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Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With 40 tracks of operatic favorites, this double-disc album is a festival of hits. There are famous arias: Rodolfo's "Che gelida manina" from Bohème Luciano Pavarotti and Mimi's reply, "Mi chiamano" Angela Gheorghiu; Madame Butterfly's "Un bel di" Mirella Freni; and Cavaradossi's "E lecuvan le stelle" from Tosca Placido Domingo. There are famous choruses: "Va pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco, the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin, and the "Anvil Chorus" from Trovatore. And there are great moments for the orchestra, too: Bizet's Overture to Carmen, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. You'll find celebrated voices from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - EJ Johnson
With 40 tracks of operatic favorites, this double-disc album is a festival of hits. There are famous arias: Rodolfo's "Che gelida manina" from Bohème Luciano Pavarotti and Mimi's reply, "Mi chiamano" Angela Gheorghiu; Madame Butterfly's "Un bel di" Mirella Freni; and Cavaradossi's "E lecuvan le stelle" from Tosca Placido Domingo. There are famous choruses: "Va pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco, the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin, and the "Anvil Chorus" from Trovatore. And there are great moments for the orchestra, too: Bizet's Overture to Carmen, Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries," and the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana. You'll find celebrated voices from the past -- Jussi Björling in Fedora's "Amor ti vieta" and Joan Sutherland in the "Flower Duet" from Lakme -- as well as latter-day stars: Cecilia Bartoli in Mozart's "Voi che sapete" from the Marriage of Figaro and Andrea Bocelli in Leoncavallo's "Mattinata." Decca wasted no space with this compilation. Every selection is an operatic gem, culled from the catalogue of one of classical music's foremost record labels. But how should such a hit parade end? With Pavarotti, of course, singing "Nessun dorma" for all it's worth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028946763223
  • Catalog Number: 467632
  • Sales rank: 2,100

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Prelude - Georges Bizet & London Philharmonic Orchestra (2:21)
  2. 2 La Traviata, opera: Brindisi - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:56)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina - Giacomo Puccini & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:45)
  4. 4 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet - Léo Delibes & Richard Bonynge (5:11)
  5. 5 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta - Umberto Giordano & Jussi Björling (2:04)
  6. 6 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Habanera - Georges Bizet & Georg Solti (4:28)
  7. 7 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Chorus Of The Hebrew Slaves - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (4:42)
  8. 8 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Georg Solti (5:03)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:27)
  10. 10 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Bridal Chorus - Richard Wagner & Georg Solti (5:24)
  11. 11 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Lamberto Gardelli & Giacomo Puccini (2:14)
  12. 12 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Largo al factotum - Gioachino Rossini & Leo Nucci (5:07)
  13. 13 La Wally, opera: Ebben?...Ne andro lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Angela Gheorghiu (3:46)
  14. 14 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:06)
  15. 15 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song - Georges Bizet & Plácido Domingo (3:58)
  16. 16 Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (4:20)
  17. 17 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Plácido Domingo & Giacomo Puccini (2:34)
  18. 18 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:40)
  19. 19 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint - Georges Bizet & Charles Dutoit (7:33)
  20. 20 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride Of The Valkyries - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:09)
  21. 21 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & György Fischer (2:56)
  22. 22 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Giuseppe Patanè (4:11)
  23. 23 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:18)
  24. 24 Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus - Giuseppe Verdi & Chicago Symphony Orchestra (2:54)
  25. 25 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - José Carreras & Giacomo Puccini (2:16)
  26. 26 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: La ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & István Kertész (3:25)
  27. 27 Mattinata, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Leone Magiera (2:23)
  28. 28 Faust, opera: Soldiers' Chorus - Charles Gounod & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (3:19)
  29. 29 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Evelino Pidò (3:48)
  30. 30 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! - Montserrat Caballé & Giacomo Puccini (2:49)
  31. 31 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Champagne Aria - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & London Philharmonic Orchestra (1:23)
  32. 32 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Chamber Orchestra of Europe (2:53)
  33. 33 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (3:25)
  34. 34 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Georg Solti & Giacomo Puccini (3:24)
  35. 35 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Toreador song - Georges Bizet & John Alldis (5:27)
  36. 36 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Love Duet - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:58)
  37. 37 Cavalleria rusticana, opera in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Gianandrea Gavazzeni (3:20)
  38. 38 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon - Renée Fleming & Antonin Dvorák (6:49)
  39. 39 La bohème, opera: Si, mi chiamano Mimi - Giacomo Puccini & Angela Gheorghiu (4:53)
  40. 40 Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma - Giacomo Puccini & John Alldis (2:59)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't buy this cd

    Too often the best singers of a given aria were not used. There are so many better cds than this one. Aria; a Passion for Opera has much better versions of some of these arias. All you have to do to understand what I am talking about is to play the two versions of 'Di quella pira'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Starter

    If you are interested in getting into Opera and don't know where to start, this would be a great CD to get. It gives a good broad look at Opera, and you will be suprised how many tracks sound familiar.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful! Super! A Must Have CD!

    You will have a passion for Italian Opera forever! Placido Domingo in Tosca (17), or Luciano Pavarotti in Pagliacci(3) ...BEAUTIFUL!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice for Beginning Opera Listeners, even kids !

    My husband and I have always enjoyed opera and classical, as do our children. This was the CD that we chose to introduce our children to opera, and they loved it. It has classic and well-known pieces and arias that are easy to enjoy, even at a young age. Ages of our children when we started them on opera ? Ages 2,3 and 5 respectively...and they will choose this CD over Barney or Silly Songs anytime !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

    This compilation is extraordinary! It contains the highlights from all my favorite operas, as well as a few new ones. This is a must-have for any opera lover, or anyone who is new to the genre!

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