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Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments
     

Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

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"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

Overview

"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:
158138

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Norma, opera: Casta Diva

    1. Casta Diva  (05:54)
  2. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Barcarolle

    1. Barcarolle  (03:51)
  3. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? ne andrò lontana

    1. Ebben? ne andrò lontana  (04:18)
  4. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Intermezzo

    1. Intermezzo  (03:32)
  5. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Letter Duet

    1. Letter Duet  (03:28)
  6. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Che farò senza Euridice

    1. Che farò senza Euridice  (03:42)
  7. Nabucco, opera (Nabucodonosor): Va pensiero

    1. Va pensiero  (04:00)
  8. L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima

    1. Una furtiva lagrima  (04:29)
  9. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi amor

    1. Porgi amor  (04:20)
  10. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Humming chorus

    1. Humming chorus  (03:07)
  11. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento

    1. Soave sia il vento  (03:26)
  12. La forza del destino, opera: Overture (excerpt)

    1. Overture (excerpt)  (02:05)
  13. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Un'aura amorosa

    1. Un'aura amorosa  (04:30)
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di

    1. Un bel di  (05:03)
  15. Louise, opera: Depuis le jour

    1. Depuis le jour  (06:12)
  16. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Là ci darem la mano

    1. Là ci darem la mano  (03:39)
  17. Luisa Miller, opera: Quando le sere al placido

    1. Quando le sere al placido  (03:29)
  18. Fidelio, opera, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar

    1. Mir ist so wunderbar  (05:07)

Disc 2

  1. Lakmé, opera: Flower Duet

    1. Flower Duet  (05:04)
  2. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (duet)

    1. Au fond du temple saint (duet)  (06:03)
  3. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga

    1. Lascia ch'io pianga  (04:17)
  4. La Traviata, opera: Prelude

    1. Prelude  (03:39)
  5. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O Silver moon

    1. O Silver moon  (05:50)
  6. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: When I am Laid in Earth

    1. When I am Laid in Earth  (04:43)
  7. Il Trovatore, opera: Miserre

    1. Miserre  (05:12)
  8. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte

    1. Vissi d'arte  (03:39)
  9. Notre Dame, opera: Intermezzo

    1. Intermezzo  (04:43)
  10. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta v

    1. Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta voix)  (05:31)
  11. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu (Largo)

    1. Ombra mai fu (Largo)  (03:03)
  12. Tannhäuser, opera, WWV 70: Pilgrim's Chorus

    1. Pilgrim's Chorus  (03:31)
  13. Zaide, opera, K. 344 (K. 336b): Ruhe sanft

    1. Ruhe sanft  (06:41)
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Flower Duet

    1. Flower Duet  (05:05)
  15. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: [Unspecified] Entr'acte

    1. [Unspecified] Entr'acte  (03:01)
  16. Norma, opera: Mira o Norma

    1. Mira o Norma  (05:41)
  17. Parsifal, opera, WWV 111: Höchsten Heiles Wunder

    1. Höchsten Heiles Wunder  (04:49)

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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.