Vissi d'arte: The Magnificent Voice of Montserrat Caballé

Vissi d'arte: The Magnificent Voice of Montserrat Caballé

by Montserrat CaballéMontserrat Caballé


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No one floated soft high notes as exquisitely as Montserrat Caballé. The great Catalan lyric soprano had a big, powerful voice, too, that could fill the balcony, but when singing sotto voce, she was in a class by herself. Listen, for example, to her way with a rarity such as "Depuis le jour" from Charpentier's Louise, included on this excellent two-disc overview of Caballé's art, to sample some stunning pianissimos high above the staff. She was also blessed with a richly colored voice that remained remarkably even throughout its range (try the virtuoso "Come scoglio" from Mozart's Così fan tutte, which opens the program, for some impressive vocal acrobatics), and she had a seemingly innate ability to shape a melodic line beautifully (listen to the blissful way she begins Meyerbeer's "O beau pays de la Touraine" or her heartrending performance of Liu's "Signore, ascolta!" from Turandot -- talk about soft high notes!). She may have lacked the burning intensity of Callas or the sparkle of Sutherland -- arguably her two greatest contemporaries -- but Caballé's voice, certainly one of the finest of the century, was uniquely adaptable to a wide range of roles. And, indeed, wide-ranging is a fitting description of this collection, including 18th-century and bel canto music, selections from Verdi, French and verismo composers, and even the stirring final scene from Strauss' Salome. Perhaps it's best that there's no sample from Barcelona, Caballé's infamous duet album with Freddie Mercury, but we do get some great tenors singing along here -- Pavarotti, Bergonzi, Carreras, and others -- as well as Dame Joan in the great duet scene from Norma. As for the title track, Puccini's celebrated "Vissi d'arte," Caballé's fervent and touching performance is worth the price of the album alone.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2003
Label: Decca Import
UPC: 0028947370420
catalogNumber: 473704


  1. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Temerari! Sortite ... Come scoglio immoto resta
  2. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Ei parte, senti, ah no!
  3. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Per pietà, ben mio, perdona
  4. Il Corsaro, opera: Nè sulla terra creatura alcuna
  5. Il Corsaro, opera: Ah conforto è sol la speme
  6. Il Corsaro, opera: La terra, il ciel m'abborrino
  7. I Masnadieri, opera: Venerabile o padre
  8. I Masnadieri, opera: Lo sguardo avea degli angeli
  9. I Masnadieri, opera: Qual mare, qual terra
  10. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera: Quant' è grato all'alma mia
  11. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, opera: Questo cor ben lo comprende
  12. Les Huguenots, grand opera in 5 acts: Ô beau pays de la Touraine
  13. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!
  14. Turandot, opera: Tu che di gel sei cinta
  15. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Suicidio!
  16. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: La barca s'avvicina
  17. Andrea Chénier, opera: La mamma morta
  18. Andrea Chénier, opera: Vicino a te
  19. Andrea Chénier, opera: La nostra morte è il trionfo dell'amor!
  20. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Ecco l'orrido campo
  21. Un ballo in maschera, opera: Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
  22. Un ballo in maschera, opera: M'ami, m'ami!
  23. Luisa Miller, opera: Padre, ricevi l'estremo addio
  24. Mefistofele, opera in prologue, 4 acts & epilogue: Notte cupa, truce
  25. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte
  26. Louise, opera: Depuis le jour
  27. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Ah! Verranno a te sull'aure
  28. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono mi colpi di sua voce!
  29. Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Ardon gli incensi
  30. Norma, opera: Mi chiami, o Norma!
  31. Norma, opera: Deh! Con te, con te li prendi
  32. Norma, opera: Mira, o Norma
  33. Norma, opera: Sì, fino all'ore estreme
  34. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Es ist kein Laut zu vernehmen (Closing Scene)

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