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50 Best Placido Domingo


Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 48750   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGiacomo PucciniArrigo BoitoPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  Fiorenza CossottoPlacido DomingoMontserrat CaballéReri Grist,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo MutiCarlo Maria GiuliniJohn BarkerBruno Bartoletti,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden ChorusNew Philharmonia OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This 3CD set contains 50 tracks featuring probably the greatest tenor of this or any other age: Plácido Domingo. Born in Spain in 1941, Domingo spent his early life in Mexico where his parents, both singers, ran a company that presented zarzuelas (Spanish light operas) and other musical shows. His career has spanned the entire world in a wide range of operas in which he has sung over 120 roles, and in 1990 he made history when, with José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, he first appeared in Rome as one of the The Three Tenors, whose subsequent concerts and recordings broke all records for television viewing and record sales.

CD 1 is mainly a collection of arias and duets by Verdi. It begins with the stirring
Read more ‘Celeste Aida’ from Aida, which is followed by favourite items from Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo, Macbeth, Ernani, and Otello, after which comes a light-hearted performance of the Brindisi from La traviata recorded at the end of a Covent Garden Gala and Domingo invites the audience to join in. The CD concludes with two items by Puccini from La Bohème and La fanciulla del West.

CD 2 carries on with highlights from Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Tosca and then moves on to arias from Boito’s Mefistofele and Mascagni’s Nerone, plus the delightful ‘Cherry Duet’ from Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz.

CD 3 starts with some favourite arias from French opera including ‘Salut! demeure’ from Gounod’s Faust and ‘Ô paradis’ from Meyerbeer’s L’africaine. Then comes Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, four of Mozart’s most lyrical tenor arias from Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte and finally two typically Viennese pieces: ‘Wien, du Stadt meine Träume’ and ‘Dein ist mein ganzes Herz’ from the operetta Das Land des Lächelns
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
2.
Aida: O terra addio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
3.
Un ballo in maschera: Su, su profetessa...Di tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
5.
La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giorgio Zancanaro (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
6.
La forza del destino: Solenne in quest' ora by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Giorgio Zancanaro (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
7.
Don Carlos: Io la vidi by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Simon Estes (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
8.
Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Simon Estes (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867/1884; Italy 
9.
Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
10.
Ernani: Mercè, diletti amici...Come rugiada al cospite by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
11.
Ernani: O tu che l'alma adora, vien by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
12.
Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
13.
Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello) by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Italy 
14.
La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Cheryl Studer (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
15.
La Bohème: O Mimì, tu più non torni by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
16.
La Fanciulla del West: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; Italy 
17.
Manon Lescaut: Tra voi, belle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Written: 1893 
18.
Manon Lescaut: Cortese damigella by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
19.
Manon Lescaut: Oh, sarò la più bella! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
20.
Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Gwynne Howell (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
21.
Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon mi tradisce by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Gwynne Howell (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
22.
Manon Lescaut: Ah! non m'avvicinate! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Gwynne Howell (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
23.
Manon Lescaut: Manon...senti, amor mio by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Gwynne Howell (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bruno Bartoletti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
24.
Tosca: Dammi I colori...Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Paul Hudson (Bass), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Renata Scotto (Soprano), Renato Capecchi (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 
25.
Tosca: Ah, Quegli Occhi! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone), Paul Hudson (Bass),
Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
26.
Tosca: Floria...Amore...Vittoria! Vittoria! by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Renato Bruson (Baritone), Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
27.
Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Scotto (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone),
Paul Hudson (Bass), Renato Capecchi (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
28.
Tosca: Franchigia a Floria Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Renato Bruson (Baritone), Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
29.
Tosca: O dolci mani by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Renato Bruson (Baritone), Paul Hudson (Bass)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
30.
Tosca: E non giungono by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Paul Hudson (Bass), Renato Capecchi (Baritone), Renata Scotto (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
31.
Mefistofele: Dai campi, dai prati by Arrigo Boito
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Italy 
32.
Nerone: Quando al soave anelito by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1935; Italy 
33.
L'Amico Fritz: Suzel, buon dì "Cherry Duet" by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Verónica Villarroel (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Asher Fisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
34.
L'Amico Fritz: Tutto tace by Pietro Mascagni
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Asher Fisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Italy 
35.
Faust: Quel trouble inconnu...Salut! demeure chaste et pure by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
36.
L'Africaine: O paradis sorti de l'onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Germany 
37.
Le Cid: Ah! tout est bien fini...O Souverain, ô juge, ô père by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Asher Fisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
38.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
39.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Arretez, o mes frères by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra,  Bastille Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
40.
Mignon: Adieu, Mignon! Courage! by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
41.
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
42.
Benvenuto Cellini: Une heure encore...La gloire était ma seule idole by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
43.
Eugene Onegin, Op. 24: Lensky's aria by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Randall Behr
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1879 
44.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Dalla sua pace by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
45.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
46.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Eugene Kohn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
48.
Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume by Rudolf Sieczynski
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
49.
Das Land des Lächelns: Dein ist mein ganzes Herz by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1929; Vienna, Austria 

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