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Very Best of Victoria de Los Angeles
     

The Very Best of Victoria de Los Angeles

by Victoria de Los Angeles
 
The Very Best of Victoria de Los Angeles is a superior representation of the soprano's career. The two-disc set begins with a well-rounded selection of arias, from Mozart to Gounod to Wagner to Puccini, followed by examples of her concert and recital repertoire. The

Overview

The Very Best of Victoria de Los Angeles is a superior representation of the soprano's career. The two-disc set begins with a well-rounded selection of arias, from Mozart to Gounod to Wagner to Puccini, followed by examples of her concert and recital repertoire. The recording dates also cover her full career, from the Wagner and Mozart arias recorded in 1950 to her memorable "Songs of the Auvergne" recording from 1975. The fact that some of these are mono recordings really isn't as noticeable as you might expect, thanks to the magic of digital remastering. The arias are some of the most familiar, but the true highlight of the opera selections is her vocal skills. Listen to "Ebben? Ne andrò lontana" from "La Wally" or "Una voce poco fa" from "The Barber of Seville" to hear the way she moves from the top to the bottom of her range with little trouble at all and the way she performs fast scales or ornaments without blurring notes together. In addition to these skills, her interpretations are affecting, particularly in the songs, and her voice is warm and strong. The second disc contains the complete "Cinco Canciones negras" by Montsalvatge and songs from Falla's "El Amor brujo," two works for which her interpretations are usually considered the standard. Other songs range from Handel to Grieg to Ravel, along with other Spanish works. An extra treat is "Adios, Granada," in which de los Angeles accompanies herself on the guitar as she sings.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0724357588829
catalogNumber:
75888

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Gabriele Santini
    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:08)
  2. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act II. Un bel dì vedremo

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Gabriele Santini
    1. Act II. Un bel dì vedremo  (04:43)
  3. La bohème, opera: Act I. Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Thomas Beecham
    • Jussi Björling
    • RCA Victor Orchestra
    • Gabriele Santini
    1. Act I. Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì  (05:08)
  4. Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma

    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Tullio Serafin
    1. Senza mamma  (04:47)
  5. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete, o mamma

    • Pietro Mascagni
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Giuseppe Morelli
    1. Voi lo sapete, o mamma  (03:37)
  6. Pagliacci, opera: Act I. Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!...Hui! Stridon

    • Ruggero Leoncavallo
    • Renato Cellini
    • RCA Victor Orchestra
    1. Act I. Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!...Hui! Stridono lassù  (04:43)
  7. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Act I. Ebben? ne andrò lontana

    • Alfredo Catalani
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Giuseppe Morelli
    1. Act I. Ebben? ne andrò lontana  (03:42)
  8. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Act II. Nacqui all'affano...Non più mesta

    • Gioachino Rossini
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Giuseppe Morelli
    1. Act II. Nacqui all'affano...Non più mesta  (06:01)
  9. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act I. Una voce poco fa

    • Gioachino Rossini
    • Vittorio Gui
    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    1. Act I. Una voce poco fa  (05:37)
  10. La Traviata, opera: Act I. È strano!...Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera

    • Giuseppe Verdi
    • Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra
    • Carlo del Monte
    • Tullio Serafin
    1. Act I. È strano!...Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera  (08:46)
  11. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act II. Porgi, amor

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    • Walter Süsskind
    1. Act II. Porgi, amor  (04:38)
  12. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich, teure Halle

    • Richard Wagner
    • Anatole Fistoulari
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Dich, teure Halle  (04:47)
  13. Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act I. Einsam in trüben Tagen

    • Richard Wagner
    • Anatole Fistoulari
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Act I. Einsam in trüben Tagen  (04:56)
  14. Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act II. Je ne suis que faiblesse...Adieu, notre pe

    • Jules Massenet
    • Pierre Monteux
    • Paris Opéra-Comique Orchestra
    1. Act II. Je ne suis que faiblesse...Adieu, notre petite table  (03:53)
  15. Faust, opera: Act III. Les grands seigneurs...Ah! je ris

    • Charles Gounod
    • André Cluytens
    • Paris National Opera Orchestra
    1. Act III. Les grands seigneurs...Ah! je ris  (05:55)
  16. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act I. Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un ois

    • Georges Bizet
    • Thomas Beecham
    • ORTF Chorus
    • ORTF National Orchestra
    1. Act I. Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)  (05:06)

Disc 2

  1. Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2  - Felix Mendelssohn  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  - Heinrich Heine  -  City of London Sinfonia  (02:41)
  2. Jeg elsker Dig (I Love but Thee), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3  - Edvard Grieg  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  - von Holstein  -  City of London Sinfonia  (02:36)
  3. Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4  - Johannes Brahms  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  - Georg Scherer  -  City of London Sinfonia  (02:25)
  4. Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Léo Delibes  - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos  - Alfred de Musset  -  City of London Sinfonia  (03:04)
  5. Canciones negras, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Nos 1-5, complete

    • Xavier Montsalvatge
    • Rafael Alberti
    • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    • Nicolas Guillen
    • Nestor Lujan
    • Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
    • Idefonso Pereda Valdes
    1. Cuba dentro de un piano  (04:02)
    2. Chévre  (01:55)
    3. Punto de habanera  (01:55)
    4. Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito  (02:20)
    5. Canto negro  (01:19)
  6. El Niño Judio, zarzuela: De España vengo

    • Pablo Luna
    • Paso Alvarez
    • Enrique Garcia Alvarez
    • Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
    • City of London Sinfonia
    1. De España vengo  (04:53)
  7. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Canción del amor dolido

    • Manuel de Falla
    • Carlo Maria Giulini
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Canción del amor dolido  (01:32)
  8. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version): Canción del fuego fatuo

    • Manuel de Falla
    • Carlo Maria Giulini
    • New Philharmonia Orchestra
    1. Canción del fuego fatuo  (01:39)
  9. La Pastoura al Camps (La begère aux champs), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 1)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Pierre Jacquillat  -  Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux  (02:23)
  10. Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Pierre Jacquillat  -  Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux  (04:48)
  11. Chut, Chut, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 4)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Pierre Jacquillat  -  Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux  (01:59)
  12. Uno jionto Postouro (Une jolie bergère; Regret), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 7)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Pierre Jacquillat  -  Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux  (02:57)
  13. Joshua, oratorio, HWV 64: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre

    • George Frideric Handel
    • Gerald Moore
    1. Oh! had I Jubal's lyre  (02:56)
  14. An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4)  - Franz Schubert  - Gerald Moore  (03:03)
  15. Dein blaues Auge hält so still, song for voice & piano, Op. 59/8  - Johannes Brahms  - Gerald Moore  (02:11)
  16. Vergebliches Ständchen ("Guten Abend, mein Schatz"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/4  - Johannes Brahms  - Gerald Moore  (01:39)
  17. L'invitation au voyage ("Mon enfant, ma soeur"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Henri Duparc  -  Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra  - Georges Prêtre  (04:11)
  18. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano): La Flûte enchantée

    • Maurice Ravel
    • Paris Conservatory Concert Society Orchestra
    • Georges Prêtre
    1. La Flûte enchantée  (02:49)
  19. Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson espagnole

    • Maurice Ravel
    • Gonzalo Soriano
    1. Chanson espagnole  (02:38)
  20. Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson française

    • Maurice Ravel
    • Gonzalo Soriano
    1. Chanson française  (01:56)
  21. Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson italienne

    • Maurice Ravel
    • Gonzalo Soriano
    1. Chanson italienne  (01:24)
  22. Clavelitos!, for voice & piano  - Quinito Valverde  - Gerald Moore  (01:45)
  23. Malagueña (Cantos populares españolas, No. 6)  -  Joaquin Nin  - Gerald Moore  (02:41)
  24. Granadina  -  Joaquin Nin  - Gerald Moore  (02:01)
  25. Adiós, Grenada (from "Emigrantes")  -  Tomás Barrera / Rafael Calleja  (02:13)
  26. La Tarántula, zarzuela: Zapateado

    • Jerónimo Giménez
    • Alicia de Larrocha
    1. Zapateado  (01:46)

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