Moments of Passion

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In four consecutive World Cup tournaments from 1990 to 2002, the Three Tenors sang to packed stadiums of fans and helped revive interest in live opera, particularly in America. By 2006, though, with José Carreras assuming a lower profile and Luciano Pavarotti battling cancer, the still-sturdy, hard-working Plácido Domingo was the only tenor of the three available for the World Cup in Berlin. That was the raison d'être for this compilation of operatic hits and popular songs from the tenor's huge discography, the only new selection of which is a song written for the World Cup finals by his son, Plácido Domingo, Jr. It's called "Willkommen bei Uns" Welcome -- and cynics ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
In four consecutive World Cup tournaments from 1990 to 2002, the Three Tenors sang to packed stadiums of fans and helped revive interest in live opera, particularly in America. By 2006, though, with José Carreras assuming a lower profile and Luciano Pavarotti battling cancer, the still-sturdy, hard-working Plácido Domingo was the only tenor of the three available for the World Cup in Berlin. That was the raison d'être for this compilation of operatic hits and popular songs from the tenor's huge discography, the only new selection of which is a song written for the World Cup finals by his son, Plácido Domingo, Jr. It's called "Willkommen bei Uns" Welcome -- and cynics might say that this hymn-like multilingual "popera"-style tune with over-the-top orchestral/choral backing is more of a tribute to the power of nepotism than universal brotherhood. Nevertheless, Plácido Sr. gives it all he's got -- and at 65, his voice still has plenty of power left. There are two versions, the longer take of which is less overblown, better paced, and more intelligible. With nothing else in the cupboard, Sony BMG takes listeners through a cross section of recordings that literally span Domingo's long career, many of which were excerpted from complete opera sets. The selections are usually predictable -- the two hit arias from Tosca; the two big ones from Rigoletto; "Celeste Aida"; "Libiamo"; "Vesti la Giubba"; the inevitable "Nessun Dorma!"; two popular Domingo specialties, "Granada" and "Andalucia"; and his curiously mismatched hit with John Denver, "Perhaps Love." Yet there is the occasional surprise choice like Domingo's magnificently sustained take on "Svegliatevi Nel Core" from Handel's Julius Caesar. As useful as this compact overview of Domingo's consistency over the decades is, it shouldn't have been offered at full price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/8/2006
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828768770528
  • Catalog Number: 687705
  • Sales rank: 251,317

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plácido Domingo Primary Artist, Tenor (Vocal)
Maureen McGovern Soprano (Vocal)
John Denver Guitar, Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
James Levine Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Sherrill Milnes Baritone (Vocal)
Luis Cobos Conductor
Montserrat Caballé Soprano (Vocal)
Lee Holdridge Conductor
London Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Bebu Silvetti Conductor
Zubin Mehta Conductor
New Philharmonia Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Georg Solti Conductor
Eugene Kohn Conductor
Paul Plishka Bass
WC Symphony Performing Ensemble
Edward Downes Conductor
Nello Santi Conductor
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Aïnhoa Arteta Soprano (Vocal)
Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Opernchor des Saarländischen Staatstheaters Choir, Chorus
Bastille Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Nina Stemme Soprano (Vocal)
Kwangchul Youn Bass
Inva Mula-Tchako Soprano (Vocal)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus Choir, Chorus
Leonid Grin Conductor
Orchestra Lee Holdridge Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Composer
Giacomo Puccini Composer
Giuseppe Verdi Composer
John Denver Composer
Friedrich von Flotow Composer
Lee Holdridge Arranger, Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Koji Suzuki Engineer
Placido Domingo Jr. Composer, Text
Samantha Domingo Text
Ralf Schnellbach Engineer
Jean Jacques Cesbron Executive Producer
Till Janczukowicz Executive Producer
Thomas Raisig Producer
Uli Weber Cover Photo
Gunther Zielke Adaptation, Text Translation
Kohji Suzuki Engineer
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