The Very Best of Placido Domingo

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Plácido Domingo has effectively and prolifically recorded for a number of labels, both "major" and "minor." For any one of them to come forward with a package purporting to be The Very Best of Plácido Domingo is presupposing a lot. Although a few of the recordings in this two-disc compilation come from the early '70s, the vast majority are late-career performances from the 1980s and 1990s. Domingo took care of his instrument longer than practically any other male singer in the late twentieth century; that said, this two-disc set is not so much Domingo's "very best" as it is some of the better performances from a period where he was a little past his prime. In short, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Plácido Domingo has effectively and prolifically recorded for a number of labels, both "major" and "minor." For any one of them to come forward with a package purporting to be The Very Best of Plácido Domingo is presupposing a lot. Although a few of the recordings in this two-disc compilation come from the early '70s, the vast majority are late-career performances from the 1980s and 1990s. Domingo took care of his instrument longer than practically any other male singer in the late twentieth century; that said, this two-disc set is not so much Domingo's "very best" as it is some of the better performances from a period where he was a little past his prime. In short, The Very Best of Plácido Domingo is not bad, but Domingo himself has done better. The range of the material included here is truly impressive: here are excerpts from French, Russian, and Italian opera and Wagner, Mozart, Viennese operetta, zarazuelas, a Tchaikovsky song, and even a vocal version of the Finnish tango "Jalousie." About the only areas of Domingo's artistry not explored here would be his work as a non-singing conductor and as a pop singer, although Philips admittedly seems to have a stranglehold on Domingo's cataloge in that vein. It is a mixed bag nonetheless, as Domingo is clearly straining in some spots, trying to turn corners that he's having to drag his voice around. Even in the 1990s Domingo could still well outsing his brethren in the Three Tenors Pavarotti and Carreras, but it's not certain that an entire collection drawn from the recordings of that time is quite what the doctor ordered -- and this certainly does not represent Domingo at his "very best."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099964867625
  • Catalog Number: 48676
  • Sales rank: 75,465

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Il mio tesoro intanto - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Plácido Domingo (4:08)
  2. 2 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Plácido Domingo (4:11)
  3. 3 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Plácido Domingo (3:52)
  4. 4 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Plácido Domingo (3:17)
  5. 5 Giulio Cesare in Egitto, opera, HWV 17: Vani sono i lamenti... Svegliatevi nel core - George Frideric Handel & Plácido Domingo (4:58)
  6. 6 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Pays merveilleux... Ô paradis sorti de l'onde - Giacomo Meyerbeer & John Barker (3:08)
  7. 7 Faust, opera: Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre!... Salut! demeure - Charles Gounod & Plácido Domingo (5:30)
  8. 8 Le Cid, opera: Ah! tout est bien fini... Ô souverain, ô juge, ô p - Jules Massenet & Plácido Domingo (4:51)
  9. 9 None but the lonely heart, song for voice & piano, Op. 6/6 - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Randall Behr (3:18)
  10. 10 Eugene Onegin, opera, Op. 24: Lensky's aria - Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky & Randall Behr (6:18)
  11. 11 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Giacomo Puccini & Bruno Bartoletti (2:29)
  12. 12 Manon Lescaut, opera: Ah! Manon mi tradisce - Giacomo Puccini & Bruno Bartoletti (2:41)
  13. 13 Tosca, opera: Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia - Giacomo Puccini & Renato Capecchi (2:58)
  14. 14 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Giacomo Puccini & Plácido Domingo (3:14)
  15. 15 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano - Giacomo Puccini & John Barker (2:05)
  16. 16 Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Dai campi, dai prati - Arrigo Boito & Plácido Domingo (2:30)
  17. 17 Nerone, opera in 3 acts: Vergini Muse... Quando al soave anelito - Pietro Mascagni & Plácido Domingo (3:20)
  18. 18 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe - Richard Wagner & Plácido Domingo (5:45)
  19. 19 Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c: Was am besten er kann (Forging Song) - Richard Wagner & Plácido Domingo (6:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (4:25)
  2. 2 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Su, profetessa... Di' tu se fedele - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (4:08)
  3. 3 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Forse la soglia attinse... Ma se m'è forza perdert - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (5:17)
  4. 4 La forza del destino, opera: O, tu che in seno agli angeli - Giuseppe Verdi & Plácido Domingo (3:23)
  5. 5 Don Carlo, opera: Su, cacciator... Fountainebleau!... Io la vidi - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Maria Giulini (5:50)
  6. 6 Otello, opera: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) - Giuseppe Verdi & John Barker (5:42)
  7. 7 Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice), operetta (RV 510): Ach, wie so herrlich zu schau'n - Johann Strauss II & Plácido Domingo (3:35)
  8. 8 Der Vogelhändler, operetta: Schenkt man sich Rosen - Carl Zeller & Plácido Domingo (3:13)
  9. 9 Paganini, operetta in 3 acts: Gern Hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt - Franz Lehár & Plácido Domingo (3:31)
  10. 10 Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: O Vaterland... Da geh' ich zu Maxim - Franz Lehár & Plácido Domingo (2:23)
  11. 11 Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke"): Dein ist mein ganzes Herz! - Franz Lehár & Plácido Domingo (3:46)
  12. 12 Los Gavilanes, zarzuela: Mi aldea - Jacinto Guerrero & Plácido Domingo (3:49)
  13. 13 La Rosa del Azafrán, zarzuela: Canción del sembrador - Jacinto Guerrero & Plácido Domingo (4:11)
  14. 14 La Tabernera del Puerto, zarzuela: No puede ser - Pablo Sorozabal & Plácido Domingo (2:49)
  15. 15 Coplas de Ronda, zarzuela: Serenata - Francisco Alonso & Plácido Domingo (3:32)
  16. 16 Villancicos (3), for voice & guitar (from Retablo de Navidad): Coplillas de Belén - Joaquín Rodrigo & Manuel Barrueco (1:31)
  17. 17 Coplas del pastor enamorado, for voice & piano (or guitar) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Manuel Barrueco (3:51)
  18. 18 En Aranjuez con tu amor, for voice & piano (or guitar) (after the second movement of the Concierto de Aranjuez) - Joaquín Rodrigo & Plácido Domingo (2:52)
  19. 19 Jalousie (Jealousy), tango for orchestra - Jacob Gade (2:51)
  20. 20 La Golondrina, cançion for voice & piano - Spanish Traditional & Plácido Domingo (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Plácido Domingo Primary Artist
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