Divas - The Ultimate Album

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
For decades, Decca had the reputation of being "The Opera Label," so when they call a CD The Ultimate Divas Album, you're guaranteed they'll come through on the promise. From legendary singers such as Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, and Kirsten Flagstad to Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Cecilia Bartoli, and other contemporary stars, the greats are here, sopranos and mezzo-sopranos alike. There is one gap: Maria Callas, perhaps the most fascinating diva of the 20th century, but never under contract with Decca. Regardless, this is a parade of great singers and nearly a "greatest hits" of opera arias. Leontyne Price as Tosca, Tatiana Troyanos as Carmen, and Birgit ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
For decades, Decca had the reputation of being "The Opera Label," so when they call a CD The Ultimate Divas Album, you're guaranteed they'll come through on the promise. From legendary singers such as Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland, and Kirsten Flagstad to Renée Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu, Cecilia Bartoli, and other contemporary stars, the greats are here, sopranos and mezzo-sopranos alike. There is one gap: Maria Callas, perhaps the most fascinating diva of the 20th century, but never under contract with Decca. Regardless, this is a parade of great singers and nearly a "greatest hits" of opera arias. Leontyne Price as Tosca, Tatiana Troyanos as Carmen, and Birgit Nilsson as Isolde are just a few of the portrayals excerpted here, along with a stunning sequence of Mozart arias sung by Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, Sumi Jo, and Kathleen Battle. Any way you slice it, The Ultimate Divas Album offers a surplus of musical pleasure.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946059623
  • Catalog Number: 460596
  • Sales rank: 94,793

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Non più mesta - Gioachino Rossini & Cecilia Bartoli (3:11)
  2. 2 L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in ALgiers), opera: Cruda sorte! - Gioachino Rossini & Marilyn Horne (4:53)
  3. 3 La Traviata, opera: Follie! Delirio vano è questo!...Sempre libera - Giuseppe Verdi & Angela Gheorghiu (4:45)
  4. 4 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?...Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Fausto Cleva (4:54)
  5. 5 Andrea Chénier, opera: La mamma morta - Umberto Giordano & Montserrat Caballé (5:17)
  6. 6 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicidio! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Zinka Milanov (4:32)
  7. 7 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel dì - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:39)
  8. 8 Norma, opera: Casta diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (6:34)
  9. 9 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Leontyne Price (3:28)
  10. 10 Otello, opera: Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & Renée Fleming (4:58)
  11. 11 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle) - Georges Bizet & John Alldis Choir (4:20)
  12. 12 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (5:00)
  13. 13 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:59)
  14. 14 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Queen of the Night's Revenge Aria - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:00)
  15. 15 Die Entführung aus dem Serail, opera, K. 384: Durch Zärtlichkeit und Schmeicheln - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:39)
  16. 16 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Du bist der Lenz - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (2:27)
  17. 17 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90 - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:00)
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