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The Tenors Of The Century


Release Date: 01/12/1999 
Label:  Dg Double Catalog #: 459362   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo MeyerbeerRichard WagnerGiacomo PucciniJacques Offenbach,   ... 
Performer:  Enrico CarusoPeter AndersHedwig Von DebickaHelge Rosvaenge,   ... 
Conductor:  Ferdinand LeitnerManfred GurlittAntonino VottoCarlo Rizzi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State OrchestraOrchestraFlorence Maggio Musicale Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 2 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Starting with Caruso, this compilation gathers together the greatest tenors on record -- Pavarotti, Domingo, Wunderlich, di Stefano, Corelli, and more -- singing some of the greatest music written for the human voice. Starting with Caruso, this compilation gathers together the greatest tenors on record -- Pavarotti, Domingo, Wunderlich, di Stefano, Corelli, and more -- singing some of the greatest music written for the human voice. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Enrico Caruso (Tenor)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Morgenlich leuchtend by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Peter Anders (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Madama Butterfly: Viene la sera...Bimba dagli occhi pieni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Hedwig Von Debicka (Soprano), Helge Rosvaenge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Manfred Gurlitt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Sándor Kónya (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antonino Votto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Il était une fois "Kleinzach Legend" by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), José Carreras (Tenor), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor),
Roberto Alagna (Tenor), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
6.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Alfredo Mariotti (Bass), Franco Corelli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Written: 1876 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Wenn der Freude Tränen fliessen by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Peter Schreier (Tenor)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ernst Haefliger (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Die Walküre: Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: German 
12.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Se quel guerrier io fossi!"
This selection is a DDD recording. 
13.
Die lustige Witwe: Da geh' ich zu Maxim by Franz Lehár
Performer:  René Kollo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins "O Vaterland..." 
14.
West Side Story: Maria by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
15.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
16.
Lohengrin: In fernem Land by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Siegfried Jerusalem (Tenor), Kurt Moll (Bass)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
17.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Neil Shicoff (Tenor), Gunter Emerlich ()
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Written: 1879 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
18.
La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
19.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
20.
La traviata: De' miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Lunge da lei..."
This selection is a DDD recording. 
21.
Der fliegende Holländer: Mein Herz voll Treue bis zum Sterben by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Wolfgang Windgassen (Tenor)
Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: German 
22.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  Mario Del Monaco (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "Ella mi fu rapita..." 
24.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
25.
Paloma querida by José Ximénez
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Daniel Garcia Blanco
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mariachi Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
26.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins "La vita è inferno..."
This selection is a DDD recording. 
27.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ecco ridente in cielo by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Renato Cesari (Baritone), Luigi Alva (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

L'Africaine / Act 4: O Paradiso (sung in Italian)
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg / Act 3: "Morgenlich leuchtend"
Madama Butterfly - sung in German / Act 1: Mädchen, in deinen Augen liegt ein Zauber
Pagliacci - original version / Act 1: "Recitar!...Vesti la giubba"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: Donna non vidi mai (Des Grieux)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann - original version / Act 1: "Il était une fois à la cour d'Eisenach" (La légende de Kleinzach)
Tosca / Act 1: "Recondita armonia"
Der fliegende Holländer / Act 2: "Mein Herz, voll Treue bis zum Sterben"
Rigoletto / Act 2: Ella mi fu rapita -Parmi veder le lagrime
Die Zauberflöte, K.620 / Act 1: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (Tamino)
La Gioconda / Act 2: "Cielo e mar"
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K.384 / Act 2: "Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen"
Don Giovanni, ossia Il dissoluto punito, K.527 / Act 1: "Dalla sua pace"
Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Erster Aufzug: Szene 3: "Ein Schwert verhieß mir der Vater"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Aida / Act 1: Se quel guerrier io fossi!..Celeste Aida
Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1: "Ecco, ridente in cielo" - "Ehi, Fiorello?" - "Gente indiscreta!"
The Merry Widow (Die lustige Witwe) / Act 1: "O Vaterland ... Da geh' ich zu Maxim"
Paloma Querida (Canción Ranchera)
West Side Story: Maria
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Lohengrin / Act 3: "In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten"
Eugene Onegin, Op.24 / Act 2: (Scene 2) Introduction, Scene and Aria. "Nu, shto zhe?" - "Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis"
La forza del destino / Act 3: La vita è inferno...Oh, tu che in seno agl'angeli
La Bohème / Act 1: "Che gelida manina"
Carmen / Act 2: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
La traviata / Act 2: "Lunge da lei" - "De' miei bollenti spiriti"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 What a glorious selection of tenors and their mus June 6, 2012 By Carolyn  W. (Naples, FL) See All My Reviews "The world's greatest tenors and their famoous arias serenade me when I am in my car. This makes traffic jams, etc. more pleasant." Report Abuse
 No Bjoerling? No Sale. April 19, 2012 By Robert W. (Kingston, MA) See All My Reviews "Granted the tenors selected are wonderful -- but Hadley instead of Bjoerling?" Report Abuse
 A Glaring Omission April 18, 2012 By Gilbert D. (San Anselmo, CA) See All My Reviews "There are some great singers on this realease, but there's a glaring omission that makes the title suspect and that is the French" Report Abuse
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