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Gala Concerts: Claudio Abbado—A Verdi Gala from Berlin; Gala Concert from the Vienna State Opera; Great Stars of Opera
Andrea Rost, Agnes Baltsa, Eva Marton & others. Prague Symphony Orchestra. Berlin Philharmoniker. Claudio Abbado, conductor, & others.
Studio Euroarts
Format 4 DVDs. boxed Widescreen
DVD Encoding
Worldwide  (What is DVD encoding?)
MPAA Rating
Not Rated
UPC 880242582188
Runtime/Release Date 6 hrs 25 mins/2005
Daedalus Item Code 25863
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With some of the greatest names in opera, this limited edition set opens with 2000 Verdi centennial excerpts, from Un ballo in maschera, Don Carlos, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Falstaff. Subsequent highlights include Seiji Ozawa conducting Beethoven's "Leonore" Overture No. 3 (without a score) and the finale from Act 2 of Fidelio (with Deborah Polaski and Johan Botha as Leonore and Florestan); extensive excerpts from Don Giovanni; the final trio from Rosenkavalier; a duet from Aida, sung by Plácido Domingo as Radames and Agnes Baltsa as Amneris; the late tenor Jerry Hadley and others in the "Brindisi" from Traviata; arias from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow; Daniella Barcellona turning from Carmen's sultry "Seguidilla" to Rosina's coloratura showpiece from The Barber of Seville, Italian tenor Vincenzo La Scola ringing out "Nessun dorma," and Lucia Aliberti caressing "O mio babbino caro."

"Vargas is a vocally appealing Duke of Mantua, singing with verve in Questa o quella and with élan in La donna e mobile. In the act one scene from La Traviata, he sings Alfredo with good tone whilst Andrea Rost essays her … coloratura flexibility in Sempre libera…. The Falstaff excerpts are acted out to the full, with the help of a couple of stage props … [and] superbly sung. It would have been great to have had Terfel present as Falstaff, but in the joy and exhilaration of these scintillatingly performed extracts … he was not missed unduly…. The playing of the Berlin Philharmonic is of the highest standard and their luxuriant sound is well caught. An excellent balance is maintained between them and the singers."—MusicWeb International

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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 (DVD-Audio)
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Claudio Abbado, conductor.
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon.   Format: DVD. UPC: 028946954096.  Daedalus Item Code: 25009
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