The Great Recordings

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Exactly as the title implies, Beverly Sills: The Great Recordings is a well-produced document of one of America's most famous sopranos, and most vibrant musical personalities. It is beautifully mastered and nicely packaged, and it captures Sills at the top of her game, as she was in the late '60s and '70s. Anchored by excerpts from her two best-loved roles, Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" and Massenet's "Manon," but unfortunately only including one excerpt from her famous Donizetti "Three Queens" series arguably her best achievement, this two-disc collection covers an impressive range of selections: staple works by Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, and Meyerbeer, some lighter ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
Exactly as the title implies, Beverly Sills: The Great Recordings is a well-produced document of one of America's most famous sopranos, and most vibrant musical personalities. It is beautifully mastered and nicely packaged, and it captures Sills at the top of her game, as she was in the late '60s and '70s. Anchored by excerpts from her two best-loved roles, Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" and Massenet's "Manon," but unfortunately only including one excerpt from her famous Donizetti "Three Queens" series arguably her best achievement, this two-disc collection covers an impressive range of selections: staple works by Mozart, Bellini, Rossini, and Meyerbeer, some lighter selections from Offenbach and Lehár, and Moore's "The Ballad of Baby Doe." The last was one of Sills' signatures, and will probably always be identified with her. The visceral energy that made her coloratura voice sound bigger than it was, the improbably sparkling high notes, and the go-for-broke musicality that characterized her best singing take center stage in nearly every selection, and provide a convincing argument for Sills as one of the last century's great singers.
New York Times - Anthony Tommasini
Vocal buffs looking for a representative Beverly Sills collection will want the Deutsche Grammophon set for its smart selection of songs and arias by Mozart, Strauss and Bellini, especially a glorious aria from Bellini's "Capuleti e i Montecchi," and two extended excerpts from Massenet's "Manon," one of Ms. Sills's signature roles.
BBC Music Magazine - Michael Scott Rohan
An enjoyable collection of bel canto standards.

An enjoyable collection of bel canto standards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947494720
  • Catalog Number: 000246902
  • Sales rank: 15,667

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Puritani, opera: Son vergin vezzosa - Vicenzo Bellini & Richard van Allan (5:57)
  2. 2 I Capuleti e i Montecchi, opera: Eccomi... Oh! quante volte - Vicenzo Bellini & Fred Munzmaier (9:45)
  3. 3 Norma, opera: Mira, o Norma - Vicenzo Bellini & James Levine (8:35)
  4. 4 Attila, opera: Santo di patria... Allor che i forti corrono... Da - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (7:12)
  5. 5 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Contro un cor che accende amore - Gioachino Rossini & Nicolai Gedda (7:38)
  6. 6 Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Che m'apporti? - Gaetano Donizetti & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (3:29)
  7. 7 Roberto Devereux (Il Conte di Essex), opera: Quel sangue varsato al cielo s'innalza - Gaetano Donizetti & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (5:33)
  8. 8 Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio, aria for soprano & orchestra, K. 418 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Aldo Ceccato (7:25)
  9. 9 Amor ("An dem Feuer sass das Kind Amor"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 68/5 (TrV 235/5) - Richard Strauss & Aldo Ceccato (2:51)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Martern aller Arten - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Aldo Ceccato (8:12)
  2. 2 La Traviata, opera: È strano! È strano! - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (1:37)
  3. 3 La Traviata, opera: Ah, fors'è lui - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (5:50)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Follie! Follie! - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (1:15)
  5. 5 La Traviata, opera: Sempre libera - Giuseppe Verdi & Aldo Ceccato (3:53)
  6. 6 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Ces murs silencieux - Pardonnez-moi, Dieu de toute - Jules Massenet & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (2:35)
  7. 7 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Toi! Vous! - Oui! Je fus cruelle et coupable! - Jules Massenet & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (4:13)
  8. 8 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: N'est-ce plus ma main? - Jules Massenet & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (4:35)
  9. 9 Robert le diable, grand opera in 5 acts: Robert, toi que j'aime - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Charles Mackerras (7:11)
  10. 10 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Tu ne chanteras plus? - Jacques Offenbach & Patricia Kern (4:59)
  11. 11 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Chère enfant que j'appelle - Jacques Offenbach & Patricia Kern (4:08)
  12. 12 Giuditta, opera in 5 acts: Meine Lippen, die küssen so heiß - Franz Lehár & London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:22)
  13. 13 Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein") - Rudolf Sieczynski & London Philharmonic Orchestra (5:09)
  14. 14 The Ballad of Baby Doe, opera in 2 acts: Always through the changing - Douglas S. Moore & Emerson Buckley (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beverly Sills Primary Artist
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