“To speak nowadays about unperformed works by Giuseppe Verdi seems absurd, since he has enjoyed such uninterrupted popularity and circulation as to make it almost incredible that there should be compositions, however minor, that are still completely unknown. But Verdi was, at least for a certain period of his life, sensitive to the demands of great singers, who could often decree the success or failure of an opera, and, as a mark of recognition, he wrote additional or substitute pieces for several of them — essentially the pieces presented here. In contrast, the orchestral pieces included here were put aside by the composer and were not included in the final editions of the works for which they were conceived. It is now difficult to establish with certainty the reasons which led Verdi to make these substitutions oromissions: it can however be presumed that they were discarded due to dramatic rather than musical considerations.” From the liner notes by Pietro Spada
Verdi: Rarities- Attila - Oh Dolore!