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Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments


Release Date: 10/08/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471717   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Vincenzo BelliniJacques OffenbachAlfredo CatalaniPietro Mascagni,   ... 
Performer:  Renée FlemingClaudia EderEdita GruberovaMaria Chiara,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Charles MackerrasSeiji OzawaKurt Herbert AdlerHerbert von Karajan,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic ChoirORTF National Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 30 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Bridges of Madison County." 
2.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Claudia Eder (Mezzo Soprano), Edita Gruberova (Soprano)
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "La Vita e Bella." 
3.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kurt Herbert Adler
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Diva." 
4.
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Raging Bull."
Composition written: Italy (1888).
Composition revised: Italy (1889). 
5.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sull' aria...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "The Shawshank Redemption." 
6.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  János Kulka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Gösta Winbergh (Tenor)
Conductor:  Gabriele Ferro
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Gundula Janowitz (Soprano)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10.
Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Sunday, Bloody Sunday." 
12.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: This overture is presented here in excerpted form.
This work was featured in the Stella Artois commercial. 
13.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Un' aura amorosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14.
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Fatal Attraction." 
15.
Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Reynald Giovaninetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: French 
16.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Reri Grist (Soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague National Theatre Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Babette's Feast." 
17.
Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Manfred Jungwirth (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano), Gundula Janowitz (Soprano),
Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: German 
19.
Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This work was featured in the British Airways commercial. 
20.
Les pêcheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "World Rally on C4." 
21.
Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This work was featured in the Harrod's commercial. 
22.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
23.
Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Bohemia 
Length: 5 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Czech 
Notes: This work was featured in the film "Driving Miss Daisy." 
24.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
25.
Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Rosalind Plowright (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
26.
Tosca: Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
27.
Notre Dame: Act 1 Intermezzo by Franz Schmidt
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902-1904; Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
28.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  János Kulka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
29.
Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
30.
Tannhäuser: Beglückt darf nun dich "Pilgrims' Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Wilhelm Pitz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bayreuth Festival Orchestra,  Bayreuth Festival Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
31.
Zaide, K 344 (336b): Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: German 
32.
Madama Butterfly: Scuoti quella fronda "Flower Duet" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano), Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
33.
Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
34.
Norma: Mira, o Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano), Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
35.
Parsifal: Höchsten Heiles Wunder! by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: German 

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