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Recordings can provide entertainment or document musical history. Sometimes they do both. That's certainly the case with the recordings of Enrico Caruso. Although he died in 1921, many still consider him the greatest tenor of all time. These 27 selections were Caruso's first recordings, made all the way back in 1902 and '03. Listening to his voice leap from the scratchy grooves of these primitive shellac discs is cause for amazement, even today. The piano accompaniments may sound distant and fuzzy, but the voice has tremendous presence. Ward Marston's transfers are excellent, keeping the bronze-like shine of the voice intact, while eliminating as much of the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Recordings can provide entertainment or document musical history. Sometimes they do both. That's certainly the case with the recordings of Enrico Caruso. Although he died in 1921, many still consider him the greatest tenor of all time. These 27 selections were Caruso's first recordings, made all the way back in 1902 and '03. Listening to his voice leap from the scratchy grooves of these primitive shellac discs is cause for amazement, even today. The piano accompaniments may sound distant and fuzzy, but the voice has tremendous presence. Ward Marston's transfers are excellent, keeping the bronze-like shine of the voice intact, while eliminating as much of the surface noise as possible. The disc offers 27 selections, including evergreens from Aida, Tosca, Manon, L'Elisir d'amore, and others, as well as some arias and songs that have fallen by the wayside in the century since these recordings were made. Naxos plans to release all of Caruso's recordings; when completed, this will rival RCA's acclaimed 12-CD set -- especially at Naxos' super-budget price. Bring 'em on!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 636943170328
  • Catalog Number: 8110703

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Germania, opera: Act 1, "Ah, Vieni Qui . . . No: Studenti, udite - Enrico Caruso & Alberto Franchetti (1:56)
  2. 2 Germania, opera: Act 1, "Ah, Vieni Qui . . . No: Ah, vieni qui...No, non chiuder gli occhi - Enrico Caruso & Alberto Franchetti (2:49)
  3. 3 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Enrico Caruso & Giuseppe Verdi (2:17)
  4. 4 Aida, opera: Celeste Aida - Enrico Caruso & Giuseppe Verdi (3:25)
  5. 5 Manon, opera: O dolce incanto - Enrico Caruso & Jules Massenet (2:41)
  6. 6 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Enrico Caruso & Gaetano Donizetti (3:21)
  7. 7 Mefistofele, opera: Dai campi, dai prati - Enrico Caruso & Arrigo Boito (2:32)
  8. 8 Mefistofele, opera: Giunto sul passo estremo - Enrico Caruso & Arrigo Boito (3:12)
  9. 9 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Enrico Caruso & Giacomo Puccini (2:35)
  10. 10 Iris, opera in 3 acts: Apri la tua finestra - Enrico Caruso & Pietro Mascagni (2:33)
  11. 11 Mefistofele, opera: Dai campi, dai prati - Enrico Caruso & Arrigo Boito (2:25)
  12. 12 Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta - Enrico Caruso & Umberto Giordano (1:54)
  13. 13 Aida, opera: Celeste Aida - Enrico Caruso & Giuseppe Verdi (2:36)
  14. 14 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar! - Enrico Caruso & Amilcare Ponchielli (2:25)
  15. 15 Pagliacci, opera: Vesti la giubba - Enrico Caruso & Ruggero Leoncavallo (2:14)
  16. 16 Cavalleria rusticana, opera in 1 act: O Lola - Enrico Caruso & Pietro Mascagni (2:24)
  17. 17 Non t'amo più, for voice & piano - Enrico Caruso & Luigi Denza (2:24)
  18. 18 La Mia canzone, for voice & piano/orchestra - Enrico Caruso & Paolo Tosti (2:23)
  19. 19 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: No, più nobile - Enrico Caruso & Francesco Cilèa (2:37)
  20. 20 Luna fedel, for voice & piano - Enrico Caruso & Redento Zardo (2:22)
  21. 21 Un Bacio ancora, for voice & piano - Enrico Caruso & Rocco Trimarchi (3:02)
  22. 22 Luna fedel, for voice & piano - Enrico Caruso & Redento Zardo (3:02)
  23. 23 L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Enrico Caruso & Gaetano Donizetti (3:32)
  24. 24 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Enrico Caruso & Giacomo Puccini (2:47)
  25. 25 Germania, opera: Act 1, "Ah, Vieni Qui . . . No: No, non chiuder - Enrico Caruso & Alberto Franchetti (3:09)
  26. 26 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Enrico Caruso & Giuseppe Verdi (2:30)
  27. 27 Cavalleria rusticana, opera in 1 act: O Lola - Enrico Caruso & Pietro Mascagni (2:56)
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Enrico Caruso Primary Artist
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