. Feygin edited by V. Shebalin. Russian text by I. Sharoev.

Lida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tatyana Tugarinova
Rolando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Polyakov
Arrigo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vladimir Makhov
Friedrich Barbarossa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Georgy Pankov
Podesta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gennady Troitsky
Marcovaldo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Daniil Demyanov
Imelda . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tamara Erofeeva
1st Consul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alexander Tikhonov
2nd Consul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pavel Korobkov
Arrigo's Squire and Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vassily Eliseev
Text read by Mikhail Nazvanov

The All-Union Radio and Television Opera-Symphony Orchestra and Choir.
The artistic director of the choir - Klavdy Ptitsa,
the choirmasters are Maria Bondar and Lyudmila Ermakova.
Conductor - Evgeny Akulov.
Broadcast from the Column Hall of the House of Unions, 1960

Bonus:
  1. Rolando's scene and aria (Rolando, Arrigo, Marcovaldo, act 3) 5:05
Rolando - Vladimir Zakharov, Arrigo - Vladimir Makhov, Marcovaldo - Daniil Demyanov. The All-Union Radio and Television Opera-Symphony Orchestra, conductor - Evgeny Akulov. Recorded in 1961

Vladimir Makhov performing songs by G. Verdi
translated from the Italian by Sergei Levik
  2. In solitaria stanza (J. Vittorelli)
  3. Il tramonto (A. Maffei)
  4. Ad una stella (A. Maffei)
  5. Brindisi (A. Maffei)
  6. Il Mistero (F. Romani)
  7. Lo Spazzacamino (S. M. Maggione)
  8. Il poveretto (S. M. Maggione)
  9. Stornello (anon.)
Piano: Lyubov Popova. Recorded on the 9th December 1968

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