Essential Plácido Domingo

The Essential Plácido Domingo

by Plácido Domingo
     
 

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Boiling down a great artist's "essentials" is always tricky, especially when that artist is Plácido Domingo, the most recorded tenor in history and one of the most versatile. Sensibly, the two discs zoom in on the split sides of Domingo's artistry: opera on the one hand, popular crossovers on the other. The lighter music

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Boiling down a great artist's "essentials" is always tricky, especially when that artist is Plácido Domingo, the most recorded tenor in history and one of the most versatile. Sensibly, the two discs zoom in on the split sides of Domingo's artistry: opera on the one hand, popular crossovers on the other. The lighter music shows off Domingo's charismatic vocal personality and his elegant style: The zarzuela (Spanish operetta) excerpts are particularly charming, as are the graceful songs of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. The Man of La Mancha numbers are great fun, and Domingo's refined sentimentality even adds an appealing touch to the unlikely pairing with John Denver. But the classical half of this set is full of gems, too, mostly recorded in the 1970s and '80s, at the heart of Domingo's very long vocal prime. Two duets with soprano Renata Scotto, from Madama Butterfly and Adriana Lecouvreur, are real highlights: They capture the tenor fully in character and showcase his dramatic powers. For sheer virtuosity, there's the rousing "Di quella pira," from Verdi's Il Trovatore to conclude the first disc, and superb, too, are the big tenor arias from obscure operas like Mascagni's Iris and Massenet's Le Cid. Even if these "essentials" don't include the tenor's signature role -- Verdi's Otello -- or his more recent forays into Wagner, the collection offers not only a one-stop summary of Domingo, but also provides inspiration to begin exploring his extraordinary career.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969284520
catalogNumber:
92845
Rank:
87814

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Nessun dorma!
  2. Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida
  3. Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano
  4. Una furtiva lagrima
  5. Quando le sere al placido
  6. Bimba dagli occhi
  7. Addio, fiorito asi
  8. Ingemisco
  9. Amor ti vieta
  10. Sincero amor
  11. Ah! tout est bien fini - O souverain, o juge, o père
  12. Apri la tua finestra!
  13. E lucevan le stelle
  14. Firenze è come un albero fiorito
  15. Di rigori armato il seno
  16. Sole e amore (Mattinata), for voice & piano
  17. Von der Jugend
  18. Di quella pira

Disc 2

  1. Te quiero, Morena - Jota
  2. La roca fria del Calvario (Romanze)
  3. Por el humo se sabe donde está el fuego
  4. Granada, for voice & orchestra (with chorus ad lib)
  5. Andalucía, song
  6. Serenata Tapatia for voice & ensemble
  7. Adoro, for voice & ensemble
  8. Siempre En Mi Corazon for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  9. Malagueña for voice & piano
  10. Dulcinea
  11. The Impossible Dream (The Quest)
  12. In Pace
  13. Maria
  14. Perhaps love
  15. Love Came for Me
  16. Love Until the End of Time

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Plácido Domingo   Primary Artist,Tenor (Vocal)
Leonard Bernstein   Conductor
Maureen McGovern   Vocals
John Denver   Guitar,Vocals
London Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
James Levine   Conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Renata Scotto   Soprano (Vocal)
New York Philharmonic   Performing Ensemble
Esa-Pekka Salonen   Conductor
Luis Cobos   Conductor
Paul Gemignani   Conductor
Lee Holdridge   Conductor
John McCarthy   Choir Director
Munich Radio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Bebu Silvetti   Conductor
Zubin Mehta   Conductor
American Theatre Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Pritchard   Conductor
Julius Rudel   Piano
Robert Ziegler   Conductor
ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
VVC Symphonic Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Giuseppe Patanè   Conductor
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus and Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Luis A. Garcia Navarro   Conductor
Bo Skovhus   Baritone (Vocal)
Ingvar Wixell   Baritone (Vocal)
Orquesta Sinfonica De Sevilla   Performing Ensemble
Robin Stapleton   Choir Master
Lorin Maazel   Conductor
Ambrosian Opera Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
John Adams   Bass (Vocal)
Juilo Salazar   Conductor,Musical Direction
Scala Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Cordoba Grand Theater Titular Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Eve Queler   Conductor
Byrne Camp Chorale   Choir, Chorus
John DeMain   Conductor
Rio de Janeiro Municipal Theater Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Opera Orchestra of New York   Performing Ensemble
Philharmonia Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Miguel Roa   Conductor

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Lyricist
Joe Darion   Lyricist
Antonio Fernandez   Producer
Thomas Frost   Producer
David Harvey   Producer
Lee Holdridge   Arranger
Will Jennings   Lyricist
John Middleton   Producer
Paul Myers   Producer
Milton Okun   Producer
Bebu Silvetti   Arranger,Producer
Elizabeth Ostrow   Producer
Thomas Z. Shepard   Producer
Patrick Doyle   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Roy Emerson   Producer
Maggie Rodford   Producer
Michel Glotz   Producer
Jackson Braider   Liner Notes
Wolfram Graul   Producer
Charles Harbutt   Engineer
David Mottley   Producer
Dan Borris   Cover Photo
Ernesto Cortázar   Lyricist
Carol Connors   Lyricist
Laura Kazan   Editorial Production
Juilo Salazar   Arranger
Tammy Van Aken   Packaging Manager
John Culshaw   Producer
Emilio De Torre   Lyricist
P. López   Arranger
H. Hernández   Arranger
B. Fasman   Arranger
H. Aceves   Arranger

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