Ultimate Opera [Box Set]

Ultimate Opera [Box Set]

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Decca has pulled together a blockbuster collection of many of opera's greatest hits from the standard repertoire. The selection is heavily weighted to the nineteenth century, and to Italian operas, but it does indeed offer a generous sampling of what the general public understands as the staples of the repertoire. It includes one Baroque aria, from

Overview

Decca has pulled together a blockbuster collection of many of opera's greatest hits from the standard repertoire. The selection is heavily weighted to the nineteenth century, and to Italian operas, but it does indeed offer a generous sampling of what the general public understands as the staples of the repertoire. It includes one Baroque aria, from Handel's "Rodelinda," and several from the Classical era -- two arias from Gluck's "Orfeo ed Eurydice," and seven from Mozart's operas -- and the rest range from the bel canto of Rossini to the verismo of Cilea and Puccini. The selection is primarily made up of arias, but includes ensembles, choruses, and orchestral excerpts. The majority of the pieces comes from Decca's catalog of complete studio opera recordings, most of them made in the '50s and '60s. Decca doesn't stint in offering some of its most outstanding performances -- the star-studded list of singers includes Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi, Birgit Nilsson, Marilyn Horne, Jussi Björling, Luciano Pavarotti, Franco Corelli, and Nicolai Ghiaurov. The performances are clearly labeled, identifying the singers, the conductor, and orchestra, making it easy for anyone wanting to seek out the complete recording from which an excerpt was taken to do so. Decca's sound during its golden age was state of the art, so the quality is good. This collection offers just what it claims to, and makes a generous introduction to the highlights of the standard repertoire.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/12/2007
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947583653
catalogNumber:
000895102
Rank:
35530

Tracks

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  2. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves: Va, pensiero
  3. Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Dove sei (Art thou troubled)
  4. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima
  5. Lakmé, opera: Bell Song: Ah ... où va la jeune Indoue
  6. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
  7. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Easter Hymn: Regina coeli
  8. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prize Song: Morgenlich leuchtend
  9. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus: Beglückt darf nun dich
  10. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon (Mesícku na nebi hlubokém)
  11. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  12. La favorita, opera: Spirito gentil
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice
  14. Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia
  15. Rigoletto, opera: Quartet: Bella figlia dell'amore
  16. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen)
  17. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet: Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmi
  18. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai
  19. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Trio: Soave sia il vento
  20. Faust, opera: Jewel Song: O Dieu! Que de bijoux!
  21. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearlfishers' Duet: C'est toi... Au fond du temple
  22. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana
  23. Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! Fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid
  24. Pagliacci, opera: Bell Chorus: I zampognari!... Don, din, don
  25. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller
  26. I Puritani, opera: Polonaise: Son vergin vezzosa
  27. Pagliacci, opera: Prologue: Si può? Si può?
  28. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte
  29. La Traviata, opera: Un dì felice
  30. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar!
  31. Tosca, opera: Te Deum: Tre sbirri, una carrozza
  32. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries
  33. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern (O
  34. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel!
  35. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano
  36. Il Trovatore, opera: Ah sì, ben mio
  37. Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor!
  38. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  39. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus
  40. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix
  41. Faust, opera: Serenade: Vous qui faites l'endormie
  42. Don Carlo, opera: O don fatale
  43. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!
  44. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie
  45. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
  46. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia
  47. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Toreador Song: Vivat! Vivat le torero!... Votre to
  48. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile
  49. Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa
  50. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade: Deh! Vieni alla finestra
  51. Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus: Vedi le fosche
  52. La bohème, opera: Musetta's Waltz Song: Quando me n'vò
  53. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono
  54. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
  55. Norma, opera: Casta diva
  56. Il Trovatore, opera: Stride la vampa
  57. Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba
  58. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino
  59. Turandot, opera: In questa reggia
  60. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Seguidilla: Près des remparts de Séville
  61. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Mi batte il cor!... O paradiso
  62. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicido!
  63. La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest'ora
  64. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise (Liebestod)
  65. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music
  66. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day)
  67. Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida
  68. La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude
  69. La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' liete calci
  70. Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella
  71. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Sogno di Doretta
  72. La favorita, opera: O mio Fernando
  73. La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Ch'ella mi creda
  74. Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta
  75. Il Trovatore, opera: Soldiers' Chorus: Squilli, echeggi
  76. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai
  77. I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Bolero: Mercè, dilette amiche
  78. Faust, opera: Le Veau d'or (Song of the Golden Calf)
  79. Andrea Chénier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un di all'azzurro spazio
  80. Otello, opera: Fire Chorus: Fuoco di giola
  81. L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico
  82. Aida, opera: O patria mia
  83. La Traviata, opera: Di Provenza il mar
  84. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete
  85. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira

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