Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
"Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" is a generous 35-track opera collection that is an interesting departure from the average "opera hits" compilation in that it is sequenced for relaxation listening. Featured here are the expected opera tunes familiar from movie soundtracks and TV commercials, such as Puccini's "Un bel di" from "Madame Butterfly"/Fatal Attraction, Delibes' "Lakmé Flower Duet," and others. But also included is less familiar, and no less attractive, fare such as the Intermezzo from Franz Schmidt's "Notre Dame" and a number from Mozart's unfinished opera "Zaide." All of these tracks are drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's standing catalog and feature ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
"Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" is a generous 35-track opera collection that is an interesting departure from the average "opera hits" compilation in that it is sequenced for relaxation listening. Featured here are the expected opera tunes familiar from movie soundtracks and TV commercials, such as Puccini's "Un bel di" from "Madame Butterfly"/Fatal Attraction, Delibes' "Lakmé Flower Duet," and others. But also included is less familiar, and no less attractive, fare such as the Intermezzo from Franz Schmidt's "Notre Dame" and a number from Mozart's unfinished opera "Zaide." All of these tracks are drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's standing catalog and feature top-rank performers, such as singers Bryn Terfel, Kiri te Kanawa, and Gundula Janowitz, and conductors Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan. Deep opera collectors will find little on "Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" that they don't already know, but for the general interest listener, this is close to an ideal package. "Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" is easily recommendable on the basis of its abundant content, thoughtful programming, and in the quality of the individual performances.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947171720
  • Catalog Number: 471717
  • Sales rank: 84,499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Norma, opera: Casta Diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (5:54)
  2. 2 Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (3:51)
  3. 3 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Joan Sutherland (4:18)
  4. 4 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Joan Sutherland (3:32)
  5. 5 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Letter Duet - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (3:28)
  6. 6 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice - Christoph Willibald Gluck & Joan Sutherland (3:42)
  7. 7 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va pensiero - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giuseppe Verdi (4:00)
  8. 8 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Joan Sutherland (4:29)
  9. 9 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (4:20)
  10. 10 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming chorus - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (3:07)
  11. 11 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (3:26)
  12. 12 La forza del destino, opera: Overture (excerpt) - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giuseppe Verdi (2:05)
  13. 13 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (4:30)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (5:03)
  15. 15 Louise, opera: Depuis le jour - Gustave Charpentier & Joan Sutherland (6:12)
  16. 16 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Joan Sutherland (3:39)
  17. 17 Luisa Miller, opera: Quando le sere al placido - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:29)
  18. 18 Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar - Ludwig van Beethoven & Leonard Bernstein (5:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (5:04)
  2. 2 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (duet) - Georges Bizet & Joan Sutherland (6:03)
  3. 3 Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (4:17)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Prelude - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:39)
  5. 5 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O Silver moon - Antonin Dvorák & Joan Sutherland (5:50)
  6. 6 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am Laid in Earth - Henry Purcell & Joan Sutherland (4:43)
  7. 7 Il Trovatore, opera: Miserre - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (5:12)
  8. 8 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (3:39)
  9. 9 Notre Dame, opera: Intermezzo - Franz Schmidt & Joan Sutherland (4:43)
  10. 10 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta v - Camille Saint-Saëns & Joan Sutherland (5:31)
  11. 11 Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Largo) - George Frideric Handel & Joan Sutherland (3:03)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (3:31)
  13. 13 Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Ruhe sanft - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (6:41)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Flower Duet - Giuseppe Sinopoli & Giacomo Puccini (5:05)
  15. 15 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: [Unspecified] Entr'acte - Georges Bizet & Joan Sutherland (3:01)
  16. 16 Norma, opera: Mira o Norma - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (5:41)
  17. 17 Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Höchsten Heiles Wunder - Richard Wagner & Joan Sutherland (4:49)
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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    "Musical Rapture"

    "Rapture" is definitely a cd that contains beautiful opera music that helps facilitate calm and peaceful moods. I do concur with another reviewer that track one of cd two (Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet) is very sublime. "Rapture" is best to get for anyone that is receptive to listen to uplifting opera and/or classical music.

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