The Very Best of Victoria de Los Angeles

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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...
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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2003
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 724357588829
  • Catalog Number: 75888

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giacomo Puccini & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (2:08)
  2. 2 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act II. Un bel dì vedremo - Giacomo Puccini & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (4:43)
  3. 3 La bohème, opera: Act I. Sì, Mi chiamano Mimì - Thomas Beecham & Giacomo Puccini (5:08)
  4. 4 Suor Angelica, opera: Senza mamma - Giacomo Puccini & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (4:47)
  5. 5 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete, o mamma - Pietro Mascagni & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (3:37)
  6. 6 Pagliacci, opera: Act I. Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!...Hui! Stridon - Ruggero Leoncavallo & Renato Cellini (4:43)
  7. 7 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Act I. Ebben? ne andrò lontana - Alfredo Catalani & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (3:42)
  8. 8 La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Act II. Nacqui all'affano...Non più mesta - Gioachino Rossini & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (6:01)
  9. 9 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Act I. Una voce poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Vittorio Gui (5:37)
  10. 10 La Traviata, opera: Act I. È strano!...Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera - Giuseppe Verdi & Teatro dell'Opera di Roma Chorus & Orchestra (8:46)
  11. 11 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Act II. Porgi, amor - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Victoria de Los Angeles (4:38)
  12. 12 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Dich, teure Halle - Richard Wagner & Anatole Fistoulari (4:47)
  13. 13 Lohengrin, opera, WWV 75: Act I. Einsam in trüben Tagen - Richard Wagner & Anatole Fistoulari (4:56)
  14. 14 Manon, comic opera in 5 acts: Act II. Je ne suis que faiblesse...Adieu, notre pe - Jules Massenet & Victoria de Los Angeles (3:53)
  15. 15 Faust, opera: Act III. Les grands seigneurs...Ah! je ris - Charles Gounod & André Cluytens (5:55)
  16. 16 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Act I. Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un ois - Georges Bizet & Thomas Beecham (5:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Auf Flügeln des Gesanges (On Wings of Song), song for voice & piano, Op. 34/2 - Felix Mendelssohn & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (2:41)
  2. 2 Jeg elsker Dig (I Love but Thee), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3 - Edvard Grieg & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (2:36)
  3. 3 Wiegenlied ("Guten Abend, gut Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 49/4 - Johannes Brahms & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (2:25)
  4. 4 Les Filles de Cadix, bolero for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Léo Delibes & Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (3:04)
  5. 5–9 Canciones negras, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Nos 1-5, complete - Xavier Montsalvatge & Rafael Alberti (11:31)
  6. 6 El Niño Judio, zarzuela: De España vengo - Pablo Luna & Paso Alvarez (4:53)
  7. 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 (1:32)
  8. 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 (1:39)
  9. 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 (2:23)
  10. 10 Baïlèro, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 2) - Joseph Canteloube & Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (4:48)
  11. 11 Chut, Chut, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 4) - Joseph Canteloube & Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (1:59)
  12. 12 Uno jionto Postouro (Une jolie bergère; Regret), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 7) - Joseph Canteloube & Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (2:57)
  13. 13 Joshua, oratorio, HWV 64: Oh! had I Jubal's lyre - George Frideric Handel & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:56)
  14. 14 An die Musik ("Du holde Kunst..."), song for voice & piano, D. 547 (Op. 88/4) - Franz Schubert & Victoria de Los Angeles (3:03)
  15. 15 Dein blaues Auge hält so still, song for voice & piano, Op. 59/8 - Johannes Brahms & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:11)
  16. 16 Vergebliches Ständchen ("Guten Abend, mein Schatz"), song for voice & piano, Op. 84/4 - Johannes Brahms & Victoria de Los Angeles (1:39)
  17. 17 L'invitation au voyage ("Mon enfant, ma soeur"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) - Henri Duparc & Victoria de Los Angeles (4:11)
  18. 18 Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano): La Flûte enchantée - Maurice Ravel & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:49)
  19. 19 Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson espagnole - Maurice Ravel & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:38)
  20. 20 Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson française - Maurice Ravel & Victoria de Los Angeles (1:56)
  21. 21 Chants populaires, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra): Chanson italienne - Maurice Ravel & Victoria de Los Angeles (1:24)
  22. 22 Clavelitos!, for voice & piano - Joaquín "Quinito" Valverde Sanjuán & Victoria de Los Angeles (1:45)
  23. 23 Malagueña (Cantos populares españolas, No. 6) - Joaquin Nin & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:41)
  24. 24 Granadina - Joaquin Nin & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:01)
  25. 25 Adiós, Grenada (from "Emigrantes") - Tomás Barrera / Rafael Calleja & Victoria de Los Angeles (2:13)
  26. 26 La Tarántula, zarzuela: Zapateado - Jerónimo Giménez & Alicia de Larrocha (1:46)
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Victoria de Los Angeles Primary Artist
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