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Classic Library - Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi / Caballe


Release Date: 10/12/2004 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 62309   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gaetano DonizettiGiuseppe VerdiGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat CaballéErmanno MauroTom McDonnellMargreta Elkins,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Felice CillarioAnton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraRCA Italian Opera OrchestraRCA Italian Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In 1967 and 1969, en route to becoming the leading soprano of the 1970s, Montserrat Caballé recorded a trio of "rarity" discs for RCA, each concentrating on a single composer--Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi--and focused on relatively little-known scenes and arias from similarly obscure operas. Thanks in part to Caballé's stage performances and recordings, the bel canto revival has rescued many of those works from the shadows, but they have not been better sung than by the great Spanish soprano, possessor of perhaps the most beautiful soprano voice of the 20th century. She's at her best here, singing with the fire that sometimes seemed to elude her, flaunting her ravishing pianissimos, and never breaking a sweat or Read more taking an untoward breath as she tosses off difficult coloratura passages with ease.


The Rossini set dips into five operas and the "Inflammatus" from his Stabat mater. Donizetti is represented by four operas, but entire scenes are offered, putting the arias in proper context. Seven scenes and/or arias from Verdi's early operas are here, blending touches of those two past masters with harbingers of his own evolving style. Singling out highlights would be folly in a tightly filled double-disc set, but you know from the very first notes of "Tanti affetti" from Rossini's La donna del lago, which begins Disc 1, that you're in for a feast of great singing. Orchestras and conductors are idiomatic. The sonics, once deemed excellent, are only a bit dimmed by time. RCA provides full texts and English translations, a welcome departure from the usual big-label reluctance to accommodate consumers. This is a must for any lover of great singing. [1/28/2005]
--Dan Davis, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Belisario: Sin la tomba è a me negata! by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Ermanno Mauro (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Parisina d'Este: Ciel, sei tu che in tal momento by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Tom McDonnell (Bass), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Margreta Elkins (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "No, più salir non ponno..."
and shares a track and timing with the following selection, "Ugo è spento." 
3. Parisina d'Este: Ugo è spento by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with the preceding selection, "Ciel, sei tu che in tal momento." This is the final section of the opera. 
4. Torquato Tasso: Trono e corona by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1833; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Gemma di Vergy: Una voce al cor by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1834; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Lascia, Guido, ch'io possa..." 
6. Un giorno di regno: Grave a core innamorato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Ah! Non m'hanno ingannata!" 
7. I lombardi: Non fu sogno! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Qual prodigio!" 
8. I due Foscari: Tu al cui sguardo onnipossente by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Maya Sunara (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "No, mi lasciate..." 
9. Alzira: Da Gusman, su fragil Barca by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Riposa. Tutte, in suo dolor vegliante..." 
10. Attila: Liberamente or piangi...Oh! nel fuggente nuvolo by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Il corsaro: Non so le tetre immagini by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Egli non riede ancora..." 
12. Aroldo: Ah! Dagli scanni eterei by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano), Lajos Kozma (Tenor)
Conductor:  Anton Guadagno
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "Oh, cielo! Dove son' io?" 
13. La donna del lago: Tanti affetti in tal momento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. Otello: Assisa a piè d'un salice by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Corinna Vozza (Mezzo Soprano), Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with the recitative "O tu, del mio dolor dolce stumento..." 
15. Stabat mater: Inflammatus et accensus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16. Armida: D'amore al dolce impero by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. Tancredi: Tu che accendi...Di tanti palpiti by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This recording is of the 1822 edition, which was raised by Rossini from the mezzo-soprano range to the soprano for Giuditta Pasta.
This selection begins with the recitative "O patria, dolce e ingrata..." 
18. L'assedio di Corinto: L'ora fatal...Giusto ciel! by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Conductor:  Carlo Felice Cillario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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