Escape Through Opera

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In two discs containing more than 150 mintues of music, you'll get your fill of old-favorite arias. Take, for example, these chestnuts by Puccini: "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, or "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca. But there are plenty of deserving arias included, too, that don't quite rise to the stellar heights of Puccini's greatest hits. Wagner, Charpentier, Bellini, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Handel, and many other composers share in the lineup. Beginning with Verdi's prelude to La Traviata and its opening ethereal, high chords -- those tender augurs of Violetta's eventual doom -- Escape Through Opera offers great voices -- from Luciano Pavarotti to Karita Mattila -- singing great ...
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Editorial Reviews

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In two discs containing more than 150 mintues of music, you'll get your fill of old-favorite arias. Take, for example, these chestnuts by Puccini: "Nessun dorma" from Turandot, "O mio babbino caro" from Gianni Schicchi, or "Vissi d'arte" from Tosca. But there are plenty of deserving arias included, too, that don't quite rise to the stellar heights of Puccini's greatest hits. Wagner, Charpentier, Bellini, Saint-Saens, Mozart, Handel, and many other composers share in the lineup. Beginning with Verdi's prelude to La Traviata and its opening ethereal, high chords -- those tender augurs of Violetta's eventual doom -- Escape Through Opera offers great voices -- from Luciano Pavarotti to Karita Mattila -- singing great music. A fine choice for those in search of a high-quality opera sampler.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2001
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998937024
  • Catalog Number: 89370

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Traviata, opera: Prelude to Act 1 - Giuseppe Verdi & Columbia Symphony Orchestra (3:59)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byThomas Schippers
    Performed byColumbia Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Schippers
  2. 2 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & James Conlon (2:17)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJames Conlon
    Performed byJames Conlon, Ying Huang, London Symphony Orchestra
  3. 3 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & John DeMain (2:46)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn DeMain
    Performed byJohn DeMain, Plácido Domingo, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Orchestra
  4. 4 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & James Conlon (2:40)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJames Conlon
    Performed byJames Conlon, Ying Huang, London Symphony Orchestra
  5. 5 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habenera - Georges Bizet & Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (3:21)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted byGeorges Sebastian
    Performed byMetropolitan Opera Orchestra, Georges Sebastian, Risë Stevens
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Sull' aria..Che Soave Zeffiretto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karita Mattila (2:59)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byKarita Mattila, Marie McLaughlin, Zubin Mehta, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
  7. 7 La rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (3:07)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byGianandrea Gavazzeni
    Performed byGianandrea Gavazzeni, London Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto
  8. 8 Cavalleria rusticana, opera in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & John Georgiadis (2:57)
    Composed byPietro Mascagni
    Conducted byJohn Georgiadis
    Performed byJohn Georgiadis, London Symphony Orchestra
  9. 9 Tosca, opera: Vissi D'Arte - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (3:33)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Pritchard
    Performed byKiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard
  10. 10 Aida, opera: Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Vienna State Opera Orchestra (4:33)
    Composed byGiuseppe Verdi
    Conducted byNello Santi
    Performed byVienna State Opera Orchestra, Nello Santi, Richard Tucker
  11. 11 Martha, opera: M'appari tutt'amor - Friedrich von Flotow & Emil Cooper (3:02)
    Composed byFriedrich von Flotow
    Conducted byEmil Cooper
    Performed byEmil Cooper, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Richard Tucker
  12. 12 Prince Igor, opera (completed by Rimsky-Korsakov & Glazunov): Polovtaian Dances - Alexander Borodin & Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (2:25)
    Composed byAlexander Borodin
    Conducted byAndrew Davis
    Performed byToronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis
  13. 13 Fantasy on a Theme from "Hänsel und Gretel" for orchestra: Children's Prayer - Engelbert Humperdinck & Children's Chorus of Cologne Opera (2:33)
    Composed byEngelbert Humperdinck
    Conducted byJohn Pritchard
    Performed byChildren's Chorus of Cologne Opera, Ileana Cotrubas, Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne, John Pritchard, Frederica Von Stade
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus - Giacomo Puccini & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (3:14)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byLorin Maazel
    Performed byAmbrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthy, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Lorin Maazel
  15. 15 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Welsh National Opera Orchestra (4:48)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Conducted byCarlo Rizzi
    Performed byWelsh National Opera Orchestra, Carlo Rizzi, Marcelo Álvarez
  16. 16 Méditation (from opera "Thäis"), violin & orchestra version and various arrangements - Jules Massenet & Kazuhiro Koizumi (4:42)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byKazuhiro Koizumi
    Performed byKazuhiro Koizumi, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
  17. 17 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song - Georges Bizet & Pierre Dervaux (3:53)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted byPierre Dervaux
    Performed byPierre Dervaux, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Richard Tucker
  18. 18 Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & New York Philharmonic (2:40)
    Composed byJacques Offenbach
    Conducted byAndré Kostelanetz
    Performed byNew York Philharmonic, André Kostelanetz
  19. 19 La bohème, opera: Si, mi chiamano Mimi - Giacomo Puccini & Ileana Cotrubas (5:22)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Pritchard
    Performed byIleana Cotrubas, New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Pritchard
  20. 20 Faust, opera: Avant de quitter ces lieux - Charles Gounod & James Conlon (3:24)
    Composed byCharles Gounod
    Conducted byJames Conlon
    Performed byJames Conlon, English National Opera Orchestra
  21. 21 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta - Umberto Giordano & Emerson Buckley (1:51)
    Composed byUmberto Giordano
    Conducted byEmerson Buckley
    Performed byEmerson Buckley, Luciano Pavarotti
  22. 22 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Prendi, per me sei libero - Gaetano Donizetti & Charles Mackerras (3:42)
    Composed byGaetano Donizetti
    Conducted byCharles Mackerras
    Performed byCharles Mackerras, Andrea Rost, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  23. 23 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu - George Frideric Handel & La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (2:46)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byJean-Claude Malgoire
    Performed byLa Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Carolyn Watkinson
  24. 24 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Le ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Inva Mula-Tchako (3:25)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byEugene Kohn
    Performed byInva Mula-Tchako, Eugene Kohn, Bastille Opera Orchestra, Kwangchul Youn
  25. 25 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Ileana Cotrubas (4:35)
    Composed byGeorge Frideric Handel
    Conducted byJean-Claude Malgoire
    Performed byIleana Cotrubas, La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy, Jean-Claude Malgoire
  26. 26 Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Melody) (from "Orfeo ed Euridice"), various arrangements - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Eugene Ormandy (3:31)
    Composed byChristoph Willibald Gluck
    Conducted byEugene Ormandy
    Performed byEugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra
  27. 27 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, Amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Karita Mattila (4:14)
    Composed byWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conducted byZubin Mehta
    Performed byKarita Mattila, Zubin Mehta, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
  28. 28 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Je crois entendre encore - Georges Bizet & Pierre Dervaux (5:04)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted byPierre Dervaux
    Performed byPierre Dervaux, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Richard Tucker
  29. 29 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Intermezzo - Georges Bizet & Leopold Stokowski (3:08)
    Composed byGeorges Bizet
    Conducted byLeopold Stokowski
    Performed byLeopold Stokowski, National Philharmonic Orchestra
  30. 30 La Wally, opera: Ebben? Ne andro lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (4:04)
    Composed byAlfredo Catalani
    Conducted byGianandrea Gavazzeni
    Performed byGianandrea Gavazzeni, London Symphony Orchestra, Renata Scotto
  31. 31 Manon, opera: Adieu, notre petite table - Jules Massenet & Fausto Cleva (4:20)
    Composed byJules Massenet
    Conducted byFausto Cleva
    Performed byFausto Cleva, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Bidu Sayao
  32. 32 Edgar, opera: Addio, mio dolce amor! - Giacomo Puccini & Opera Orchestra of New York (3:55)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byEve Queler
    Performed byOpera Orchestra of New York, Eve Queler, Renata Scotto
  33. 33 Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Connais-tu le pays? - Ambroise Thomas & London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:31)
    Composed byAmbroise Thomas
    Conducted byJohn Pritchard
    Performed byLondon Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard, Frederica Von Stade
  34. 34 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à te voix - Camille Saint-Saëns & John DeMain (5:47)
    Composed byCamille Saint-Saëns
    Conducted byJohn DeMain
    Performed byJohn DeMain, Plácido Domingo, Denyce Graves, Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Orchestra
  35. 35 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un Bel Di - Giacomo Puccini & Kiri Te Kanawa (4:32)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byJohn Pritchard
    Performed byKiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard
  36. 36 Bianca e Fernando, opera: Borgi o padre a la figlia rimira - Vicenzo Bellini & Jane Eaglen (5:20)
    Composed byVicenzo Bellini
    Conducted byMark Elder
    Performed byJane Eaglen, Mark Elder, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Anne-Marie Owens
  37. 37 Louise, opera: Depuis Le Jour - Gustave Charpentier & Ileana Cotrubas (4:44)
    Composed byGustave Charpentier
    Conducted byGeorges Prêtre
    Performed byIleana Cotrubas, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Georges Prêtre
  38. 38 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung Dammrung deckt die Lande...O du, m - Richard Wagner & James Conlon (4:53)
    Composed byRichard Wagner
    Conducted byJames Conlon
    Performed byJames Conlon, English National Opera Orchestra, Bo Skovhus
  39. 39 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & Emerson Buckley (3:08)
    Composed byGiacomo Puccini
    Conducted byEmerson Buckley
    Performed byEmerson Buckley, Luciano Pavarotti, Emilie Romagna Symphony Orchestra
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