40 Most Beautiful Arias

40 Most Beautiful Arias

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As an introduction to opera that really covers the basics, Warner's 40 Most Beautiful Arias is a terrific package to give to beginners, though aficionados of the vocal arts may find some sparkling gems here, too. The selections are drawn from the most popular works in the repertoire, such as "Le nozze di Figaro," "Carmen," "La bohème," and "La Traviata," andSee more details below

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As an introduction to opera that really covers the basics, Warner's 40 Most Beautiful Arias is a terrific package to give to beginners, though aficionados of the vocal arts may find some sparkling gems here, too. The selections are drawn from the most popular works in the repertoire, such as "Le nozze di Figaro," "Carmen," "La bohème," and "La Traviata," and examples from the operas of Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, and other masters of the genre combine to make this a well-rounded and satisfying program. The performers are representative of the best in the field, and such world-renowned stars as Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Barbara Hendricks, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, and Jennifer Larmore, among many other great singers, lend this double-disc compilation an attractive luster. About the only complaint that can be made about this collection is the occasional variability of sound quality, which is usually clear and present, but sometimes a bit distant or out of balance; this can be expected in any survey of performances recorded on various dates between 1950 and 2001, with analog or digital reproduction, and at numerous venues from around the globe. But this really takes nothing away from the many musical riches this twofer offers, and most listeners will find the best-sounding arias outweigh the problems of the few hazy historical tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646968961
catalogNumber:
447164
Rank:
18524

Tracks

  1. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma!  - Giacomo Puccini  - Plácido Domingo  - Nello Santi  -  Deutschen Opernorchester  - Paul Moseley
  2. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)  - Georges Bizet  - Julia Migenes  -  Orchestre National de France  - Paul Moseley  - Lorin Maazel
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima (excerpt)  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Roberto Alagna  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Marcello Viotti  - Paul Moseley
  4. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante  - Georges Bizet  - Giuseppe Sinopoli  -  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra  - Angela Gheorghiu  - Paul Moseley
  5. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (excerpt)  - Georges Bizet  - Jerry Hadley  - Thomas Hampson  -  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  - Carlo Rizzi  - Paul Moseley
  6. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu  - George Frideric Handel  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Jesús López-Cobos  - Jennifer Larmore  - Paul Moseley
  7. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Whan I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)  - Henry Purcell  - William Christie  - Véronique Gens  - Paul Moseley  -  Les Arts Florissants
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Daniel Barenboim  - Cecilia Bartoli  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Paul Moseley
  9. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Jules Bastin  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Alain Lombard  -  Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg  - Frederica Von Stade  - Paul Moseley
  10. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (excerpt)  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Colin Davis  - Olga Borodina  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Jose Cura  - Paul Moseley
  11. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller  - Jules Massenet  - Jerry Hadley  - Kent Nagano  - Anne Sofie von Otter  - Paul Moseley
  12. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Richard Leech  -  Welsh National Opera Orchestra  - Carlo Rizzi  - Paul Moseley
  13. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon  - Antonin Dvorák  -  Prague Symphony Orchestra  - Ondrej Lenard  - Eva Urbanova  - Paul Moseley
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Maurizio Barbacini  - Cristina Gallardo-Domas  - Paul Moseley
  15. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai  - Giacomo Puccini  - Plácido Domingo  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Jose Cura  - Paul Moseley
  16. La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Edita Gruberová  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Carlo Rizzi  - Neil Shicoff  - Paul Moseley
  17. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte  - Giacomo Puccini  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Kent Nagano  - Paul Moseley
  18. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - James Conlon  -  Orchestre National de France  - Paul Moseley
  19. La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi  - Giacomo Puccini  - James Conlon  - Barbara Hendricks  -  Orchestre National de France  - Paul Moseley
  20. La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla  - Giacomo Puccini  - José Carreras  - James Conlon  - Barbara Hendricks  -  Orchestre National de France  - Paul Moseley
  21. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Maurizio Barbacini  - Cristina Gallardo-Domas  - Paul Moseley
  22. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana  - Alfredo Catalani  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Maurizio Barbacini  - Cristina Gallardo-Domas  - Paul Moseley
  23. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle, excerpt)  - Jacques Offenbach  - Jesús López-Cobos  - Hei-Kyung Hong  - Jennifer Larmore  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Paul Moseley
  24. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song)  - Georges Bizet  - Plácido Domingo  -  Orchestre National de France  - Paul Moseley  - Lorin Maazel
  25. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!  - Giacomo Puccini  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Kent Nagano  - Paul Moseley
  26. La Traviata, opera: Un di felice  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Edita Gruberová  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Carlo Rizzi  - Neil Shicoff  - Paul Moseley
  27. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet)  - Léo Delibes  - Jesús López-Cobos  - Hei-Kyung Hong  - Jennifer Larmore  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Paul Moseley
  28. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Pongi amor  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Daniel Barenboim  -  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  - Lella Cuberli  - Paul Moseley
  29. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Dalla sua pace  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - Hans Peter Blochwitz  -  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam  - Nikolaus Harnoncourt  - Paul Moseley
  30. Norma, opera: Casta diva  - Vicenzo Bellini  - Maria Callas  - Arturo Basile  -  RAI Symphony Orchestra, Turin  - Paul Moseley
  31. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga (excerpt)  - George Frideric Handel  - Marilyn Horne  -  I Solisti Veneti  - Claudio Scimone  - Paul Moseley
  32. Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Che faró senza Euridice)  - Harry Bicket  - Christoph Willibald Gluck  - Susan Graham  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Paul Moseley
  33. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Bei Männern, weiche Liebe fühlen  - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  - William Christie  - Rosa Mannion  - Anton Scharinger  - Paul Moseley  -  Les Arts Florissants
  34. Aida, opera: Celesta Aida  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Plácido Domingo  - Nello Santi  -  Deutschen Opernorchester  - Paul Moseley
  35. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  - Giacomo Puccini  - Kiri Te Kanawa  - Kent Nagano  - Paul Moseley
  36. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta  - Umberto Giordano  - Plácido Domingo  - Nello Santi  -  Deutschen Opernorchester  - Paul Moseley
  37. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja-Lied  - Franz Lehár  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Karita Mattila  - Yutaka Sado  - Paul Moseley
  38. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle  - Giacomo Puccini  - Plácido Domingo  - Zubin Mehta  -  RAI Orchestra, Rome  - Paul Moseley
  39. Otello, opera: Ave Maria  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Munich Radio Orchestra  - Maurizio Barbacini  - Cristina Gallardo-Domas  - Paul Moseley
  40. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Non più mesta  - Gioachino Rossini  - Jennifer Larmore  -  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra  - Carlo Rizzi  -  Royal Opera House Chorus Covent Garden  - Paul Moseley

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