The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé

The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé

by Montserrat Caballé

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The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé

This EMI collection, The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé, could indeed be considered a "very best" of what Caballé has left in terms of a recorded legacy. Drawn from Caballé's EMI performances from the period 1970-1980, this collection captures her in the full bloom of her artistic prime. In regard to repertoire, this generous, two-disc set is heavily weighted toward Italian opera, in particular Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini; as a matter of fact, the whole second disc is devoted to the latter two names in toto. This should not be too surprising, as in these years, Caballé's London-based performances were mostly devoted to appearances in Italian opera productions. In order to provide contrast, EMI has wisely chosen to include a small number of songs by Joaquín Turina and Xavier Montsalvatge, where Caballé is sympathetically partnered with pianist Alexis Weissenberg. If you are looking for a "best of" or merely an introduction to the vocal art of Caballé, you can hardly go wrong here. The Spanish songs are especially enjoyable, but Caballé is likewise outstanding in all of the Italian opera that makes up the better part of this collection. The sound of these 1970s recordings is consistent from one track to the next and is excellent overall. The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé can be recommended without reservation, especially to those who are interested in hearing Caballé's singing without being particularly inclined to experience a full-length opera recording just in order to do so.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0724357589123
catalogNumber: 75891
Rank: 144443

Tracks

  1. Aida, opera: Act 1. Ritorna vincitor
  2. Aida, opera: Act 3. Qui Radames verrà...O patria mia
  3. La forza del destino, opera: Act 4. Pace, pace mio Dio
  4. Macbeth, opera: Act 4. Una macchia è qui tutt'ora
  5. Don Carlo, opera: Act 5. Tu che le vanità
  6. Otello, opera: Act 4. Ave Maria
  7. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Act 3. L'altra notte in fondo al mare
  8. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Voi lo sapete, o mamma
  9. Guillaume Tell (William Tell), opera: Act 2. Ils s'éloignent enfin...Sombre forêt
  10. Canto a Sevilla, song cycle for voice & orchestra, Op. 37: Las Fuentecitas del Parque
  11. Canciones negras, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Nos 1-5, complete
  12. Manon Lescaut, opera: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide
  13. La bohème, opera: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi
  14. La bohème, opera: Act 3. Donde lieta usci
  15. Tosca, opera: Act 2. Vissi d'arte
  16. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Un bel dì vedremo
  17. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Act 2. Tu, tu, piccolo iddio!
  18. Turandot, opera: Act 1. Signore, ascolta
  19. Turandot, opera: Act 2. Signore, ascolta
  20. Turandot, opera: Act 3. Tu che di gel sei cinta
  21. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro
  22. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Act 1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  23. I Puritani, opera: Act 1. Son vergin vezzosa
  24. I Puritani, opera: Act 2. O rendetemi la speme...Qui la voce sua soav
  25. I Puritani, opera: Act 2. Tornò il riso sul suo aspetto...Vien dilett
  26. Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi...
  27. Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Col sorriso d'innocenza...
  28. Il Pirata, opera: Act 2. Qual suono...Oh, Sole! ti vela di tenebre o

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