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The Ave Maria Album / Price, Lanza, Caruso, Domingo


Release Date: 08/11/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63260   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Charles GounodFranz SchubertPietro MascagniPercy Kahn,   ... 
Performer:  Placido DomingoLeontyne PriceGeorge DeckerFritz Kreisler,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmuth FroschauerWilliam SelfRoberto AbbadoGeorge Stoll,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony OrchestraSt. Thomas Men and Boy's ChoirMunich Radio Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Perhaps an alternate title for this disc could be EVERYTHING YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT "AVE MARIA" BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK. Indeed, this compilation provides the listener with both historical and current renditions of this often-set, often-arranged sacred text. The performances range from Rosa Ponselle to Jerry Hadley, with each artist singing a different version of the same work.
For example, Placido Domingo, Rosa Ponselle, Leontyne Price, Jeanette MacDonald (sans Nelson Eddy), John McCormack, and Mario Lanza all sing the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria," with very individual results. Two operatic "Ave Maria" settings make a nice addition to the disc. The heart wrenching "Ave Maria" from Verdi's 'Otello' is sung by three sopranos, all
Read more contributing excellent performances.
John McCormack's English-language version of Mascagni's "Ave Maria" from 'Cavalleria Rusticana' certainly highlights the famous Irish tenor's voice, but it is hard to make out the words due to the age of the original recording. And possibly the most unique track on this disc is Percy B. Kahn's "Ave Maria," made popular in its day by Enrico Caruso. It is a lovely piece, reminiscent of an Italian love song, and the Caruso sound shines through. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
2. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano), George Decker (Organ)
Conductor:  William Self
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
3. Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Vincent O'Brien (Piano), John McCormack (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Language: English 
Notes: This intermezzo has been adapted as "Ave Maria", a very popular
arrangement in its day. 
4. Ave Maria by Percy Kahn
Performer:  Mischa Elman (Violin), Percy Kahn (Piano), Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
5. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
6. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  George Stoll
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
7. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mischa Schmidt (Violin), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
8. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arthur Fiedler Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
9. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Helmuth Froschauer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
10. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jeanette MacDonald (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Bamboschek
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
11. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
12. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 
13. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Vincent O'Brien (Piano), John McCormack (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
14. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Kosti Vehanen (Piano), Marian Anderson (Alto)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
15. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Constantin Callinicos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
16. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Italy 

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