100 Best Opera Classics

100 Best Opera Classics

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100 Best Opera Classics, a six-CD set, includes nearly eight hours of some of the most popular music from opera's golden age, from the late eighteenth century through the early 20th century. The selections are drawn from the archives of EMI, and although these might not necessarily be THE definitive interpretations of these pieces, it can be assumed that most

Overview

100 Best Opera Classics, a six-CD set, includes nearly eight hours of some of the most popular music from opera's golden age, from the late eighteenth century through the early 20th century. The selections are drawn from the archives of EMI, and although these might not necessarily be THE definitive interpretations of these pieces, it can be assumed that most all of the performances here meet a high artistic standard. The sound can vary, because the recording dates range from 1955 to 2003, with the majority from the 1960s, but it is often very good, and always at least respectable. The pieces come largely from the standard Italian, German, and French repertoire, with Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Massenet, and Puccini being the best represented composers. The rarities come almost entirely from neglected French repertoire, with selections from obscure operas by Berlioz, Auber, Adam, Bizet, Massenet, and Lalo. While there are some performances by singers of small reputation, the majority are by stars that anyone with a glancing familiarity with opera would recognize -- Callas, Caballé, Nilsson, Scotto, Schwarzkopf, Sills, Crespin, Ludwig, Corelli, Gedda, Pavarotti, Domingo, Fischer-Dieskau, Christoff -- to name just a few. The conductors, too, are generally top-notch, and include Beecham, Klemperer, von Karajan, Schippers, Haitink, Norrington, and Levine. The variety of repertoire, the quality of performances, and EMI's budget price make this a set that should interest listeners looking for a broad assortment of operatic classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2005
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724358621129
catalogNumber:
862112
Rank:
102965

Tracks

  1. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor
  3. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh, vieni alla finestra
  4. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto
  5. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache
  6. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: O Isis und Osiris
  7. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari...Come scoglio
  8. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: La calunnia è un venticello
  9. Don Carlo, opera: Nei giardin del bello
  10. Norma, opera: Casta Diva
  11. Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier...Celeste Aida
  12. La Traviata, opera: Tenesta la promessa...Addio del passato
  13. Otello, opera: Niun mi tema
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo
  15. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
  16. La bohème, opera: Si, mi chiamano Mimi
  17. Manon Lescaut, opera: In quelle trine morbide
  18. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta
  19. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar...Vesti la giubba
  20. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta di non amar
  21. Faust, opera: Le veau d'or est toujours debout
  22. Lakmé, opera: Où va la jeune hindoue?
  23. Roméo et Juliette, opera: L'amour, l'amour...Ah! Lève-toi, soleil
  24. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Allons! Il le faut...Adieu notre petite table
  25. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Toute mon âme est là...Pourquoi me réveiller
  26. La Jolie Fille de Perth, opera in 4 acts: Quand la flamme de l'amour
  27. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle
  28. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: À cette voix...Je crois entendre encore
  29. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Une puce gentille
  30. Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a: Je vais mourir...Adieu, fière cité
  31. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
  32. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung...O du mein holder Abendstern
  33. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an?
  34. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: In fernem Land
  35. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Heil dir, Sonnet
  36. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise
  37. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice?
  38. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  39. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino
  40. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono
  41. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Abscheulicher!
  42. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Ne m'abandonne pas, espoir de la vengeance...Asile
  43. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum
  44. Don Carlo, opera: Ella giammai m'amò
  45. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile
  46. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira
  47. Otello, opera: Esultate!
  48. Otello, opera: Dio! mi potevi scagliar
  49. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore
  50. Turandot, opera: In questa reggia
  51. Turandot, opera: Tanto amore
  52. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  53. L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Ed anche Beppe amo
  54. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Poveri fiori
  55. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel di di maggio
  56. Faust, opera: Les grands seigneurs...Ah! Je ris de me voir si be
  57. Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, opera in 3 acts: Marie, avec l'enfant Jésus
  58. Mireille, opera: Heureux petit berger
  59. Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Connais-tu le pays
  60. Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Elle ne croyait pas dans sa candeur
  61. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre...Toréador
  62. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Les oiseaux dans la charmille
  63. La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Maintenant, chantons...Devant la maison de celui q
  64. Louise, opera: Depuis le jour
  65. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Da geht er hin
  66. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Einsam in trüben Tagen
  67. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich, teure Halle
  68. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind
  69. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Hojotoho! Hojotoho!
  70. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai
  71. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano
  72. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Duo: Pa-pa-pa
  73. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento
  74. Norma, opera: Mira, o Norma
  75. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono
  76. Don Pasquale, opera: Com'è gentil
  77. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa
  78. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo n' lieti calici
  79. Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier Maldè!...Caro nome
  80. Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor
  81. Otello, opera: Ave Maria
  82. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma
  83. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina
  84. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
  85. Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, opera: Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire
  86. La Muette de Portici, opera: Mieux vaut mourir...Amour sacré de la partrie
  87. Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve
  88. Le Roi d'Ys, opera in 3 acts: Puisqu'on me peut fléchir...Vainement, ma bien-aim
  89. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Suis-je gentille ainsi?...Je marche sur tous les c
  90. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
  91. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  92. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: C'est toi!...Au fond du temple saint
  93. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Werther, Werther, qui m'aurait dit..Ces lettres!
  94. Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika
  95. Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Ah! Je suis seule enfin...Dis-moi que je suis bell
  96. Faust, opera: Alerte, alerte!...Anges purs, anges radieux
  97. Boris Godunov, opera: Boris's Farewell
  98. Oberon, opera, J. 306: Schreckensschwurt
  99. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Die "Selige Morgentraum-Deutweise"...Selig, wie di
  100. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Was am besten er kann...Nothung! Nothung!

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