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Opera 2012
     

Opera 2012

by Roberto Alagna
 
The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano

Overview

The selections from Opera 2012 are drawn from Decca's huge archive of recordings spanning over 50 years. The majority of the singers were active in 2012, but there is a healthy sampling of performances that date as far back as the 1950s. There's also a handful of artists who had fairly recently emerged as international stars in 2012, including soprano Mojca Erdmann, mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, and tenor Joseph Calleja. The selections trend toward the soothing or the poignant, although there are exceptions, such as the fiery "Di quella pira" from "Il Trovatore" and "Ride of the Valkyries" from "Die Walküre." Most of the selections are solos, but there are several small ensembles as well as an assortment of choruses. By far, the majority of the pieces come from works from the standard repertoire of the Romantic and post-Romantic eras, although the Classical period is represented by Mozart, and the Baroque by Purcell, along with some rarities by Handel and Vivaldi. With such an extensive resource of recordings, the tracks Decca has chosen for this recording are never less than excellent. The sound improves with the more recent recordings, but even the earliest are very good. The album makes a good choice for anyone looking for an introduction to opera, or anyone interested in a miscellaneous collection of stellar singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947836414
catalogNumber:
001675802
Rank:
162302

Tracks

  1. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries)
  2. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol
  3. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide
  4. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù
  5. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden
  6. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act 1. Gli arredi festivi
  7. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso
  8. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 3. La mamma morta
  9. La sonnambula, opera: Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero
  10. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil
  11. Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nuns' Chorus
  12. Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì
  13. Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Volati, Amori
  14. Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia
  15. La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle
  16. La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla
  17. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth
  18. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara!
  19. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Porgi, amor
  20. La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Amici miei
  21. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (East
  22. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio
  23. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse
  24. Faust, opera: Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me v
  25. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene?
  26. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Soave sia il vento
  27. Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci
  28. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar
  29. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's
  30. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome
  31. Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questo o quella
  32. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  33. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra
  34. Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto
  35. Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle
  36. Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena
  37. Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio
  38. I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Act 1. Oh! quante volte
  39. Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira
  40. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Voi che sapete

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