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Romantic Nights / Bocelli, Pavarotti, Domingo, Lanza, Et Al


Release Date: 04/13/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63473   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges BizetNicholas BrodszkyVincenzo di CrescenzoGaetano Donizetti,   ... 
Performer:  Jan PeerceMario LanzaEnrico CarusoPlacido Domingo,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz ReinerRay SinatraJosef PasternackLuis Garcia-Navarro,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony OrchestraOrchestraBarcelona Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection includes both ADD and DDD, monaural and stereo recordings.
A mood-setting classical sampler, ROMANTIC NIGHTS draws upon a century of opera performances. The recordings date from Caruso's performance in 1917 to Bocelli in 1996, making what could be a one-note montage of romantic themes into a "history of opera" miniature. Of course, the significance of the recordings takes a backseat to the pleasure of the music. They are not filled with surprises, nor do they contrast greatly with each other. Despite the great age difference between recordings, the older pieces have been remastered to suit ears used to digital audio. The result is an enjoyable collection of music suitable for all occasions, not just the romantic ones.
This collection includes both ADD and DDD, monaural and stereo recordings.
A mood-setting classical sampler, ROMANTIC NIGHTS draws upon a century of opera performances. The recordings date from Caruso's performance in 1917 to Bocelli in 1996, making what could be a one-note montage of romantic themes into a "history of opera" miniature. Of course, the significance of the recordings takes a backseat to the pleasure of the music. They are not filled with surprises, nor do they contrast greatly with each other. Despite the great age difference between recordings, the older pieces have been remastered to suit ears used to digital audio. The result is an enjoyable collection of music suitable for all occasions, not just the romantic ones. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
2.
The Toast of New Orleans: Be My Love by Nicholas Brodszky
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ray Sinatra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/27/1950 
Venue:  Hollywood, California 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
3.
Premičre caresse by Vincenzo di Crescenzo
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 09/09/1919 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
4.
La Favorita: Spirto gentil by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Luis Garcia-Navarro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1843 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Barcelona, Spain 
Language: Italian 
5.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nino Bonavolontŕ
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/01/1967 
Venue:  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
Non ti scordar di me by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/25/1952 
Venue:  Radio Recorder, Hollywood, California 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Conductor:  Josef Pasternack
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/15/1917 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Jan Peerce (Tenor)
Conductor:  Warner Bass
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
Date of Recording: 01/18/1950 
Venue:  New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ralf Weikert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Giuditta: Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Alois Melichar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
11.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arthur Rother
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg State Opera Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Paul Plishka (Bass)
Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1972 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Dammi i colori..." 
13.
La Bohčme: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Nino Bonavolontŕ
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/01/1967 
Venue:  Live  Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1957 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
15.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Bavarian Radio Studio 1, Munich, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16.
La Luna by Schoener,
Performer:  Andrea Bocelli (Tenor), Helen Schneider (Soprano)
Conductor:  Eberhard Schoener
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Date of Recording: 1996 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection was recorded at the Wendelstein Studio, Miesbach, Germany, and the Hungarian Radio Studio, Budapest. 
17.
Il corraggio di dire ti amo by Testa,
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ennio Morricone
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Arranged: Ennio Morricone 
18.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Fernando Previtali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1960 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..." 
19.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jussi Björling (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jonel Perlea
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1955 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome, Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Se quel guerrier..." 
20.
Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  Arturo Basile
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Rome Opera House Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1959 
Venue:  Opera House, Rome, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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