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Catalogue No: DV-CLOPIT
Shop Product Code: 2137323
Giuseppe VERDI (1813-1901)
Wiener Staatsoper 1978
Raina Kabaivanska, Fiorenza Cassotto, Plácido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, José van Dam
Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Herbert von Karajan
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: LPCM stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Running Time: 151 mins
Region Code: PAL All
Booklet Languages: GB, F, D
Recording Date: 1 May 1978
A coup for TDK this month in the form of Karajan's final Trovatore for the first time ever on DVD.
Il Trovatore was always one of Herbert von Karajan's favourite operas. He conducted it at the very beginning of his career and his first studio recording in 1956 was made in Milan with Maria Callas and Giuseppe di Stefano, but "his" Trovatore really made its mark in the legendary performances given at the Salzburg Festival in 1962, which formed the basis for this successful revival in Vienna. He once declared in an interview that what he loved about this opera was its archetypal human passions, its compression of highly dramatic situations into the smallest conceivable space and Verdi's genius for translating such situations into music.
This 1978 performance is steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry, and, after throwing his sword at the conductor, left the stage in fury, to be later replaced by Domingo.
Karajan not only conducted the opera, but he was also responsible for the stage direction. The recording was very rarely broadcast and this DVD draws on the original tapes held by Austrian Television (ORF), extensively restored using state of the art technology. Thus this gem from the archives can now be enjoyed on DVD with enhanced sound and picture quality.
"It would be hard at that time, let alone since, to find singers more suited to their roles … Domingo has never been the ideal tenor for 'Di quella pira', but every other part of Manrico's role is very much his territory as he once again shows, singing it in his absolute prime - try his introductory serenade. Cappuccilli as ever is a strong presence as Luna and, like his colleagues, gives his all for Karajan. Van Dam, singing formidably, is in his element as Ferrando. Karajan himself seems rejuvenated by the occasion, presenting the work with the raw, emotional drive it calls for. You are definitely present at a memorable evening at the Staatsoper"
Gramophone on the original CD issue
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