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José Carreras - The Golden Years


Release Date: 06/15/1999 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 462892   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giacomo PucciniGaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  José CarrerasDomenico TrimarchiRobin LeggateKatia Ricciarelli,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisJesús Lopez-CobosClaudio ScimoneRoberto Benzi,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraItalian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The career of José Carreras will surely go down in opera history as one of the greats. This Philips retrospective, covering the years 1976-1992, includes some of the brightest performances he has recorded.
The Spanish singer is best known for his work as a lyric tenor, but as his voice continued to develop, Carreras successfully made the shift to more substantial roles. Rather than presenting this development chronologically, the producers have organized Carreras' work by composer. The first CD is dedicated to his work with the great operas while the second primarily features his lyric performances.
It is in his work with the English Chamber Orchestra that Carreras shines brightest. Virtually all of the second CD has been taken from
Read more their work together between 1978 and 1984. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Bohčme: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor), Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1926; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Claudio Scimone
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
7.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' č forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Forse la soglia attinse..." 
8.
Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1851 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Ernani: Mercč, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Robin Leggate (Tenor), Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
La battaglia di Legnano: O magnanima e prima...La pia materna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
13.
Werther: Je ne sais si je veille by Jules Massenet
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: French 
14.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 
15.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
16.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
17.
Caro mio ben by Tommaso Giordani
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This song was more likely composed by Giuseppe Giordani.
This selection is a DDD recording. 
18.
Misa Criolla: Kyrie by Ariel Ramirez
Performer:  Domingo Cura (Percussion), Jorge Padin (Percussion), Raúl Barboza (Accordion),
Arsenio Zambrano (Charango), Lalo Gutierrez (Guitar), Ariel Ramirez (Piano),
Ariel Ramirez (Harpsichord), José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  José Luis Ocejo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  El Grupo Huancaro,  Bilbao Choral Society,  Laredo Choral Salvé
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Argentina 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
19.
Canzoni napoletane (3): no 1, 'A vucchella by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1907; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20.
La serenata by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21.
Canzoni napoletane (3): no 3, Marechiare by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22.
Romanze (3): no 2, Malia by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23.
Canzoni-stornelli (3): no 2, L'ultima canzone by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24.
Romanze (2): no 1, Ideale by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1882 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25.
Romanze (2): no 2, Non t'amo piů! by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
Addio by Francesco Paolo Tosti
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
27.
'O sole mio by Eduardo Di Capua
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
28.
Core 'ngrato by Salvatore Cardillo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
29.
Funiculě funiculŕ by Luigi Denza
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Naples, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
30.
Torna a Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eduardo Müller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
31.
Granada by Agustín Lara
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
32.
Solamente una vez by Agustín Lara
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
33.
West Side Story: Tonight by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Farnon Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
34.
The Toast of New Orleans: Be My Love by Nicholas Brodszky
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Benzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
35.
Because You're Mine: Because You're Mine by Nicholas Brodszky
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Farnon Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
36.
I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
37.
Plaisir d'amour by Johann Paul A. Martini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Vjekoslav Sutej
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1775; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
38.
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
39.
Because by Helen Guy
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
40.
Les soirées musicales: no 8, La danza by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1830-1835; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
41.
Cats: Memory by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Performer:  José Carreras (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Farnon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Farnon Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 

Sound Samples

La Bohčme / Act 1: "Che Gelida Manina"
Tosca / Act 1: "Recondita armonia"
Tosca / Act 3: "E lucevan le stelle"
Manon Lescaut / Act 1: "Donna non vidi mai"
Turandot / Act 3: "Nessun dorma"
L'elisir d'amore / Act 2: "Una furtiva lagrima"
Un ballo in maschera / Act 3: "Forse la soglia attinse...Ma se m'č forza perderti"
Rigoletto / Act 2: "Ella mi fu rapita...Parmi veder le lagrime"
Ernani / Part 1: "Mercé, diletti amici"
Il Trovatore / Act 3: "Di quella pira"
La battaglia di Legnano / Act 1: Scena: "O magnanima e prima"/Cavatina: "La pia materna mano"
Pagliacci / Act 1: "Vesti la giubba"
Carmen / Act 2: "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"
Werther / Act 1: "Je ne sais si je veille" - "O Nature, pleine de grâce
Das Land des Lächelns / Act 2: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!
Plaisir d'amour
Serse / Act 1: "Ombra mai fů"
Rinaldo HWV7 / Act 2: Lascia ch'io pianga
Caro mio ben
Misa Criolla: 1. Kyrie (vidala-babuala)
A Vucchella
La Serenata
Marechiare
Malia
L'ultima canzone
Ideale
Non t'amo piů
Good-bye
Mattinata
'O sole mio
Core 'ngrato
Funiculě, funiculŕ
Torna a Surriento
Granada
La Danza
You Belong To My Heart
Because
West Side Story - Arr.Robert Farnon (1917-): Tonight
Be My Love
Because you're mine
Cats: Memory

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