An extraordinary recording of Aida by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Vienna Philharmonic and a cast of world renowned soloists. As usual Harnoncourt has thoroughly researched and studied the original scores of the work, in order to recreate as closely as possible the sound Verdi intended. For instance, Verdi required that all performances of Aida used his specially designed ‘Aida trumpets’, but as none of the original instruments could be found, replica instruments were commissioned for the purposes of the recording.
‘It’s a fantastic cast. We know each other very well, we trust each other greatly and we like one another’s work. It’s a wonderful atmosphere, of course galvanised by this driving force of genius called Nikolaus Harnoncourt’ (Thomas Hampson)
‘Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s was truly a ‘dolce Aida’… there was a softness and sweetness to the music that at its best brought a new dimension to the score, and it was this that made the opera sound so different. The best example of the effectiveness of this approach was Matti Salminen’s outstanding Ramfis; the high priest takes on a new level of malevolence when he gently croons his lines, rather than barking them out at a commanding forte.’(Opera News)
‘Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s Aida is the most elegant and polished version of the opera ever recorded, perhaps ever performed. In no other do you hear so much orchestral detail or playing that's buffed to such a gleaming glow.’ (Dan Davis – Amazon Editorial review)
‘Harnoncourt fans will be excited to know that their hero has re-imagined Aida and made it his own by emphasizing crystalline textures (revealing newly-found colours in the score), immaculate Mozartean balances, and shimmering Wagnerian strings.’ (Victor Carr Jr – ClassicsToday.com)