The Essential Jessye Norman: A Unique Collection of Arias & Songs [CD & DVD]

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
The Essential Jessye Norman is a hybrid CD/DVD product aimed squarely at the great soprano's already dedicated fans. The CD is an uneven sampling of Norman's diverse career, only some of which represents her best work; her "When I am Laid in Earth" from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," for instance, is among the greatest performances of that aria ever recorded. The arias from her "Carmen" with Seiji Ozawa, on the other hand, are an acquired taste. The recording certainly has its fans, but Norman never quite had the earthy abandon or rich lower voice to make the part convincing. The DVD may be of more interest to hardcore Norman fans, simply because it provides behind the ...
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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
The Essential Jessye Norman is a hybrid CD/DVD product aimed squarely at the great soprano's already dedicated fans. The CD is an uneven sampling of Norman's diverse career, only some of which represents her best work; her "When I am Laid in Earth" from Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas," for instance, is among the greatest performances of that aria ever recorded. The arias from her "Carmen" with Seiji Ozawa, on the other hand, are an acquired taste. The recording certainly has its fans, but Norman never quite had the earthy abandon or rich lower voice to make the part convincing. The DVD may be of more interest to hardcore Norman fans, simply because it provides behind the scenes footage of the "Carmen" recording process. Watching her work in the studio is a joy, and the live takes, candid interviews, and other less-often-seen aspects of Norman's work are a nice bonus. If what you're interested in is a great collection of Jessye Norman's singing, however, it's probably best to stick with Philips' other Norman collection, Brava Jessye!, which is more consistent.
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  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028947563631
  • Catalog Number: 000328300

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau reb - Georges Bizet & Jessye Norman (5:39)
  2. 2 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Près des ramparts de Séville (Seguidilla) - Georges Bizet & Jessye Norman (4:57)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (4:02)
  4. 4 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono i bei momenti - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Colin Davis (6:23)
  5. 5 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor non è - Pietro Mascagni & Semyon Bychkov (6:41)
  6. 6 Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Thy hand Belinda...When I am laid in earth - Henry Purcell & English Chamber Orchestra (5:28)
  7. 7 Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2) - Richard Strauss & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (2:18)
  8. 8 Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1) - Richard Strauss & Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (5:16)
  9. 9 Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): No. 1. Villanelle - Hector Berlioz & Colin Davis (2:27)
  10. 10 Ständchen ("Der Mond steht über dem Berge"), song for voice & piano, Op. 106/1 - Johannes Brahms & Jessye Norman (1:46)
  11. 11 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6) - Franz Schubert & Irwin Gage (6:18)
  12. 12 Amazing Grace - John Newton & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (3:27)
  13. 13 West Side Story, musical: Somewhere - Leonard Bernstein & Leonard Bernstein (2:49)
  14. 14 With a Song in My Heart, song (from musical "Spring Is Here") - Richard Rodgers & John Williams [composer] (2:48)
  15. 15 Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra, "O Holy Night" - Adolphe Adam & John Williams [composer] (3:47)
  16. 16 Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass - César Franck & Christopher Bowers-Broadbent (4:13)
  17. 17 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise (Isoldes Liebestod) - Richard Wagner & Colin Davis (7:16)
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Jessye Norman Primary Artist
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