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José Carreras Collection 6-disc Box Set

Jose Carreras Collection / Various
Release Date: 10/31/2006 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101417  
Composer:  Jules MassenetReynaldo HahnGabriel FauréJoaquin Turina,   ... 
Performer:  José Carreras
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (all)
No. of DVDs: 6

DISC 1: THE VIENNA COMEBACK (1988)

Live Concert from the Vienna State Opera, September 16, 1988.

In July 1987 the 40-year-old José Carreras was forced to accept the devastating diagnosis that he was suffering from leukaemia. After a year spent fighting to save the life of the world famous singer - at first with little hope of success - doctors finally achieved what they and hundred thousands of fans all over the world had been praying for. The charming Catalan won the fight against cancer and was able to start his comeback.

This liederabend is without doubt one of the
Read more most extraordinary evenings of vocal music in the glittering history of the Vienna State Opera. For it represents not simply a celebratory comeback to the stage after many months of absence: what it amounts to is nothing less than an artistic rebirth. When José Carreras took to the stage, the audience rose in unison and a banner was hoisted aloft in the stalls proclaiming the message everyone in the audience thought of: "José, we love you!"

DISC 2: LA GRANDE NOTTE A VERONA (1988)

Famous Arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini, Wagner, Ponchielli, Mascagni, Cilèa, Massenet, Debussy.

Featuring Montserrat Caballé, Ghena Dimitrova, René Kollo, Eva Marton, Leo Nucci, Elena Obraztsova, Ruggero Raimondi, Samuel Ramey, Mara Zampieri, Aprile Millo, Ileana Cotrubas, and more.
La Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid
José Collado and Carlo Franciz, Conductors
Recorded live at the Arena di Verona, 8 August 1988

* Exclusive and for the first time, Arthaus Musik presents this breathtaking concert on DVD. Recorded in August 1988 at the Arena di Verona, the gala - on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Arena di Verona Opera Festival - is one of the high acclaimed concerts of the last decades.
* This joint concert is hosted by the Spanish star tenor José Carreras. Together with an impressive array of stellar guests, famous singers from all over the world, he presents a magnificent bouquet of arias from operas, which were performed during the last 75 years in this antique place by unforgettable and great voices.
* Only the final piece, which brings the concert to a resounding close, is not an opera aria. José Carreras sings the song that has since become his personal signature tune: 'Granada' by Agustín Lara.
* Watching this programme and listening to the distinctive Arena sound, arouses the special feeling of being part of the audience on that night, only a stone's throw away from the stage.

DISC 3: A BOLSHOI OPERA NIGHT (1989)

Famous Arias by Verdi, Donizetti, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini, Wagner, Flotow, Leoncavallo, Borodin, Mussorgsky

Featuring Lucia Aliberti, Alfredo Kraus, Hermann Prey, Carlo Bergonzi, Alan Titus, Irina Archipowa, Luisa Bosabalian, Alida Ferrarini, Ljubow Kazarnovskaya, Jewgenij Nesterenko, Rolando Panerai

The Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre
Mark Ermler, Conductor

Recorded live at the Bolshoi Theatre, 6 September 1989

* This programme is not only a recording of an opera gala with an all-star cast. It is a historical document of a concert evening, which brings together eleven of the greatest opera-voices, with a superb programme of famous arias from Italian, Russian and German operas performed in one of the world's oldest and most prestigious opera houses – Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. The evening is hosted by no less than the Spanish star tenor José Carreras.
* Highlights of the gala include Lucia Aliberti singing Vincenzo Bellini's 'Ah se una volta sola' from La Sonnambula, and Alan Titus as Leoncavallo's Tonio from his masterpiece I pagliacci. Hermann Prey also featured, singing 'Lied an den Abendstern' from Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser.
* Exclusive and for the first time, the complete gala concert, including two rare and extraordinary interpretations of Russian arias from Mussorgsky and Borodin, is now released on DVD by Arthaus Musik.

DISC 4: MONSTERRAT CABELLE & JOSE CARRERAS (1989)

Famous ballads, arias and duets by Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Vivaldi, Bellini, Scarlatti, Lara, Stradella

José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé
Miguel Zannetti, piano

Recorded live at the Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, 5 September 1989

* A mere three weeks after his much-acclaimed return to operatic and concert performance at the Salzburg Festival in August 1989, José Carreras appeared in another important musical event – a joint concert with his Spanish compatriot, singer Montserrat Caballé, held in Moscow's famous Bolshoi Theatre.
* The concert opens with a medley of baroque and belcanto gems from the 17th and 18th centuries, including a rendition by José Carreras of arie antiche by Alessandro Scarlatti.
* Italian and Spanish songs form a central element in the programme for this concert, including three canzoni by Francesco Paolo Tosti and one by Salvatore Cardillo, favourites from Carreras' concert repertoire. These popular Italian songs are matched by several Spanish canciones popolares, sung by Montserrat Caballé.
* Last but not least, opera is of course represented – even though it is a genre that is not central to this particular programme – by 'Brindisi', Violetta and Alfred's champagne-fuelled drinking song from Act I of Verdi's La Traviata, and Lauretta's enchanting aria from Puccini's one-act opera Gianni Schicchi.

DISC 5: SALZBURG RECITAL (1989)

José Carreras sings Spanish and Italian repertoire, including Scarlatti, Stradella, de Falla, Obradors, Guastavino.

Martin Katz, piano
Recorded live at the Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, 15 August 1989

* Just one year after his highly acclaimed comeback at the Vienna State Opera, José Carreras returned to the same opera stage where he made his brilliant debut as a thirty-year-old: the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzburg.
* This same recital was staged a second time and was also relayed live to a giant screen at the city's Domplatz – a clear indication of the enormous affection in which he was held by the Salzburg public.
* The Spanish tenor repays such lively interest with an exclusive programme that includes no less than 23 songs and five encores.
* Whereas the first half of the evening was divided into three parts – works from the Italian baroque, French mélodies by Jules Massenet and canzoni by Francesco Paolo Tosti – the second half consisted entirely of Spanish works, focusing principally on the songs of Manuel de Falla.
* And if not the final encore of the evening, certainly its crowning moment is the song we have come to associate with José Carreras as his vocal trademark – 'Granada' by Agustìn Lara.

DISC 6: MISA CRIOLLA

The Second Vatican Council, convened between 1962 and 1965 in Rome at the invitation of Pope John XXIII, decided that masses no longer had to be sung exclusively in Latin but could also be celebrated in the local language of each country concerned. The response from musicians all over the world was as spontaneous as it was varied.

The most lasting success was enjoyed by the “Misa Criolla”, a work conceived by Ramirez as far back as 1963 that became popular all over the world following its first performance in Buenos Aires. It is a highly individual blend of musical inspiration, superb craftsmanship, deep religiosity and a profound knowledge of authentic South American folklore, all of which Ramirez has brought together to create a work that is a unique combination of folk and “classical” music - a musical mix that would be unthinkable for the central European musical tradition. It is therefore all the more surprising that the “Misa Criolla” went on to become such a success outside South America.

On the 21st June 1990, two years after his sensational and much acclaimed return to the opera stage and concert platform, he once again sang the solo part in the “Misa Criolla” – this time at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco, founded in the 18th century by Spanish priest Pater Serra. On both occasions the composer himself, Ariel Ramirez, played the organ or piano part.

As musical introduction to the performance of Ramirez’ “Misa Criolla” the recording starts with four songs by South American, Central American and Spanish composers, in which José Carreras is accompanied by Italian pianist Lorenzo Bavaj.

Artists:
JOSÉ CARRERAS - tenor; ARIEL RAMIREZ - organ, piano; DOMINGO CURA - percussion; LORENZO BAVAJ - piano; CUARTETO DE LOS ANDES; CORO DE LA BASILICA DEL SOCORRO
Ariel Ramirez (*1921)
MISA CRIOLLA

Alberto Evaristo Ginastera (1916-1983)
CANCIÓN AL ÃRBOL DEL OLVIDO

Carlos Guastavino (*1943)
LA ROSA Y EL SAUCE

Eduardo TOLDRÁ (1895-1962)
EL ROMANÇ DE SANTA LLÚCIA

Tata Nacho (1894-1968)
TENGO NOSTALGIA DE TI INTIMA

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Works on This Recording

1. Poème d'amour: no 3, Ouvre tes yeux bleus by Jules Massenet
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; France 
2. Chansons grises (7): no 5, L'heure exquise by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1893; France 
3. Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
4. Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19: no 2, Nunca olvida by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1923 
5. Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19: no 4, Los dos miedos by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Spain 
6. Intima by Tata Nacho
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Written: 1941 
7. Tengo nostalgia de ti intima by Tata Nacho
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
8. Sole e amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Italy 
9. Terra e mare by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Italy 
10. Menti all' avviso by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Italy 
11. Petrarch Sonnets (3), S 270 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1839/1861; Switzerland 
12. Apri! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
13. Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo più! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
14. Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
15. Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
16. Catari by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
17. Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
18. Dicitencello vuie by Rodolfo Falvo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
19. L'Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch'io vorrei "Lamento" by Francesco Cilèa
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897/1937; Italy 
20. Heart's melodies, Op. 5: no 3, I love thee by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; Norway 
21. Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 

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