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Opera 2012

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2012
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947836414
  • Catalog Number: 001675802
  • Sales rank: 32,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Lyon National Opera Orchestra (2:54)
  2. 2 Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (3:16)
  3. 3 I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Act 1. Oh! quante volte - Vicenzo Bellini & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (4:24)
  4. 4 Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Antonio Pappano (2:49)
  5. 5 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonini (5:09)
  6. 6 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (3:04)
  7. 7 Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Abbado (3:34)
  8. 8 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:17)
  9. 9 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (2:18)
  10. 10 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questo o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (1:49)
  11. 11 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (6:19)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (5:02)
  13. 13 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar - Amilcare Ponchielli & Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra (5:14)
  14. 14 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci - George Frideric Handel & Magdalena Kozená (5:56)
  15. 15 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Brigitte Fassbaender (2:40)
  16. 16 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene? - George Frideric Handel & Scholl (5:03)
  17. 17 Faust, opera: Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me v - Charles Gounod & Angela Gheorghiu (5:01)
  18. 18 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse - Jacques Offenbach & Richard Bonynge (2:00)
  19. 19 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 1. Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Teresa Berganza (2:51)
  20. 20 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (East - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (5:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Amici miei - Gaetano Donizetti & Daniel Oren (7:26)
  2. 2 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Porgi, amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Renée Fleming (3:55)
  3. 3 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara! - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Alagna (3:00)
  4. 4 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & Harry Bicket (5:07)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (4:09)
  6. 6 La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle - Giuseppe Verdi & Giorgio Gatti (2:45)
  7. 7 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Colin Davis (2:13)
  8. 8 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Volati, Amori - George Frideric Handel & Patricia Petibon (3:47)
  9. 9 Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì - Friedrich von Flotow & Richard Bonynge (3:32)
  10. 10 Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nuns' Chorus - Ralph Benatzky & Johann Strauss II (3:37)
  11. 11 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil - Giacomo Puccini & Carlo Bergonzi (1:57)
  12. 12 La sonnambula, opera: Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (3:56)
  13. 13 Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 3. La mamma morta - Umberto Giordano & Montserrat Caballé (5:32)
  14. 14 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Alberto Erede (3:18)
  15. 15 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act 1. Gli arredi festivi - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:05)
  16. 16 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Andrea Marcon (4:26)
  17. 17 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Patane (2:50)
  18. 18 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Maria Chiara Pizzoli (2:29)
  19. 19 La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol - Giuseppe Verdi & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (4:41)
  20. 20 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries) - Berit Lindholm & Richard Wagner (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roberto Alagna Primary Artist
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