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CHAN 3068 - Verdi: Otello
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CD available From: 10 September 2001

Opera - Otello

 Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Otello 138:06
      Dramma lirico in four acts
      Libretto by Arrigo Boito after Shakespeare, English translation by Andrew Porter
     
      COMPACT DISC ONE
      Act I
      Scene 1
1 'See, the sail there!' 4:22
      Chorus, Montano, Cassio, Iago, Roderigo
2 'Oh rejoice now!' 2:17
      Otello, Chorus
3 'Roderigo, speak up' 2:45
      Iago, Roderigo
4 'Flame of rejoicing!' 2:23
      Chorus
5 'Roderigo, drink up!' 1:36
      Iago, Cassio, Chorus
6 Brindisi: 'Good comrades, brave and true' 3:47
      Iago, Cassio, Chorus, Roderigo
7 'Captain Cassio, the guard awaits your orders' 1:15
      Montano, Cassio, Iago, Chorus
     
      Scene 2
8 'Your swords cast before me!' 3:07
      Otello, Iago, Cassio, Montano
     
      Scene 3
9 'Now in the silent darkness' 2:30
      Otello, Desdemona
10 'Once when you told me of your life in exile' 7:33
      Desdemona, Otello
     
      Act II
      Scene 1
11 'Don't give up hope, but trust in me' 2:42
      Iago, Cassio
     
      Scene 2
12 'Take it; take the path to your ruin' 0:32
13 Yes, I believe in a God who has created me' 4:25
14 'There she is . . . Cassio . . . your chance . . .' 1:23
     
      Scene 3
15 'How distressing . . ' 2:52
16 'Beware, O my lord, beware of jealousy' 2:17
      Iago, Otello
17 'At your glances, flame in our hearts' 4:01
      Chorus, Desdemona, Otello, Iago
     
      Scene 4
18 'I come from someone who has felt your anger' 2:22
      Desdemona, Otello
19 'Grant me, oh grant me sweet words of pardon' 2:55
      Desdemona, Otello, Iago, Emilia
     
      Scene 5
20 'Desdemona guilty!' 1:41
21 'Now and forever farewell' 2:10
22 'By all creation! Can I believe in Desdemona?' 1:24
      Otello, Iago
23 'Darkness had fallen, Cassio was sleeping . . .' 4:37
      Iago, Otello
24 'See me swear, you heavens above me!' 3:01
      Otelo, Iago
      68:12
     
      COMPACT DISC TWO
      Act III
      Scene 1
1 'I bring word that the watchman at the harbour' 2:54
      Herald, Otello, Iago
     
      Scene 2
2 'God give you joy, Otello' 3:12
3 'You are trying to tease me' 6:59
      Desdemona, Otello
     
      Scene 3
4 'God! Had it pleased you to try me with affliction' 4:22
     
      Scene 4
'Ah! Damned for ever!'
      Otello, Iago
     
      Scene 5
5 'Come now; the hall's deserted' 3:52
      Iago, Cassio, Otello
6 'This is a cobweb, men are flies' 1:56
      Iago, Cassio
     
      Scene 6
7 'How shall I take her life?' 1:14
      Otello, Iago, Chorus
     
      Scene 7
8 'Hail him! All hail him!' 3:43
      Chorus, Lodovico, Otello, Desdemona, Emilia, Iago
     
      Scene 8
9 'All hear me! The Doge . . .' 1:49
      Otello, Roderigo, Iago, Cassio, Lodovico
10 'I lie here! Yes: I lie in the dust here . . .' 3:40
      Desdemona, Emilia, Roderigo, Cassio, Lodovico, Chorus, Iago, Otello
11 'All in this day of glory rejoice' 1:56
      Iago, Chorus, Otello, Lodovico, Desdemona
     
      Scene 9
12 'But who can flee himself!' 1:53
      Otello, Iago, Chorus
     
      Act IV
      Scene 1
13 'Did he seem calmer?' 4:56
14 '''The poor soul sat sighing beneath a willow . . .''' 7:05
      Desdemona, Emilia
     
      Scene 2
15 'Ave Maria, mother of mercy' 5:01
      Desdemona
     
      Scene 3
16 'Who's there? . . . Otello?' 6:23
      Desdemona, Otello
17 'Calm and cold as the tomb' 2:00
      Otello, Emilia, Desdemona
     
      Scene 4
18 'Who's shouting! Oh God! Ah no!' 1:30
      Emilia, Iago, Otello, Cassio, Montano, Lodovico
19 'Do not fear me' 5:17
      Otello, Cassio, Chorus
      69:54
 Charles Craig tenor - Otello
 Rosalind Plowright soprano - Desdemona
 Neil Howlett baritone - Iago
 Shelagh Squires mezzo-soprano - Emilia
 Bonaventura Bottone tenor - Cassio
 Stuart Kale tenor - Roderigo
 Sean Rea bass - Lodovico
 Malcolm Rivers baritone - Montano
 Gordon Traynor baritone - Herald
 English National Opera Chorus
 English National Opera Orchestra
 Mark Elder
 Recorded in:
 London Coliseum
      6, 22, 25 & 28 January 1983
 Producer(s)
 John Fraser
 Sound Engineer(s)
 Stuart Eltham
 Format: Digital CD 16Bit 44.1Khz
Originally recorded in: 24 Bit Remaster

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