Verdi - La forza del Destino Overture
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Georg Solti
(Original review from 2/50)
A first-rate recording: tonally, the best I remember. The paces are a trifle on the fast side here and there, and there might be a little more empressement in the treatment of an air like the Holy Virgin. It is a deft, well balanced work, admirable in the general aural appeal. One may meditate privately upon the tragedy which is but slightly suggested in the overture. The music (1862) is especially interesting to those who know something of the half dozen later works: Macbeth (the revised form), Don Carlos, and the last marvellous three, with the addition of another revision, that of Simon Boccanegra.