Ultimate Opera [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947583653
  • Catalog Number: 000895102
  • Sales rank: 31,867

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro - Giovacchino Forzano & Giacomo Puccini (2:11)
  2. 2 Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves: Va, pensiero - Giuseppe Verdi & Roberto Benaglio (4:47)
  3. 3 Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi, opera, HWV 19: Dove sei (Art thou troubled) - Marilyn Horne & George Frideric Handel (6:55)
  4. 4 L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima - Gaetano Donizetti & Francesco Molinari-Pradelli (4:49)
  5. 5 Lakmé, opera: Bell Song: Ah ... où va la jeune Indoue - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (7:52)
  6. 6 Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle - Franco Corelli & Giacomo Puccini (3:10)
  7. 7 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Easter Hymn: Regina coeli - Pietro Mascagni & Terry Edwards (5:26)
  8. 8 Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prize Song: Morgenlich leuchtend - Richard Wagner & Vienna State Opera Orchestra (4:22)
  9. 9 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus: Beglückt darf nun dich - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (5:03)
  10. 10 Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon (Mesícku na nebi hlubokém) - Jaroslav Kvapil & Antonin Dvorák (6:11)
  11. 11 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni & Guido Menasci (3:57)
  12. 12 La favorita, opera: Spirito gentil - Gaetano Donizetti & Edward Downes (5:28)
  13. 13 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice - Teresa Berganza & Christoph Willibald Gluck (3:50)
  14. 14 Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia - Franco Corelli & Giacomo Puccini (2:49)
  15. 15 Rigoletto, opera: Quartet: Bella figlia dell'amore - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (5:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina (Your tiny hand is frozen) - Giacomo Puccini & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (4:42)
  2. 2 Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet: Viens, Mallika... Dôme épais le jasmi - Léo Delibes & Joan Sutherland (6:04)
  3. 3 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Non più andrai - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & István Kertész (3:53)
  4. 4 Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Trio: Soave sia il vento - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Brigitte Fassbaender (2:40)
  5. 5 Faust, opera: Jewel Song: O Dieu! Que de bijoux! - Charles Gounod & Joan Sutherland (4:36)
  6. 6 Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Pearlfishers' Duet: C'est toi... Au fond du temple - Georges Bizet & Jean Borthayre (8:52)
  7. 7 La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana - Fausto Cleva & Alfredo Catalani (4:53)
  8. 8 Luisa Miller, opera: Oh! Fede negar potessi... Quando le sere al placid - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (4:58)
  9. 9 Pagliacci, opera: Bell Chorus: I zampognari!... Don, din, don - Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Ruggero Leoncavallo (4:04)
  10. 10 Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller - Jules Massenet & Alfred Blau (3:03)
  11. 11 I Puritani, opera: Polonaise: Son vergin vezzosa - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (3:06)
  12. 12 Pagliacci, opera: Prologue: Si può? Si può? - National Philharmonic Orchestra & Ruggero Leoncavallo (5:28)
  13. 13 Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte - Kiri Te Kanawa & Giacomo Puccini (3:20)
  14. 14 La Traviata, opera: Un dì felice - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:30)
  15. 15 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Jussi Björling (4:58)
  16. 16 Tosca, opera: Te Deum: Tre sbirri, una carrozza - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (5:02)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: The Ride of the Valkyries - Berit Lindholm & Richard Wagner (6:24)
  2. 2 Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Wie Todesahnung... O du, mein holder Abendstern (O - Richard Wagner & Tom Krause (5:45)
  3. 3 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che puro ciel! - Teresa Berganza & Christoph Willibald Gluck (4:47)
  4. 4 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & István Kertész (3:28)
  5. 5 Il Trovatore, opera: Ah sì, ben mio - Giuseppe Verdi & Carlo Bergonzi (3:10)
  6. 6 Aida, opera: Ritorna vincitor! - Giuseppe Verdi & Leontyne Price (7:44)
  7. 7 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Flower Song: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée - Georges Bizet & Plácido Domingo (3:59)
  8. 8 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming Chorus - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (3:01)
  9. 9 Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix - Marilyn Horne & Camille Saint-Saëns (6:37)
  10. 10 Faust, opera: Serenade: Vous qui faites l'endormie - Nicolai Ghiaurov & Charles Gounod (3:01)
  11. 11 Don Carlo, opera: O don fatale - Giuseppe Verdi & Grace Bumbry (5:04)
  12. 12 Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta! - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:41)
  13. 13 Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effigie - Francesco Cilèa & Franco Capuana (2:12)
  14. 14 Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour - Jacques Offenbach & Joan Sutherland (4:18)
  15. 15 Un ballo in maschera, opera: Morrò, ma prima in grazia - Giuseppe Verdi & Oliviero de Fabritiis (4:56)
  16. 16 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Toreador Song: Vivat! Vivat le torero!... Votre to - Georges Bizet & John Alldis (6:55)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:26)
  2. 2 Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), opera: Una voce poco fa - Gioachino Rossini & Teresa Berganza (6:14)
  3. 3 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Serenade: Deh! Vieni alla finestra - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Gabriel Bacquier (2:07)
  4. 4 Il Trovatore, opera: Anvil Chorus: Vedi le fosche - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:57)
  5. 5 La bohème, opera: Musetta's Waltz Song: Quando me n'vò - Giacomo Puccini & Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (2:50)
  6. 6 Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Kiri Te Kanawa (5:08)
  7. 7 Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & István Kertész (2:42)
  8. 8 Norma, opera: Casta diva - Vicenzo Bellini & Joan Sutherland (6:35)
  9. 9 Il Trovatore, opera: Stride la vampa - Giuseppe Verdi & Alberto Erede (3:01)
  10. 10 Pagliacci, opera: Recitar!... Vesti la giubba - Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Ruggero Leoncavallo (3:40)
  11. 11 Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Finch'han dal vino - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & István Kertész (1:30)
  12. 12 Turandot, opera: In questa reggia - Giacomo Puccini & Joan Sutherland (6:41)
  13. 13 Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Seguidilla: Près des remparts de Séville - Georges Bizet & L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (4:02)
  14. 14 L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Mi batte il cor!... O paradiso - Giacomo Meyerbeer & Carlo Bergonzi (3:05)
  15. 15 La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicido! - Amilcare Ponchielli & Elena Souliotis (4:26)
  16. 16 La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest'ora - Giuseppe Verdi & Ettore Bastianini (4:16)
  17. 17 Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise (Liebestod) - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (7:06)
  18. 18 Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Magic Fire Music - Richard Wagner & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:39)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di (One fine day) - Giacomo Puccini & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (4:41)
  2. 2 Aida, opera: Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste Aida - Giuseppe Verdi & Leone Magiera (4:37)
  3. 3 La Traviata, opera: Act 1. Prelude - Giuseppe Verdi & Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra (4:03)
  4. 4 La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' liete calci - Giuseppe Verdi & Joan Sutherland (3:09)
  5. 5 Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (1:51)
  6. 6 La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Sogno di Doretta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:46)
  7. 7 La favorita, opera: O mio Fernando - Gaetano Donizetti & Richard Bonynge (3:50)
  8. 8 La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Ch'ella mi creda - Giacomo Puccini & Jussi Björling (2:36)
  9. 9 Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta - Giacomo Puccini & Giuseppe Adami (2:58)
  10. 10 Il Trovatore, opera: Soldiers' Chorus: Squilli, echeggi - Giuseppe Verdi & Richard Bonynge (2:06)
  11. 11 Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai - Giuseppe Giacosa & Giacomo Puccini (2:45)
  12. 12 I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes): Bolero: Mercè, dilette amiche - Giuseppe Verdi & Maria Chiara (3:44)
  13. 13 Faust, opera: Le Veau d'or (Song of the Golden Calf) - Nicolai Ghiaurov & Charles Gounod (2:13)
  14. 14 Andrea Chénier, opera: Colpito qui m'avete... Un di all'azzurro spazio - Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra & Umberto Giordano (5:07)
  15. 15 Otello, opera: Fire Chorus: Fuoco di giola - Giuseppe Verdi & Saint Cecilia Academy Orchestra (2:48)
  16. 16 L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico - Francesco Cilèa & Jussi Björling (5:02)
  17. 17 Aida, opera: O patria mia - Giuseppe Verdi & Anita Cerquetti (6:37)
  18. 18 La Traviata, opera: Di Provenza il mar - Giuseppe Verdi & Berlin State Opera Orchestra (4:46)
  19. 19 Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete - Pietro Mascagni & Oliviero de Fabritiis (3:55)
  20. 20 Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira - Giuseppe Verdi & Athos Cesarini (3:41)
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