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The Very Best Of Alfredo Kraus


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 86341   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartVincenzo BelliniGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe Verdi,   ... 
Performer:  Alfredo KrausAgostino FerrinMontserrat CaballéStefan Elenkov,   ... 
Conductor:  Karl BöhmRiccardo MutiMichelangelo VeltriSarah Caldwell,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian ChorusParis Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 28 Mins. 

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Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Alfredo Kraus. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Alfredo Kraus. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Così fan tutte, K 588: In qual fiero...Tradito, schernito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1962 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. I puritani: A te, o cara, amor talora by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Agostino Ferrin (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor),
Stefan Elenkov (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. I puritani: Son giá lontani...Corre a valle by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. I puritani: Vieni fra queste braccia by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michelangelo Veltri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Venue:  Live  Opera House, Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Opera House, Paris, France (12/20/1987 - 12/22/1987) 
7. Don Pasquale: Cercherò lontana terra by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Povero Ernesto!" 
8. Don Pasquale: Com' è gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Lucia di Lammermoor: Verranno a te sull' aure by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Qui di sposa..." 
11. Lucia di Lammermoor: Fra poco a me ricovero by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tombe degli avi miei..." 
12. Lucia di Lammermoor: Tu che a Dio spiegasti l'ali by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Robert Lloyd (Bass), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1983 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1980 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cynthia Buchan (Mezzo Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1980 
Length: 7 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lungi da lei..." 
15. Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 5 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ella mi fu rapita..." 
18. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19. Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Mignon Dunn (Mezzo Soprano),
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 5 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Un dì, se ben rammentomi..." 
20. La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21. La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22. La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1979 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "In un coupé?" 
23. La muette de Portici: Amis, la matinée by Daniel-François Auber
Performer:  Frédéric Vassar (Baritone), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Thomas Fulton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Jean Laforge Choral Ensemble
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1986 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: French 
24. Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: French 
25. Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
Date of Recording: 07/1982 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Je suis seul..." 
26. Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Date of Recording: 08/1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tout mon âme est là!..." 
27. Roméo et Juliette: Ange adorable [Madrigal] by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Catherine Malfitano (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: French 
28. Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
Date of Recording: 1983 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "L'amour, l'amour..." 
29. Faust: Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michelangelo Veltri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Venue:  Live  Paris Opera House 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins "Quel trouble inconnu me pénetre...".
Paris Opera House (12/20/1987 - 12/22/1987) 
30. La fille du régiment: Ah, mes amis...Pour mon âme by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Jean-Noël Bèguelin (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Campanella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opera Chorus,  Paris Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Venue:  Live  Salle Favart, Opéra-Comique, Paris 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Salle Favart, Opéra-Comique, Paris (05/14/1986 - 05/19/1986) 

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