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Masters of the Voice: Tenor
     

Masters of the Voice: Tenor

 
It's great when an album lives up to its name. A few idiosyncrasies aside, Masters of the Voice: Tenor is a great survey of tenor singing, touching on as many of the great singers from the past 40 years as is possible on a two-disc set. The big names, like Domingo, Pavarotti, and Carreras

Overview

It's great when an album lives up to its name. A few idiosyncrasies aside, Masters of the Voice: Tenor is a great survey of tenor singing, touching on as many of the great singers from the past 40 years as is possible on a two-disc set. The big names, like Domingo, Pavarotti, and Carreras, are of course well represented, but so are a number of less bankable names, like Jon Vickers, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, René Kollo, and James McCracken, whose presence makes the collection much more representative. The music is nicely varied also; although most of the selections are operatic chestnuts, you'll also find "Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi" from Monteverdi's "L'Orfeo," "If With All Your Hearts" from Mendelssohn's "Elijah," and "Now the Great Bear and Pleiades" from Britten's "Peter Grimes," just to keep things interesting. Best of all, most of the singers on Masters of the Voice: Tenor are captured at their best, unlike some collections that are assembled from cutting-room leavings. The one real oddity: countertenor Andreas Scholl singing "Che faro senza Euridice?" from Gluck's "Orfeo." Although the brief notes in the package make a passing attempt to link the tenor and countertenor singing traditions, the inclusion seems like a jarring afterthought. And a note to the producers: more Jussi Björling, please. Anyone looking for a good sampler of tenors should definitely check this album out, and even operatic diehards may enjoy it as a collection of greatest hits. It's a fun listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028947617532
catalogNumber:
000228702

Tracks

  1. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile
  2. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Un furtiva lagrima
  3. Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Nein, länger trag' ich nicht die Quälen... Durch d
  4. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Non mi lasciar...Corriam! Voliam!...O muto asil
  5. Martha, opera: Ach, so fromm
  6. La fille du régiment, opera: Ah! mes amia, quel jour de fête!
  7. La fille du régiment, opera: Le camarade est amoureux!
  8. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Gott! Welch' Dunkel hier!
  9. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: In des Lebens Frühlingstagen
  10. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Il mio tesoro
  11. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  12. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fù
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice?
  14. La favola d'Orfeo, opera, SV 318: Vi ricorda, o boschi ombrosi
  15. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Comfort ye, My people
  16. Messiah, oratorio, HWV 56: Ev'ry valley shall be exalted
  17. Le Roi d'Ys, opera in 3 acts: Puisqu'on ne peut fléchir ces jalouses gardiennes
  18. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma
  19. Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida
  20. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina
  21. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Vois ma misère, hélas!
  22. La Juive, opera: Rachel, quand du Seigneur
  23. Pagliacci, opera: Vesti la giubba
  24. Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco
  25. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio
  26. Elijah (Elias), oratorio, Op. 70: Ye people, rend your hearts...If with all your hea
  27. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond
  28. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Morgenlich leuchtend in rosigem Schein (Prize Song
  29. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller?
  30. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
  31. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Viva il vino spumeggiante (Brindisi)
  32. L'Arlesiana, opera: È la solita storia del pastore (Lamento di Federic
  33. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: O Vaterland...Da geh' ich zu Maxim
  34. Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Di rigori armato il seno
  35. Peter Grimes, opera, Op. 33: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades
  36. The Rake's Progress, opera in 3 acts: Here I Stand
  37. West Side Story, musical: Maria

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