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Verdi: The Complete Works (Coffret 75 CD)
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The 30 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.
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, EMI and the former Philips label.
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Decca avait déjà donné en 2010 une Edition Verdi (assez vite épuisée). Il réitère ici, avec ces oeuvres "complètes" (ou peu s'en faut ;) en 75 CDs (et environ 90 heures de musique). A noter certains changement de version par rapport au coffret précédent (11 opéras concernés; pour ceux que cela intéresse j'ai indiqué les différences dans le détail ci-dessous). On regrettera tout de même l'absence des livrets (pourtant présents dans le coffret précédent, seulement en italien il est vrai), qui auraient été un 'plus' incontestable. On se consolera comme on pourra avec le synopsis détaillé de chaque opéra (en trois langues : anglais, français, allemand... et pas italien). On n'adhèrera pas non plus forcément au coffret cartonné, certes d'un bel effet visuel, mais d'un évident manque de robustesse !
Le choix de l'éditeur s'est porté uniquement sur des versions studios (issus principalement des catalogues Decca et Philips), dans une qualité de son généralement excellente.Lire la suite ›
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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. Having said that, one reviewer on the German Amazon website has identified Il trovatore (Giulini 1984) and La forza del destino (regular version, Sinopoli 1985) as weaker parts of this box set.
I think that this box set is an excellent value and offers plenty of top-quality recordings of opera's most popular composer. Highly recommended!
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?)
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.
You need to create an account, first from a desktop or laptap. Then you need to validate you own the cd, which is why you need to be at a desktop or laptop, with the CD in the drive. Once you are validated, you can then log in via a tablet & download in pdf the libretto. You need to do this for each opera, which is a bit of a pain. At this point, this is the best option I have found to get libretti for the more obscure operas.
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!
At this moment I can only hope for one of the remedies to happen:
(i) a PDF download of libretti and translations at Universal's website, complimentary or at a price, or
(ii) a release of a different "premium edition" with libretti and translations.
This would create a win-win situation. For those who'd rather not have the libretti, they can still have the set at a rock-bottom price. For those who can afford it, the choice of having tailor-made (with track numbers) libretti and translations would be there. Talking about business, this would have been the right business decision: keeping your customers happy while making a bit more cash. -- I obviously can not speak for all, but personally I am happy to pay extra 50% or more to have the convenience of accessing libretti and translations tailor-made for the set.
It would be nice if any of the Decca's producers involved in this production can inform us the reasons behind this terrible decision, but I guess they are probably too busy planning the next fire-sale to hear "the little people". Decline of classical music industry? Talking about self-fulfilling prophecy!
N.B. 1. For those who can read Italian, the Italian libretti are available online at "giuseppeverdi.it".
2. For those who are willing to shell out $300+, they have the option of having all libretti of Verdi's *Italian* operas with English translation in 4 books by Nico and Carol Castel: The Complete Verdi Libretti Vol. 1, The Complete Verdi Libretti Vol. 2, The Complete Verdi Libretti Vol. 3, The Complete Verdi Libretti Vol. 4. They can be ordered directly from the publisher, Leyerle Publications. (Google Leyerle Publications.) Since Amazon doesn't have any info, I will list it below. Note that there are no French versions of Verdi operas, like Don Carlos or Jérusalem.
Volume One. 438 pages, contains Aids, Alzira, Aroldo, Atilla, Un Ballo in Maschera, La Battaglia di Legnano and Il Corsaro.
Volume Two. 618 pages, contains Don Carlo, I Due Foscari, Ernani, Falstaff, La Forza del Destino, Giovanna d'Arco and Un Giorno di Regno.
Volume Three. 484 pages, contains I Lombardi, Luisa Miller, Macbeth, I Masnadieri, Nabucco, Oberto Conte di San Bonifaccio and Otello.
Volume Four. 523 pages, contains Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Stiffelio, La Traviata, Il Trovatore and I Vespri Siciliani.