100 Best Opera Classics

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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  • Release Date: 2/15/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724358621129
  • Catalog Number: 862112
  • Sales rank: 254,302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (2:49)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (4:15)
  3. 3 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Deh, vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bernard Haitink (2:02)
  4. 4 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Elizabeth Gale (3:52)
  5. 5 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Hölle Rache - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (2:56)
  6. 6 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: O Isis und Osiris - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Cornelius Hauptmann (3:12)
  7. 7 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari...Come scoglio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karl Bohm (5:52)
  8. 8 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: La calunnia è un venticello - Gioachino Rossini & James Levine (4:54)
  9. 9 Don Carlo, opera: Nei giardin del bello - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (4:56)
  10. 10 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Maria Callas (5:33)
  11. 11 Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier...Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Franco Corelli (4:41)
  12. 12 La Traviata, opera: Tenesta la promessa...Addio del passato - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (5:43)
  13. 13 Otello, opera: Niun mi tema - Giuseppe Verdi & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (6:01)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & John Barbirolli (4:38)
  15. 15 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (2:53)
  16. 16 La bohème, opera: Si, mi chiamano Mimi - Giacomo Puccini & Mirella Freni (4:53)
  17. 17 Manon Lescaut, opera: In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Bruno Bartoletti (2:16)
  18. 18 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Myung-Whun Chung (2:37)
  19. 19 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar...Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & José Carreras (3:44)
  20. 20 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta di non amar - Umberto Giordano & Roberto Alagna (1:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Faust, opera: Le veau d'or est toujours debout - Charles Gounod & Boris Christoff (2:03)
  2. 2 Lakmé, opera: Où va la jeune hindoue? - Léo Delibes & Alain Lombard (6:30)
  3. 3 Roméo et Juliette, opera: L'amour, l'amour...Ah! Lève-toi, soleil - Charles Gounod & Alfredo Kraus (4:19)
  4. 4 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Allons! Il le faut...Adieu notre petite table - Jules Massenet & Ileana Cotrubas (3:51)
  5. 5 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Toute mon âme est là...Pourquoi me réveiller - Jules Massenet & Nicolai Gedda (2:36)
  6. 6 La Jolie Fille de Perth, opera in 4 acts: Quand la flamme de l'amour - Georges Bizet & José van Dam (4:57)
  7. 7 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle - Georges Bizet & Thomas Beecham (4:35)
  8. 8 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: À cette voix...Je crois entendre encore - Georges Bizet & Paris National Opera Orchestra (4:32)
  9. 9 La Damnation de Faust, for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, bass, chorus and orchestra, ("légende dramatique") H. 111 (Op. 24): Une puce gentille - Hector Berlioz & Gabriel Bacquier (1:25)
  10. 10 Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a: Je vais mourir...Adieu, fière cité - Hector Berlioz & Régine Crespin (6:01)
  11. 11 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Camille Saint-Saëns & Rita Gorr (5:17)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung...O du mein holder Abendstern - Richard Wagner & Berlin State Opera Orchestra (4:16)
  13. 13 Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Johohoe! Traft ihr das Schiff im Meere an? - Otto Klemperer & Richard Wagner (8:13)
  14. 14 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: In fernem Land - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:43)
  15. 15 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Heil dir, Sonnet - Richard Wagner & Bernard Haitink (5:17)
  16. 16 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (7:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice? - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Agnes Baltsa (5:27)
  2. 2 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (2:36)
  3. 3 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino - Otto Klemperer & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1:27)
  4. 4 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & English Chamber Orchestra (6:27)
  5. 5 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Abscheulicher! - Otto Klemperer & Ludwig van Beethoven (8:18)
  6. 6 Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Ne m'abandonne pas, espoir de la vengeance...Asile - Gioachino Rossini & Lamberto Gardelli (6:59)
  7. 7 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum - Gioachino Rossini & Alceo Galliera (4:43)
  8. 8 Don Carlo, opera: Ella giammai m'amò - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (7:32)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Alfredo Kraus (2:15)
  10. 10 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Franco Corelli (2:02)
  11. 11 Otello, opera: Esultate! - Giuseppe Verdi & John Barbirolli (2:25)
  12. 12 Otello, opera: Dio! mi potevi scagliar - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (4:40)
  13. 13 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore - Maria Callas & Giacomo Puccini (3:01)
  14. 14 Turandot, opera: In questa reggia - Giacomo Puccini & Ghena Dimitrova (5:58)
  15. 15 Turandot, opera: Tanto amore - Giacomo Puccini & Janine Micheau (2:22)
  16. 16 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:41)
  17. 17 L' amico Fritz, opera (commedia lyrica) in 3 acts: Ed anche Beppe amo - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (3:17)
  18. 18 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: Poveri fiori - Francesco Cilèa & Maria Callas (3:12)
  19. 19 Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel di di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Roberto Alagna (3:03)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Faust, opera: Les grands seigneurs...Ah! Je ris de me voir si be - Charles Gounod & André Cluytens (5:51)
  2. 2 Le jongleur de Notre-Dame, opera in 3 acts: Marie, avec l'enfant Jésus - Roger Boutry & Jules Massenet (5:31)
  3. 3 Mireille, opera: Heureux petit berger - Charles Gounod & Janine Micheau (2:06)
  4. 4 Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Connais-tu le pays - Ambroise Thomas & Jean-Claude Hartemann (5:40)
  5. 5 Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Elle ne croyait pas dans sa candeur - Ambroise Thomas & Nicolai Gedda (3:32)
  6. 6 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre...Toréador - Georges Bizet & Thomas Beecham (4:56)
  7. 7 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Les oiseaux dans la charmille - Jacques Offenbach & Jean-Pierre Marty (5:48)
  8. 8 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 - Hector Berlioz & Paris National Opera Orchestra (2:17)
  9. 9 Louise, opera: Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Paris National Opera Orchestra (5:34)
  10. 10 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Da geht er hin - Richard Strauss & Herbert von Karajan (5:23)
  11. 11 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Einsam in trüben Tagen - Richard Wagner & Régine Crespin (6:02)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich, teure Halle - Richard Wagner & Hildegard Behrens (4:45)
  13. 13 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Leb wohl, du kühnes, herrliches Kind - Richard Wagner & Rafael Kubelik (15:42)
  14. 14 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Hojotoho! Hojotoho! - Richard Wagner & Ruth Falcon (5:55)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:41)
  2. 2 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Carlo Maria Giulini (3:15)
  3. 3 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Duo: Pa-pa-pa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Classical Players (2:23)
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Desderi (3:04)
  5. 5 Norma, opera: Mira, o Norma - Vicenzo Bellini & Maria Callas (7:29)
  6. 6 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono - Gaetano Donizetti & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (16:44)
  7. 7 Don Pasquale, opera: Com'è gentil - Gaetano Donizetti & Sarah Caldwell (3:51)
  8. 8 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa - Maria Callas & Gioachino Rossini (6:19)
  9. 9 La Traviata, opera: Libiamo n' lieti calici - Giuseppe Verdi & Alfredo Kraus (2:52)
  10. 10 Rigoletto, opera: Gualtier Maldè!...Caro nome - Giuseppe Verdi & La Scala Theater Chorus (6:42)
  11. 11 Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor - Giuseppe Verdi & Zubin Mehta (6:25)
  12. 12 Otello, opera: Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & La Scala Theater Orchestra (5:13)
  13. 13 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Corelli (2:50)
  14. 14 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Nicolai Gedda (4:28)
  15. 15 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Barbara Hendricks (4:20)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, opera: Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire - Adolphe Adam & Nicolai Gedda (3:46)
  2. 2 La Muette de Portici, opera: Mieux vaut mourir...Amour sacré de la partrie - Daniel-François-Esprit Auber & Alfredo Kraus (5:46)
  3. 3 Roméo et Juliette, opera: Ah! Je veux vivre dans ce rêve - Charles Gounod & Jean-Pierre Marty (3:51)
  4. 4 Le Roi d'Ys, opera in 3 acts: Puisqu'on me peut fléchir...Vainement, ma bien-aim - Edouard Lalo & ORTF Chorus (3:28)
  5. 5 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Suis-je gentille ainsi?...Je marche sur tous les c - Jules Massenet & June Anderson (3:04)
  6. 6 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour - Jacques Offenbach & Sylvain Cambreling (4:20)
  7. 7 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Georges Bizet & José Carreras (4:27)
  8. 8 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: C'est toi!...Au fond du temple saint - Georges Bizet & John Aler (7:28)
  9. 9 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Werther, Werther, qui m'aurait dit..Ces lettres! - Jules Massenet & London Philharmonic Orchestra (7:28)
  10. 10 Lakmé, opera: Viens, Mallika - Léo Delibes & Alain Lombard (5:53)
  11. 11 Thaïs, lyric comedy in 3 acts: Ah! Je suis seule enfin...Dis-moi que je suis bell - Jules Massenet & New Philharmonia Orchestra (6:42)
  12. 12 Faust, opera: Alerte, alerte!...Anges purs, anges radieux - Charles Gounod & Nicolai Ghiaurov (2:31)
  13. 13 Boris Godunov, opera: Boris's Farewell - Boris Christoff & Modest Mussorgsky (5:59)
  14. 14 Oberon, opera, J. 306: Schreckensschwurt - Carl Maria von Weber & James Conlon (2:12)
  15. 15 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Die "Selige Morgentraum-Deutweise"...Selig, wie di - René Kollo & Richard Wagner (5:32)
  16. 16 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Was am besten er kann...Nothung! Nothung! - Richard Wagner & Peter Haage (5:52)
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