The Essential Angela Gheorghiu

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
The quality of an anthology always depends on the source recordings a label has to choose from. In the case of Angela Gheorghiu, both Decca and EMI have plenty of good material -- so much so that both released compilations in 2004, each of which is an excellent capsulation of Gheorghiu's art and career, and neither of which duplicates the other's musical selections. Decca was Gheorghiu's label during the first years of her international career, and so The Essential Angela Gheorghiu is limited to recordings made before 2000. But, even though these selections are a few years old, they represent many of the core roles of her repertory. Most notable is her Violetta Verdi's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
The quality of an anthology always depends on the source recordings a label has to choose from. In the case of Angela Gheorghiu, both Decca and EMI have plenty of good material -- so much so that both released compilations in 2004, each of which is an excellent capsulation of Gheorghiu's art and career, and neither of which duplicates the other's musical selections. Decca was Gheorghiu's label during the first years of her international career, and so The Essential Angela Gheorghiu is limited to recordings made before 2000. But, even though these selections are a few years old, they represent many of the core roles of her repertory. Most notable is her Violetta Verdi's "La traviata" with Georg Solti from 1995. It was the role that launched Gheorghiu into the big time, and having her "Ah, fors' è lui...sempre libera" from that time of her career is a great opportunity to hear the qualities that first made her famous. Equally important are the arias from "La bohème," which is a centerpiece of her performing schedule. There is pathos to Gheorghiu's singing that suits her perfectly to both of those tragic roles -- Violetta and Mimì; yet, her "Jewel Song" from Gounod's "Faust," full of girlish wonder and sparkling vocalism, is equally convincing. She is an extremely versatile singer, always musical, and never out of her comfort zone vocally. If there is any complaint, it's that these slightly older recordings don't have the same musical maturity in spots as her later work for EMI. Fans who already own Gheorghiu's complete opera recordings will find duplication of material here. But if you're looking for a collection of great soprano arias, or a document of her singing in general, you can't go wrong.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947332022
  • Catalog Number: 000228402
  • Sales rank: 139,331

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?...Ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Angela Gheorghiu (3:42)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:55)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (4:06)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Ah, fors'è lui...Sempre libera - Giuseppe Verdi & Angela Gheorghiu (9:21)
  5. 5 La forza del destino, opera: Pace, pace, mio Dio - Giuseppe Verdi & Riccardo Chailly (5:43)
  6. 6 Faust, opera: Ô Dieu! que de bijoux!...Ah! Je ris de me voir si - Charles Gounod & Michel Carré (4:59)
  7. 7 Hérodiade, opera in 4 acts: Celui dont la parole efface toutes peines...Il est - Jules Massenet & Angela Gheorghiu (4:58)
  8. 8 Chérubin, opera in 3 acts: Vive amour qui rêve (Aubade) - Jules Massenet & Francis de Croisset (3:50)
  9. 9 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera - Gaetano Donizetti & Roberto Alagna (6:42)
  10. 10 La bohème, opera: Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido d'amore - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Giacosa (3:06)
  11. 11 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Mercé, dilette amiche - Giuseppe Verdi & Arrigo Boito (4:02)
  12. 12 Simon Boccanegra, opera: Come in quest'ora bruna - Giuseppe Verdi & Arrigo Boito (6:20)
  13. 13 La Traviata, opera: "Teneste la promessa..."...Addio del passato - Giuseppe Verdi & Angela Gheorghiu (7:13)
  14. 14 Il Trovatore, opera: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor - Giuseppe Verdi & Salvatore Cammarano (5:58)
  15. 15 Valurile Dunarii (Waves of the Danube), operetta: Muzica - George Grigoriu & Angela Gheorghiu (2:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Angela Gheorghiu Primary Artist
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