40 Most Beautiful Arias

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
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: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646968961
  • Catalog Number: 447164
  • Sales rank: 376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma! - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (3:25)
  2. 2 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) - Georges Bizet & Julia Migenes-Johnson (4:17)
  3. 3 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima (excerpt) - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Alagna (4:19)
  4. 4 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Georges Bizet (5:05)
  5. 5 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (excerpt) - Georges Bizet & Jerry Hadley (4:09)
  6. 6 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & Lausanne Chamber Orchestra (3:36)
  7. 7 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Whan I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament) - Henry Purcell & William Christie (3:55)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (2:56)
  9. 9 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Jules Bastin (3:09)
  10. 10 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (excerpt) - Colin Davis & Camille Saint-Saëns (3:19)
  11. 11 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller - Jules Massenet & Jerry Hadley (2:24)
  12. 12 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Leech (2:20)
  13. 13 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon - Prague Symphony Orchestra & Antonin Dvorák (6:05)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Munich Radio Orchestra (4:29)
  15. 15 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (2:34)
  16. 16 La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici - Giuseppe Verdi & Edita Gruberová (2:58)
  17. 17 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (3:06)
  18. 18 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & José Carreras (4:21)
  19. 19 La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi - Giacomo Puccini & James Conlon (5:32)
  20. 20 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & José Carreras (4:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Munich Radio Orchestra (2:31)
  2. 2 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Munich Radio Orchestra (3:42)
  3. 3 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle, excerpt) - Jacques Offenbach & Jesús López-Cobos (2:31)
  4. 4 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song) - Georges Bizet & Plácido Domingo (4:04)
  5. 5 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:41)
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: Un di felice - Giuseppe Verdi & Edita Gruberová (3:09)
  7. 7 Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet) - Léo Delibes & Jesús López-Cobos (4:38)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Pongi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (4:08)
  9. 9 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Dalla sua pace - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Hans Peter Blochwitz (4:40)
  10. 10 Norma, opera: Casta diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Maria Callas (6:53)
  11. 11 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga (excerpt) - George Frideric Handel & Marilyn Horne (4:35)
  12. 12 Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Che faró senza Euridice) - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Harry Bicket (4:24)
  13. 13 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Bei Männern, weiche Liebe fühlen - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & William Christie (2:57)
  14. 14 Aida, opera: Celesta Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (4:43)
  15. 15 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (2:56)
  16. 16 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta - Umberto Giordano & Plácido Domingo (2:11)
  17. 17 Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja-Lied - Franz Lehár & London Philharmonic Orchestra (4:53)
  18. 18 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (2:53)
  19. 19 Otello, opera: Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & Munich Radio Orchestra (4:46)
  20. 20 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Non più mesta - Gioachino Rossini & Jennifer Larmore (3:10)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Arias ever!

    I am still learning to enjoy and understand Arias, and I got this CD, and I believe it is beautiful, the performances are great, there are pieces that are so touching, they are going to move your heart and soul! This CD is a MUST. I am still playing this work over and over, I cannot get over, they are beatiful...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    40 beautiful arias

    It is a most relaxing and enjoyable set of CDs. perfect for a sunday afternoon by the fire.

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