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: 176,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Act 3. Hojotoho! Hojotoho! (Ride of the Valkyries) - Berit Lindholm & Richard Wagner (6:22)
  2. 2 La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Di Provenza il mar, il suol - Giuseppe Verdi & Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (4:41)
  3. 3 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Maria Chiara Pizzoli (2:29)
  4. 4 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Non piangere, Liù - Giacomo Puccini & Franco Patane (2:50)
  5. 5 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act 2. Ach, ich fühl's es ist verschwunden - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Andrea Marcon (4:26)
  6. 6 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Act 1. Gli arredi festivi - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (5:05)
  7. 7 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Act 4. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Alberto Erede (3:18)
  8. 8 Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 3. La mamma morta - Umberto Giordano & Montserrat Caballé (5:32)
  9. 9 La sonnambula, opera: Act 2. Ah! non giunge uman pensiero - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (3:56)
  10. 10 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Addio, fiorito asil - Giacomo Puccini & Carlo Bergonzi (1:57)
  11. 11 Casanova, musical comedy (Strauss works arr. by Benatzky): Nuns' Chorus - Ralph Benatzky & Johann Strauss II (3:37)
  12. 12 Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì - Friedrich von Flotow & Richard Bonynge (3:32)
  13. 13 Ariodante, opera, HWV 33: Act 1. Volati, Amori - George Frideric Handel & Patricia Petibon (3:47)
  14. 14 Tosca, opera: Act 1. Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Colin Davis (2:13)
  15. 15 La Traviata, opera: Act 2. Noi siamo zingarelle - Giuseppe Verdi & Giorgio Gatti (2:45)
  16. 16 La bohème, opera: Act 1. O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (4:09)
  17. 17 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Act 3. Thy hand, Bellina...When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & Harry Bicket (5:07)
  18. 18 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Act 1. Quanto è bello, quanto è cara! - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Alagna (3:00)
  19. 19 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 2. Porgi, amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Renée Fleming (3:55)
  20. 20 La fille du régiment, opera: Act 1. Amici miei - Gaetano Donizetti & Daniel Oren (7:26)
  21. 21 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor (East - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (5:25)
  22. 22 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)
  23. 23 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Ô Dieu! de quelle ivresse - Jacques Offenbach & Richard Bonynge (2:00)
  24. 24 Faust, opera: Act 3. Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! je ris de me v - Charles Gounod & Angela Gheorghiu (5:01)
  25. 25 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Act 1. Dove sei, amato bene? - George Frideric Handel & Scholl (5:03)
  26. 26 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Act 1. Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Brigitte Fassbaender (2:40)
  27. 27 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Act 1. Cara speme, questo core tu cominci - George Frideric Handel & Magdalena Kozená (5:56)
  28. 28 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar - Amilcare Ponchielli & Giuseppe Verdi Orchestra (5:14)
  29. 29 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Act 3. Beglückt darf nun dich, o Heimat (Pilgrim's - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (5:02)
  30. 30 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè...Caro nome - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (6:19)
  31. 31 Rigoletto, opera: Act 1. Questo o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (1:49)
  32. 32 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana (2:18)
  33. 33 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 2. Deh! vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:17)
  34. 34 Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Act 1. All'afflitto è dolce il pianto - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Abbado (3:34)
  35. 35 Tosca, opera: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Marco Armiliato (3:04)
  36. 36 Farnace, opera in 3 acts, RV 711: Act 2. Gelido in ogni vena - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonini (5:09)
  37. 37 Andrea Chénier, opera: Act 4. Come un bel dì di maggio - Umberto Giordano & Antonio Pappano (2:49)
  38. 38 I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Act 1. Oh! quante volte - Vicenzo Bellini & Vienna Symphony Orchestra (4:24)
  39. 39 Il Trovatore, opera: Act 3. Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (3:16)
  40. 40 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)
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Performance Credits
Roberto Alagna Primary Artist
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