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The Very Best Of Beverly Sills


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 86317   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGaetano DonizettiFranz LehárJules Massenet,   ... 
Performer:  Alfredo KrausBeverly SillsSherrill MilnesMalcolm King,   ... 
Conductor:  Julius RudelSarah CaldwellLorin MaazelAldo Ceccato,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraAmbrosian Opera ChorusLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Beverly Sills. Includes work(s) by various composers. Soloist: Beverly Sills. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Rigoletto: E' il sol dell' anima by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Alfredo Kraus (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection continues through "Addio! speranza..." 
2. Rigoletto: Caro nome by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection is preceded by "Gualtier Maldè!..." 
3. Rigoletto: Si, vendetta! by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Tutte le feste al tempio..." 
4. Rigoletto: V'ho ingannato, colpevole fui by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Malcolm King (Bass), Samuel Ramey (Bass), John Rawnsley (Baritone),
Beverly Sills (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Dennis O'Neill (Tenor),
Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1978 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Don Pasquale: Quel guardo il cavaliere...So anch'io la virtù by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Don Pasquale: Vado, corro by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Alan Titus (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Pronto io son..." 
7. Don Pasquale: Via, caro sposino by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Donald Gramm (Bass), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Don Pasquale: Tornami a dir by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Alfredo Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Don Pasquale: La moral' in tutto questo by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sarah Caldwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/1978 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Die lustige Witwe: Es lebt eine Vilja...Vilja, o Vilja by Franz Lehár
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York City Opera Orchestra,  New York City Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Thaïs: Dis-moi que je suis belle by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins "Ah! je suis seule..." 
12. La traviata: Libiamo ne' lieti calici "Brindisi" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
13. La traviata: Un dì, felice by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
14. La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "E strano..." 
15. La traviata: Dammi tu forza by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection omits the first four lines of this scene, beginning with the words "Che fai?" 
16. La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
17. La traviata: Parigi, o cara by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
18. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Una voce poco fa...Io sono dolcile by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
19. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Dunque io son la fortunata by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
20. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Contro un cor by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Nicolai Gedda (Tenor), Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
21. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Ah! qual colpo inaspettato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Nicolai Gedda (Tenor)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1975 
Venue:  All Saint's Church, Tooting, London, UK 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
22. L'assedio di Corinto: Cielo! che diverrò? by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano)
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
23. La traviata: Ah! Dite alla giovine by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Beverly Sills (Soprano), Rolando Panerai (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aldo Ceccato
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1971 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Pura siccome un angelo..." 

Sound Samples

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Una voce poco fà (Rosina)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Dunque io son (Figaro/Rosina)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Contro un cor che accende amore (Rosina/Conte)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster): Ah, qual colpo inaspettato! (Figaro/Conte/Rosina)
Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster): È il sol dell'anima...Addio! speranza ed anima (Act I)
Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act 1, Scene 2: Gualtier Maldè ...Caro nome
Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act II: Tutte le feste al tempio...Compiuto pur quanto...Sì, vendetta
Rigoletto (1996 Digital Remaster), Act III: V'ho ingannato...Lassù in cielo
Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Act I: Quel guardo...So anch'io la virtù magica
Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), Act I: Pronto io son...Vado, corro
Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO Seconda Scena: Via, caro sposino (Norina/Pasquale)
Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO Sesta Scena: Tornami a dir che m'ami (Norina/Ernesto)
Don Pasquale (1996 Digital Remaster), ATTO TERZO Sesta Scena: Bravo, bravo, Don Pasquale (Malatesta/Norina/Ernesto/Pasquale/Coro)
The Merry Widow (1986 Digital Remaster): Vilia (Act II)
Ah! je suis seule enfin...Dis-moi que je suis belle (Thaïs, Act II) (1995 Digital Remaster)
L'assedio di Corinto (1992 Digital Remaster), Act II: Cielo! che diverrò?...Sì, ferite...Dal soggiorno...Ah! che spiegar
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act I: Libiamo ne'lieti calici
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act I: Un dì, felice, eterea
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act I: È strano...Ah, fors'è lui...Follie! follie!...Sempre libera
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act II: Pura siccome un angelo...Ah! dite alla giovane
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act II: Che Fai?
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act III: Addio, del passato
La traviata (highlights) (1988 Digital Remaster), Act III: Parigi, o cara

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