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The Essential Plácido Domingo

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 827969284520
  • Catalog Number: 92845
  • Sales rank: 11,214

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
The 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)
Robin Stapleton Choir Master
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Seville Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Ambrosian Opera Chorus Choir, Chorus
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John Adams Bass (Vocal)
Juilo Salazar Conductor, Musical Direction
La 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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