The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This EMI collection, The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé, could indeed be considered a "very best" of what Caballé has left in terms of a recorded legacy. Drawn from Caballé's EMI performances from the period 1970-1980, this collection captures her in the full bloom of her artistic prime. In regard to repertoire, this generous, two-disc set is heavily weighted toward Italian opera, in particular Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini; as a matter of fact, the whole second disc is devoted to the latter two names in toto. This should not be too surprising, as in these years, Caballé's London-based performances were mostly devoted to appearances in Italian opera productions. In ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
This EMI collection, The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé, could indeed be considered a "very best" of what Caballé has left in terms of a recorded legacy. Drawn from Caballé's EMI performances from the period 1970-1980, this collection captures her in the full bloom of her artistic prime. In regard to repertoire, this generous, two-disc set is heavily weighted toward Italian opera, in particular Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini; as a matter of fact, the whole second disc is devoted to the latter two names in toto. This should not be too surprising, as in these years, Caballé's London-based performances were mostly devoted to appearances in Italian opera productions. In order to provide contrast, EMI has wisely chosen to include a small number of songs by Joaquín Turina and Xavier Montsalvatge, where Caballé is sympathetically partnered with pianist Alexis Weissenberg. If you are looking for a "best of" or merely an introduction to the vocal art of Caballé, you can hardly go wrong here. The Spanish songs are especially enjoyable, but Caballé is likewise outstanding in all of the Italian opera that makes up the better part of this collection. The sound of these 1970s recordings is consistent from one track to the next and is excellent overall. The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé can be recommended without reservation, especially to those who are interested in hearing Caballé's singing without being particularly inclined to experience a full-length opera recording just in order to do so.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724357589123
  • Catalog Number: 75891
  • Sales rank: 89,885

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aida, opera: Act 1. Ritorna vincitor - Giuseppe Verdi & Elizabeth Bainbridge (6:20)
  2. 2 Aida, opera: Act 3. Qui Radames verrà...O patria mia - Giuseppe Verdi & Elizabeth Bainbridge (7:00)
  3. 3 La forza del destino, opera: Act 4. Pace, pace mio Dio - Giuseppe Verdi & Elizabeth Bainbridge (5:39)
  4. 4 Macbeth, opera: Act 4. Una macchia è qui tutt'ora - Giuseppe Verdi & Elizabeth Bainbridge (6:31)
  5. 5 Don Carlo, opera: Act 5. Tu che le vanità - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (11:07)
  6. 6 Otello, opera: Act 4. Ave Maria - Giuseppe Verdi & Montserrat Caballé (4:26)
  7. 7 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Act 3. L'altra notte in fondo al mare - Arrigo Boito & Montserrat Caballé (6:28)
  8. 8 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete, o mamma - Pietro Mascagni & Montserrat Caballé (4:04)
  9. 9 Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Act 2. Ils s'éloignent enfin...Sombre forêt - Gioachino Rossini & Montserrat Caballé (8:18)
  10. 10 Canto a Sevilla, song cycle for voice & orchestra, Op. 37: Las Fuentecitas del Parque - Alexis Weissenberg & Joaquín Turina (3:59)
  11. 11–15 Canciones negras, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Nos 1-5, complete - Xavier Montsalvatge & Alexis Weissenberg (12:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide - Giacomo Puccini & Bruno Bartoletti (2:22)
  2. 2 La bohème, opera: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (5:18)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Act 3. Donde lieta usci - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:28)
  4. 4 Tosca, opera: Act 2. Vissi d'arte - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:40)
  5. 5 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (5:27)
  6. 6 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Tu, tu, piccolo iddio! - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:39)
  7. 7 Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:34)
  8. 8 Turandot, opera: Act 2. Signore, ascolta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (7:10)
  9. 9 Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:32)
  10. 10 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (2:48)
  11. 11 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Act 1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Montserrat Caballé (3:10)
  12. 12 I Puritani, opera: Act 1. Son vergin vezzosa - Vicenzo Bellini & Ambrosian Opera Chorus (5:25)
  13. 13 I Puritani, opera: Act 2. O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce sua soav - Vicenzo Bellini & Montserrat Caballé (10:26)
  14. 14 I Puritani, opera: Act 2. Tornò il riso sul suo aspetto...Vien dilett - Vicenzo Bellini & Montserrat Caballé (6:32)
  15. 15 Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi... - Vicenzo Bellini & Montserrat Caballé (4:13)
  16. 16 Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Col sorriso d'innocenza... - Vicenzo Bellini & Montserrat Caballé (3:28)
  17. 17 Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Qual suono...Oh, Sole! ti vela di tenebre o - Vicenzo Bellini & Montserrat Caballé (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Montserrat Caballé Primary Artist
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