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Essential Opera - Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Et Al


Release Date: 02/11/1992 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 433822   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Georges BizetGiacomo PucciniGiuseppe VerdiWolfgang Amadeus Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te KanawaLuciano PavarottiFrederica Von StadeDame Joan Sutherland,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Georg SoltiHerbert von KarajanRichard BonyngeFausto Cleva,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraNational Philharmonic OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
6.
Rigoletto: Bella figlia dell' amore [Quartet] by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo Soprano),
Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
8.
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
9.
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
10.
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
11.
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
12.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Huguette Tourangeau (Mezzo 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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
13.
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
14.
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 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
15.
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
16.
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). 
17.
Turandot: Ah! per l'ultima volta! (Act 1 Finale) by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Piero de Palma (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor),
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Tenor), Pier Francesco Poli (Baritone), Tom Krause (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 ... "
This selection is an ADD recording. 
18.
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: This selection is an ADD recording.
Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
19.
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 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 

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

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