The Most Famous Opera Duets

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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
EMI's The Most Famous Opera Duets is a decent collection of excerpts that delivers on enough of its promise to be forgiven its superlative title. A few notable blockbusters are missing, like "O soave fanciulla" from "La bohème" and the evening prayer from "Hansel and Gretel," but overall the collection covers its territory well -- from the famous "Flower Duet" from "Lakmé" to "Sull'aria" from "The Marriage of Figaro." The recordings themselves are culled from EMI's catalog of complete operas, and so the quality is consistently good, though only a few of the excerpts here could be considered the best examples of their kind Mady Mesplé's "Lakmé" headlines that group. ...
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All Music Guide - Allen Schrott
EMI's The Most Famous Opera Duets is a decent collection of excerpts that delivers on enough of its promise to be forgiven its superlative title. A few notable blockbusters are missing, like "O soave fanciulla" from "La bohème" and the evening prayer from "Hansel and Gretel," but overall the collection covers its territory well -- from the famous "Flower Duet" from "Lakmé" to "Sull'aria" from "The Marriage of Figaro." The recordings themselves are culled from EMI's catalog of complete operas, and so the quality is consistently good, though only a few of the excerpts here could be considered the best examples of their kind Mady Mesplé's "Lakmé" headlines that group. Perhaps by mistake, or perhaps not, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf receives top billing on the front cover's list of singers even though she doesn't appear anywhere on the album. And, even though these sorts of collections are more for pleasure listening than study, the complete absence of texts and translations means that if listeners do get curious about the words they'll be out of luck. The entire package could have used more love and attention, but it still makes for good listening. Mission accomplished, but without any flair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/1994
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724356812925
  • Catalog Number: 68129

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Act I: Au Fond Du Temple Saint - Georges Bizet & Ernest Blanc (5:30)
  2. 2 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act I: Vogliatemi Bene, Un Bene Piccolino - John Barbirolli & Giacomo Puccini (7:55)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act 3: Sull'aria - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Daniel Barenboim (2:49)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Act I: Un Di, Felice, Eterea - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo del Monte (3:38)
  5. 5 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Act II: O Sink Hernieder, Nacht Der Lieb - Richard Wagner & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (5:31)
  6. 6 Carmen, opera: Act I: Parle-Moi De Ma Mère - Georges Bizet & Thomas Beecham (6:06)
  7. 7 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Act I: Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (10:33)
  8. 8 Lakmé, opera: Act 1: Viens, Mallika...Sous Dome Epais (flower du - Léo Delibes & Theatre National de L'opera-Comique Choeur et Orch (3:15)
  9. 9 Rigoletto, opera: Act I: É Il Sol Dell'Anima - Giuseppe Verdi & Nicolai Gedda (5:57)
  10. 10 Der Rosenkavalier, opera, Op. 59 (TrV 227): Act II: Mir Ist Die Ehre Widerfahren - Richard Strauss & Herbert von Karajan (5:11)
  11. 11 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Act 1: Là Ci Darem La Mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Carlo Maria Giulini (6:27)
  12. 12 La bohème, opera: Act 4: O Mimi, Tu Più Non Torni - Nicolai Gedda & Giacomo Puccini (3:18)
  13. 13 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Act I: Ah! Verranna A Te Sull'Aure - Gaetano Donizetti & Edita Gruberová (3:06)
  14. 14 Il Trovatore, opera: Act IV: Miserere...Quel Suon, Quelle Preci - Giuseppe Verdi & Leontyne Price (4:53)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great music, incredible bargain price

    These are all superb artists, performing at the very top of their game. Buy this recording. It's remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    completely under-rated!

    If you know anything about opera, then you know that this is a good CD just by looking at the song titles and from which opera they come from. The singers do an excellent job on each of these well-loved songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not bad at all

    For the price of this CD, it's actually quite good. The quality isn't amazing, but it does provide a nice overview of some of opera's greatest duets. If nothing else, it's a wonderful springboard from which to learn about various operas.

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