The Complete RCA & Sony Classical Album Collection 1991-2001 (28CD)

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Artist:
Riccardo Muti

Over a long and distinguished career, Riccardo Muti has been celebrated as one of the great conductors of his generation – especially in operatic repertoire.

Born in Naples in 1941, Riccardo Muti studied piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under Vincenzo Vitale, graduating with distinction. He was subsequently awarded a diploma in Composition and Conducting from the Conservatory "Giuseppe Verdi" Milan, where he studied under the guidance of Bruno Bettinelli and Antonino Votto.

He first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded the first place by the prestigious jury of the "Guido Cantelli" competition for conductors in Milan. The following year he was appointed Music Director of the "Maggio Musicale Fiorentino," a position he maintained until 1980. In 1971 Muti was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, the first of many occasions, which led to a celebration of forty years of artistic collaboration with the Austrian festival in 2010. During the 1970s, he was Music Director of the London Philharmonia (1972 to 1982) succeeding Otto Klemperer. From 1980 to 1992, he inherited the position of Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from Eugene Ormandy.

From 1986 to 2005, he was Music Director of the Teatro alla Scala and under his direction important projects were undertaken such as the Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy and the Wagner Ring Cycle. Alongside the classics of the repertoire, he brought many rarely performed and neglected works to light, including pieces from the Neapolitan school of the XVIII Century, as well as operas by Gluck, Cherubini, and Spontin. Most recently Poulenc's "Les dialogues des Carmélites" earned Muti the prestigious "Abbiati Critics' Prize". The long period spent as the Musical Director of the organization La Scala culminated in the triumphant re-opening of the restored theatre La Scala with Antonio Salieri's "Europa Riconosciuta" on December 7th, 2004.

This 28 CD set gathers together all of Muti's recordings for RCA and Sony made between 1991-2001, in repertoire that reflects Muti's pre-occupation with opera as well as his lifelong dedication to championing works of lesser-known composers. Highlights include the 1995 recording of Rigoletto with Roberto Alagna and Renato Bruson, Boito's Mefistofele with Samuel Ramey, two discs of the film scores of Nino Rota, and selections by composers such as Giuseppe Martucci, Alfredo Casella and Gaspare Spontini.

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Tracklisting:

CD 1 & 2 - Luigi Cherubini: Lodoïska (1991)

Lodoïska: Mariella Devia
Lysinka: Francesca Pedaci
Floreski: Bernard Lombardo
Titzikan: Thomas Moser
Varbel: Alessandro Corbelli
Dourlinski: William Shimell
Altamoras: Mario Luperi
Talma: Danilo Serraiocco
Premier émissaire: Pietro Spina
Deuxième émissaire: Ernesto Panariello
Troisième émissaire: Enzo Capuano
Premier Tartare: Renato Cazzaniga
Deuxieme Tartare: Aldo Bramante

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 3 & 4 - Christoph Willibald Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride (1993)

Iphigénie: Carol Vaness
Thoas: Giorgio Surian
Oreste: Thomas Allen
Pylade: Gösta Winbergh
Première prȇtresse: Anna Zoroberto
Deuxième prȇtresse: Michela Remor
Diane: Sylvie Brunet
Un Scythe: Angelo Veccia
Le ministre du sanctuaire: Enrico Turco
Une femme grecque: Svetla Krasteva

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 5 - Busoni, Casella & Martucci (1993)

Alfredo Casella (1883-1947): Paganiniana, Op. 65

Giuseppe Martucci (1856-1909):

Notturno, Op. 70 N. 1
Novelletta, Op. 82
Giga, Op. 61 N. 3

Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924):
Turandot Suite, Op. 41

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Muti

CD 6 & 7 - Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (1993)

Violetta Valery: Tiziana Fabbricini
Flora Bervoix: Nicoletta Curiel
Annina: Antonella Trevisan
Alfredo Germont: Roberto Alagna
Giorgio Germont, suo padre: Paolo Coni
Gastone, Visconte di Letorières: Enrico Cossutta
Barone Douphol: Orazio Mori
Marchese d'Obigny: Enzo Capuano
Dottor Grenvil: Francesco Musinu
Giuseppe, servo di Violetta: Ernesto Gavazzi
Domestico di Flora: Ernesto Panariello
Commissionario: Silvestro Sammaritano

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 8 & 9 - Giuseppe Verdi: Falstaff (1994)

Sir John Falstaff: Juan Pons
Ford, marito d’Alice: Roberto Frontali
Fenton: Ramon Vargas
Dr.Cajus: Ernesto Gavazzi
Bardolfo, seguace di Falstaff: Paolo Barbacini
Pistola, seguace di Falstaff: Luigi Roni
Mrs.Alice Ford: Daniela Dessì
Nannetta, figlia di Alice e di Ford: Maureen O’Flynn
Mrs.Quickly: Bernadette Manca di Nissa
Mrs.Meg Page: Delores Ziegler

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 10 - Brahms & Elgar (1993)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Serenade N. 1 in D major, Op. 11
Edward Elgar (1857-1934): In the South (Alassio), Op. 50

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Danilo Rossi, viola
Riccardo Muti

CD 11, 12 & 13 - Gaspare Spontini: La Vestale (1995)

Licinius, général romain: Anthony Michaels Moore
Cinna, chef de légion: J.Patrick Raftery
Le Souverain Pontife: Dimitri Kavrakos
Le chef des aruspices: Aldo Bramante
Un consul: Silvestro Sammaritano
Julia, jeune vestale: Karen Huffstodt
La Grande Vestale: Denyce Graves

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Danilo Stagni, horn
Luisa Prandina, harp
Riccardo Muti

CD 14 & 15 - Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1995)

Il Duca di Mantova: Roberto Alagna
Rigoletto: Renato Bruson
Gilda: Andrea Rost
Sparafucile: Dimitri Kavrakos
Maddalena: Mariana Pentcheva
Giovanna: Antonella Trevisan
Il Conte di Monterone: Giorgio Giuseppini
Marullo: Silvestro Sammaritano
Borsa: Ernesto Gavazzi
Il Conte di Ceprano: Antonio de Gobbi
La Contessa di Ceprano: Nicoletta Zanini
Usciere di corte: Ernesto Panariello
Paggio della Duchessa: Marilena Laurenza

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 16 - Giuseppe Verdi: Preludes & Overtures (1995)

  1. La forza del destino
  2. Attila
  3. Nabucco
  4. La Traviata (Atto I)
  5. Giovanna d'Arco
  6. La Traviata: Preludio (Atto III)
  7. La battaglia di Legnano
  8. I masnadieri
  9. Un ballo in maschera
  10. Luisa Miller
  11. Aida
  12. Les Vêpres siciliennes

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Muti

CD 17 - Nino Rota (1995)

  1. La Strada ballet suite
  2. Concerto for Strings
  3. Dances from Il Gattopardo

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Stefano Pagliani, violin
Giuseppe Bodanza, trombone
Riccardo Muti

CD 18 - Stravinsky & Bartok (1995)

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Le Baiser de la Fée
Balletto allegorico in Quattro scene (Revisione del 1950)

Béla Bartók (1881-1945): Deux Images pour orchestra, Op. 10 (Sz 46)

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Muti

CD 19 & 20 - Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele (1996)

Mefistofele: Samuel Ramey
Faust: Vincenzo La Scola
Margherita / Elena: Michéle Crider
Marta / Pantalis: Eleonora Jankovic
Wagner / Nereo: Ernesto Gavazzi

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Coro di voci bianche del Teatro alla Scala e del Conservatorio G. Verdi, Milano
Roberto Gabbiani e Bruno Casoni, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 21 - Martucci (1996)

La canzone dei ricordi
Concerto per piano e orchestra in Si bemolle minore, Op. 66

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Mirella Freni, soprano
Carlo Bruno, pianoforte
Riccardo Muti

CD22 - Giuseppe Verdi: Preludes & Overtures, Vol II (1997)

  1. I due Foscari
  2. La forza del destino (Atto III)
  3. Un ballo in maschera (Atto II)
  4. Rigoletto
  5. Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio
  6. Macbeth
  7. Il finto Stanislao
  8. I lombardi alla prima crociata(Atto III)
  9. Il corsaro
  10. Alzira
  11. Ernani
  12. Stiffelio

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Stefano Pagliani, violin
Giuseppe Bodanza, trombone
Riccardo Muti

CD 23 - Nino Rota: Music for film (1997)

  1. Il padrino
  2. 8 1⁄2
  3. La dolce vita
  4. Prova d’orchestra
  5. Rocco e I suoi fratelli
  6. Il Gattopardo

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Giuseppe Bodanza, trombone
Massimo Colombo, keyboard
Riccardo Muti

CD24 - Puccini, Catalani & Ponchielli (1998)

Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886): Elegia

Alfredo Catalani (1854-1893):
Scherzo
Contemplazione

Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924):
Preludio sinfonico in La maggiore
Le Villi: Intermezzo (La tregenda)
Capriccio Sinfonico

Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala
Riccardo Muti

CD 25 & 26 - Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (2000)

Floria Tosca: Maria Guleghina
Mario Cavaradossi: Salvatore Licitra
Barone Scarpia: Leo Nucci
Cesare Angelotti: Giovanni Battista Parodi
Spoletta: Ernesto Gavazzi
Il sagrestano: Alfredo Mariotti
Sciarrone: Silvestro Sammaritano
Un carceriere: Ernesto Panariello
Un pastore: Virginia Barchi

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

CD 27 & 28 - Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore (2001)

Manrico: Salvatore Licitra
Leonora: Barbara Frittoli
Il Conte di Luna: Leo Nucci
Azucena: Violeta Urmana
Ferrando: Giorgio Giuseppini
Ruiz: Ernesto Gavazzi
Ines: Tiziana Tramonti
Un messo: Francesco Biasi
Un vecchio zingaro: Ernesto Panariello

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani, choir director
Riccardo Muti

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