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Verdi: Aida (Highlights), Muti (CD)

Verdi: Aida (Highlights), Muti (CD)

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“As if hearing the opera with new ears . . . pinprick violin arpeggios evoking the flow of the Nile in the opening of the third act; tiny grace notes that add ineffable spirit to the short second-act ballet in Amneris’ chambers . . . a practically flawless reading of the score.” — The New York Times (on Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Aida, June 2019)

Riccardo Muti’s 1974 recording of Aida launched his decades-long recording career and laid the groundwork for his extensive Verdi discography. In these selections from Verdi’s great, Egyptian opera, hear a star-studded cast led by the king of Verdi himself.

Verdi Highlights from Aida
Montserrat Caballé Aida
Plácido Domingo Radamès
Fiorenza Cossotto Amneris
Nicolai Ghiaurov Ramfis
Piero Cappuccilli Amonasro
Luigi Roni The King of Egypt
New Philharmonia Orchestra
Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Royal Military School of Music Band
July 1974, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

Track Listing:

  1. “Se quel guerrier io fossi! . . . Celeste Aida”
  2. “Or di Vulcano al tempio”
  3. “Ritorna vincitor!”
  4. “Gloria all’Egitto” (Triumphal March)
  5. “O Re, pei sacri Numi”
  6. “Qui Radamès verrà! . . . O patria mia”
  7. “Ciel! mio padre! . . . Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate”
  8. “Pur ti reveggo, mia dolce Aida!”
  9. “Già i sacerdoti adunansi”
  10. “O terra, addio”

Discs: 1
Record Label: Warner
Release Date: May 9, 2011

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