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Essential Opera


Release Date: 08/09/2005 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000491402   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges BizetGiacomo PucciniGiuseppe VerdiWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te KanawaLuciano PavarottiFrederica Von StadeHuguette Tourangeau,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiHerbert von KarajanRichard BonyngeFausto Cleva,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraNational Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
2.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Il trovatore: Vedi! le fosche notturne "Anvil Chorus" by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Voi che sapete che cosa è amor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
7.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
9.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Aida: Grand March by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1986 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1918; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1962 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Finch' han dal vino [Brindisi] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Bernd Weikl (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1987 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 1976 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1888).
Composition revised: Italy (1889). 
18.
Turandot: Ah! per l'ultima volta! (Act 1 Finale) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Tenor), Piero de Palma (Tenor), Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Non piangere Liù ... " 
19.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
20.
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habañera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir
Written: 1873-1874 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
21.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Non più andrai farfallone amoroso by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22.
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
23.
La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
24.
Turandot: Signore, ascolta by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
25.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Tom Krause (Baritone), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Brigitte Fassbaender (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/1977 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Gregory Cross (Tenor), Gino Quilico (Baritone)
Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: THis selection begins with "C'est toi..." 
28.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), Tom Krause (Baritone)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
29.
L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30.
Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1967 
Venue:  Salle Alcazar, Monte Carlo 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Sous le dôme..." 
31.
Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1971 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
32.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
34.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Gianni Maffeo (Baritone),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass), Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
35.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1972 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
36.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michael Kraus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
37.
Faust: Gloire immortelle [Soldiers' Chorus] by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 1966 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
38.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Leo Nucci (Baritone)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
39.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Cecilia Bartoli (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Patané
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1988 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Io sono dolcile..." 

Sound Samples

Carmen: Overture (Prelude)
Tosca / Act 2: "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"
Il Trovatore / Act 2: "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2: "Voi che sapete"
Rigoletto / Act 3: "Bella figlia dell'amore"
Nabucco / Act 3: Chorus: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
Carmen / Act 2: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
La Wally / Act 1: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: No.2 Cavatina: "Largo al factotum"
Aida / Act 2: "Gloria all'Egitto"
Gianni Schicchi: "Oh! mio babbino caro"
Turandot / Act 3: Nessun dorma!
Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Un bel dì vedremo
Don Giovanni / Act 1: "Fin ch'han dal vino"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: Donna non vidi mai
Cavalleria rusticana: Intermezzo
Turandot / Act 1: Non piangere Liù
Die Walküre: The Ride of the Valkyres
Carmen / Act 1: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise)
Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 / Act 1: "Non più andrai"
Madama Butterfly / Act 2: Humming Chorus
La traviata / Act 1: "Un dì felice, eterea"
Turandot / Act 1: Signore, ascolta
Così fan tutte / Act 1: "Soave sia il vento"
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: Una voce poco fa
Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1: "C'est toi"... "Au fond du temple saint"
Don Giovanni / Act 1: "Là ci darem la mano"
L'arlesiana / Act 2: E la solita storia (Lamento di Federico)
Lakmé / Act 1: Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet)
Rigoletto / Act 3: "La donna è mobile"
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3: "Dove sono i bei momenti"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
La Bohème / Act 1: "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
Die Zauberflöte / Act 1: "Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja"
Faust / Act 4: "Déposons les armes" (Soldiers' Chorus)

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 Opera in the Car August 27, 2013 By Pamela H. (Princeton, NJ) See All My Reviews "I love this CD--Great singers and selections! I bought this because I know almost all of the arias, and I wanted a CD to play on long trips when I have opera-loving passengers. Besides, when it's just me and the dog, I can sing along to my heart's content!" Report Abuse
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