Giuseppe Verdi composed over 30 operas, though only about half of them are still regularly staged. For the latest studio recording with the Philharmonia Zürich, Fabio Luisi has chosen overtures and preludes from Verdi's wohle creative period. Next to popular masterpieces like the overture to «La forza del destino», the selection ranges from the earliest works by Verdi, which strongly remind of Rossini and Donizetti, over exceptional preludes he wrote for «Macebth» or «La traviata» for example, to rarely performed ouvertures such as «I vespri siciliani» or «La battaglia di Legnano». A special highlight on this recording is the long version of the ouverture to «Aida», which is never heard in combination with opera. Furthermore, the ballett music for the French version of «Don Carlos» also found its way onto the album. Thus, the compilation unites pieces that belong to the day-to-day repertoire of the Philharmonia Zurich with those that are also rarities to orchestra musicians.


  1. Aida: Sinfonia (1872)
  2. La Forza del Destino: Sinfonia
  3. Don Carlos: La Peregrina (Ballett Music)
  4. Un Ballo in Maschera: Preludio
  5. I Vespri Siciliani: Sinfonia
  6. La Traviata: Preludio
  7. Stiffelio: Sinfonia
  8. Luisa Miller: Sinfonia
  9. La Battaglia Di Legnano: Sinfonia
  10. Il Corsaro: Preludio
  11. I Masnadieri: Preludio
  12. Macbeth: Preludio
  13. Giovanna D'arco: Sinfonia
  14. Ernani: Preludio
  15. Jérusalem: Preludio
  16. Nabucco: Sinfonia
  17. Un Giorno Di Regno: Sinfonia
  18. Oberto: Sinfonia

Fabio Luisi Dirigent
Philharmonia Zürich

Ouvertures and Preludes

September 2017
Double-CD 127.44 min, DDD stereo
Booklet: German, English, French

CHF 30

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