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Don Carlos Naxos 8.660096-98


Verdi, Giuseppe


Du Locle, Camille; Mery, Joseph


Hold-Garrido, Alberto


Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra


Royal Swedish Opera Chorus


Cleveman, Lars; Hedlund, Klas; Leidland, Hilde; Martinpelto, Hillevi; Mattei,
Peter; Rundgren, Bengt; Ryhanen, Jaakko; Sorenson, Iwa; Tobiasson, Ingrid;
Wallen, Martti

Don Carlos is Verdi's longest opera - in five acts. The French audience
expected grand opera in the style of Meyerbeer, with grandiose scenography,
expensive costumes, musical drama and elaborate ensembles, ballet and crowd
scenes. Verdi devised a ballet of twenty minutes and two crowd scenes. Much has
been made of Verdi's impatience with the Paris Opéra. He admired the care
with which productions were mounted at the Opéra compared to the low standards
in Italy. He feared, however, that the very size and length of the projects
risked making them unmanageable and artistically flawed. Don Carlos was also
revised several times.

Don Carlos, however, is not an incoherent patchwork. With this opera Verdi
takes a big step towards the height of his genius, towards Aida, Otello and
Falstaff. One innovation in Don Carlos is the “conversation music”. There
are no recitatives but more of a connected lyrical-dramatic declamation
resulting in a new form of through-composed dialogue. The musical portrayal of
the characters too, the intensified interplay

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