Pearl Fishers and other Famous Operatic Duets

Pearl Fishers and other Famous Operatic Duets

     
 

The extraordinary popularity of the "Flower Duet" from Delibes' "Lakmé" -- used repeatedly in television commercials and movie soundtracks -- led to a boomlet of duet compilations through the 1990s. To justify its inclusion yet again, but to keep it somewhat inconspicuous, Naxos has assembled 14 operatic duets from its extensive catalog andSee more details below

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The extraordinary popularity of the "Flower Duet" from Delibes' "Lakmé" -- used repeatedly in television commercials and movie soundtracks -- led to a boomlet of duet compilations through the 1990s. To justify its inclusion yet again, but to keep it somewhat inconspicuous, Naxos has assembled 14 operatic duets from its extensive catalog and modestly placed the "Flower Duet" as the third track of The Pearl Fishers. If listeners expect this disc to be full of similarly affecting pieces, then they are sure to be disappointed. That charming number is unique, even for Delibes, and its exotic, perfumed quality is not shared by any of the album's other excerpts. However, if one explores this sampler with an open mind, an appreciation of some fine operatic moments is possible. The singing is consistently agreeable and engaging, and the thick booklet accompanying this CD includes libretti for all the tracks. Two humorous numbers from Donizetti's "L'eliser d'amore" and Rossini's "Il barbière di Siviglia" provide a taste of comic opera, yet the tender and powerful scenes by Puccini and Verdi dominate, giving the collection a lopsidedness that may not appeal to all tastes. This disc is recommended for budding opera buffs, but connoisseurs, especially of Italian opera, are unlikely to find much of interest here.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313579723
catalogNumber:
8555797
Rank:
256388

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Tracks

  1. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint  - Georges Bizet  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Janez Lotric  - Igor Morozov  - Johannes Wildner  - Susannah Howe
  2. La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Will Humburg  - Luba Orgonasova  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Jonathon Welch  - Susannah Howe
  3. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais, le jasmin (Flower Duet)  - Léo Delibes  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Adriana Kohutkova  - Denisa Slepkovska  - Johannes Wildner  - Susannah Howe
  4. La Traviata, opera: Un dì felice  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Monika Krause  - Alexander Rahbari  - Yordy Ramiro  - Jan Rozehnal  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Susannah Howe
  5. La bohème, opera: In un coupé  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Will Humburg  - Fabio Previati  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Jonathon Welch  - Susannah Howe
  6. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Viene la sera  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Miriam Gauci  - Alexander Rahbari  - Yordy Ramiro  - Jan Rozehnal  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Susannah Howe
  7. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Venti scudi!  - Gaetano Donizetti  - Giacomo Aragall  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Alexander Rahbari  - Eduard Tumagian  - Susannah Howe
  8. La bohème, opera: Mimì! Speravo di trovarti qui  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Will Humburg  - Luba Orgonasova  - Fabio Previati  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Susannah Howe
  9. Tosca, opera: Mario! Mario! Mario!  - Giacomo Puccini  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Giorgio Lamberti  - Nelly Miricioiu  - Alexander Rahbari  -  Slovak Philharmonic Choir  - Susannah Howe
  10. La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest'ora  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Giacomo Aragall  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Alexander Rahbari  - Eduard Tumagian  - Susannah Howe
  11. Manon Lescaut, opera: O sarò la più bella!  - Giacomo Puccini  -  BRT Philharmonic Orchestra  - Miriam Gauci  -  Jaak Gregoor Chorus  - Kaludi Kaludov  - Alexander Rahbari  - Susannah Howe  -  BRT Philharmonic Chorus
  12. Don Carlo, opera: È Lui...Dio che nell'alma infondere  - Giuseppe Verdi  - Giacomo Aragall  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Alexander Rahbari  - Eduard Tumagian  - Susannah Howe
  13. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: All'idea di quel metallo  - Gioachino Rossini  -  Failoni Orchestra  - Will Humburg  -  Hungarian Radio Chorus  - Roberto Servile  - Ramón Vargas  - Susannah Howe
  14. Otello, opera: Era la notte... Sì, pel ciel marmoreo  - Giuseppe Verdi  -  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  - Janez Lotric  - Igor Morozov  - Johannes Wildner  - Susannah Howe

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