Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments


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Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

"Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" is a generous 35-track opera collection that is an interesting departure from the average "opera hits" compilation in that it is sequenced for relaxation listening. Featured here are the expected opera tunes familiar from movie soundtracks and TV commercials, such as Puccini's "Un bel di" (from "Madame Butterfly"/Fatal Attraction), Delibes' "Lakmé Flower Duet," and others. But also included is less familiar, and no less attractive, fare such as the Intermezzo from Franz Schmidt's "Notre Dame" and a number from Mozart's unfinished opera "Zaide." All of these tracks are drawn from Deutsche Grammophon's standing catalog and feature top-rank performers, such as singers Bryn Terfel, Kiri te Kanawa, and Gundula Janowitz, and conductors Leonard Bernstein and Herbert von Karajan. Deep opera collectors will find little on "Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" that they don't already know, but for the general interest listener, this is close to an ideal package. "Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments" is easily recommendable on the basis of its abundant content, thoughtful programming, and in the quality of the individual performances.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947171720
catalogNumber: 471717
Rank: 129235


  1. Norma, opera: Casta Diva
  2. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle
  3. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  4. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Letter Duet
  6. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice
  7. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va pensiero
  8. L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor
  10. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming chorus
  11. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento
  12. La forza del destino, opera: Overture (excerpt)
  13. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di
  15. Louise, opera: Depuis le jour
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano
  17. Luisa Miller, opera: Quando le sere al placido
  18. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar
  19. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet
  20. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (duet)
  21. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga
  22. La Traviata, opera: Prelude
  23. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O Silver moon
  24. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am Laid in Earth
  25. Il Trovatore, opera: Miserre
  26. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte
  27. Notre Dame, opera: Intermezzo
  28. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta v
  29. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Largo)
  30. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus
  31. Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Ruhe sanft
  32. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Flower Duet
  33. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: [Unspecified] Entr'acte
  34. Norma, opera: Mira o Norma
  35. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Höchsten Heiles Wunder

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Mozart, Puccini, Verdi and others 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
"Rapture" is definitely a cd that contains beautiful opera music that helps facilitate calm and peaceful moods. I do concur with another reviewer that track one of cd two (Delibes: Lakme: Flower Duet) is very sublime. "Rapture" is best to get for anyone that is receptive to listen to uplifting opera and/or classical music.