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A New Generation

Donald Macleod explores Verdi's relationship with the younger generation of Italian artists including Arrigo Boito, a man almost 30 years his junior.

[Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the aging composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.]

Donald Macleod examines the beginnings of Verdi's collaborative relationship with Arrigo Boito, a man almost 30 years his junior. It started badly - at a banquet at which both men were present, Boito called on 'young Italian Art' to throw off the shackles imposed by the 'old and cretinous'. Verdi took it as a personal insult, but they managed to recover from this and Boito would become the librettist of Verdi's final works.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Simon Boccanegra - extract

    Singer: Renato Bruson. Singer: Katia Ricciarelli. Singer: Konstantin Sfris. Singer: Felice Schiavi. Singer: Veriano Luchetti. Singer: Ruggero Raimondi. Choir: Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • RCA : 74321-57733 2.
    • 15-16.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Inno delle nazioni

    Singer: Francesco Meli. Choir: Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • CHAN 10659.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Requiem - Dies Irae - Ingemisco, Confutatis, Lacrymosa

    Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips 442 143-2.
    • 8.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Opening song: Stornello

    Singer: Margaret Price. Performer: Geoffrey Parsons.
    • DG 4196212.
    • 14.

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