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The Voice of Opera - Tebaldi, Horne, Pavarotti...


Release Date: 05/13/2003 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000024602   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartChristoph W. Gluck,   ... 
Performer:  Giuseppe Di StefanoTeresa BerganzaThomas AllenDame Joan Sutherland,   ... 
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-PradelliSilvio VarvisoSir Neville MarrinerSir Alexander Gibson,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale OrchestraNaples Rossini OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Works on This Recording

1. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Giuseppe Di Stefano (Tenor)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Silvio Varviso
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Naples Rossini Orchestra
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas Allen (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Alexander Gibson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Luciana Serra (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Don Giovanni, K 527: Il mio tesoro intanto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francisco Araiza (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. La clemenza di Tito, K 621: Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
9. Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano), Karita Mattila (Soprano), José Van Dam (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Orfeo ed Euridice: Che farò senza Euridice? by Christoph W. Gluck
Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin (Counter Tenor), Derek Lee Ragin (Countertenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. L'Orfeo: Lasciate i monti by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Hippolyte et Aricie: Quel biens! Je frémis quand j'y pense by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Anthony Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  St. Anthony Singers
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1733; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
13. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Bernadette Greevy (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1711; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. 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: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
15. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
16. Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: This selection begins with "Se quel guerrier io fossi..." 
17. La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Rosalind Plowright (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18. Boris Godunov: Ugh, it's oppressive "Clock Scene" by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Vladimir Vaneev (Bass), Konstantin Pluzhnikov (Tenor)
Conductor:  Valery Gergiev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kirov Theater Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1873; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Russian 
19. Lakmé: Où va la jeune indoue? "Bell Song" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano)
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: French 
20. Le Roi d'Ys: Vainement, ma bien-aimée [Aubade] by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
21. Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Henry Lewis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
22. I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performer:  José Cura (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23. La Bohème: Quando m'en vo' soletta "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
24. Madama Butterfly: Un bel dì vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Renata Tebaldi (Soprano)
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
25. Fedora: Amor ti vieta by Umberto Giordano
Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Italy 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
26. Die Walküre: Ho-jo-to-ho! by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Marie Collier (Soprano)
Conductor:  Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
27. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Selig wie die Sonne (Quintet) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Horst Laubenthal (Tenor),
Catarina Ligendza (Soprano), Christa Ludwig (Alto)
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862-1867; Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: German 
28. Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59: Marie Theres'...Hab' mir's gelobt by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Helen Donath (Soprano), Yvonne Minton (Mezzo Soprano), Régine Crespin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1910; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
29. Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now by George Gershwin
Performer:  Roberta Alexander (Soprano), Simon Estes (Tenor)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; USA 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
30. Peter Grimes, Op. 33: Now the Great Bear and Pleiades by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Peter Pears (Tenor)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 

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