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The Essential Angela Gheorghiu


Release Date: 05/11/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 473320   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alfredo CatalaniGiacomo PucciniGiuseppe VerdiCharles Gounod,   ... 
Performer:  Angela GheorghiuRoberto AlagnaFrank LopardoTiziana Tramonti
Conductor:  John MauceriRiccardo ChaillySir Georg SoltiEvelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio OrchestraMilan Teatro alla Scala OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The quality of an anthology always depends on the source recordings a label has to choose from. In the case of Angela Gheorghiu, both Decca and EMI have plenty of good material -- so much so that both released compilations in 2004, each of which is an excellent capsulation of Gheorghiu's art and career, and neither of which duplicates the other's musical selections. Decca was Gheorghiu's label during the first years of her international career, and so The Essential Angela Gheorghiu is limited to recordings made before 2000. But, even though these selections are a few years old, they represent many of the core roles of her repertory. Most notable is her Violetta (Verdi's La traviata) with Georg Solti from 1995. It was the role that launched Read more Gheorghiu into the big time, and having her "Ah, fors' è lui...sempre libera" from that time of her career is a great opportunity to hear the qualities that first made her famous. Equally important are the arias from La bohème, which is a centerpiece of her performing schedule. There is pathos to Gheorghiu's singing that suits her perfectly to both of those tragic roles -- Violetta and Mimì; yet, her "Jewel Song" from Gounod's Faust, full of girlish wonder and sparkling vocalism, is equally convincing. She is an extremely versatile singer, always musical, and never out of her comfort zone vocally. If there is any complaint, it's that these slightly older recordings don't have the same musical maturity in spots as her later work for EMI. Fans who already own Gheorghiu's complete opera recordings will find duplication of material here. But if you're looking for a collection of great soprano arias, or a document of her singing in general, you can't go wrong.

-- Allen Schrott, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Italy 
Language: Italian 
2.
La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
3.
La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
4.
La traviata: Ah, fors' è lui...Sempre libera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Frank Lopardo (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
5.
La forza del destino: Pace, pace, mio Dio by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
Language: Italian 
6.
Faust: Ah! je ris de me voir si belle "Jewel Song" by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Language: French 
7.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Chiedi all' aura lusinghiera by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano), Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
Conductor:  Evelino Pidò
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
Language: Italian 
8.
I vespri siciliani: Mercè, dilette amiche "Bolero" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
Language: Italian 
9.
Simon Boccanegra: Come in quest' ora bruna by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Italy 
Language: Italian 
10.
La traviata: Addio del passato by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "Teneste la promessa la disfida." 
11.
Il trovatore: Tacea la notte placida...Di tale amor by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Tiziana Tramonti (Mezzo Soprano), Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verdi Grand Symphonic Orchestra Milan
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
Language: Italian 
12.
Valurile Dunari: Muzica by Teodor Grigoriu
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Language: Italian 
13.
Chérubin: Viva amour "Aubade" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903; France 
Language: French 
14.
La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Italy 
Language: Italian 
15.
Hérodiade: Il est doux, il est bon by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus,  Turin Teatro Regio Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; France 
Language: French 

Sound Samples

La Wally / Act 1: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana
La Bohème / Act 1: "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"
La Bohème / Act 1: "O soave fanciulla"
La traviata / Act 1: "Ah, fors'è lui...Sempre libera"
La forza del destino / Act 4: "Pace, pace, mio Dio"
Faust / Act 3: Air des bijoux: "O Dieu! que de bijoux! Ah! Je ris de me voir"
Hérodiade / Act 1: Il est doux, il est bon
Chérubin / Act 3: Aubade: Vive amour qui rêve
L'elisir d'amore / Act 1: "Chiedi all'aura lusinghiera"
La Bohème / Act 3: "Donde lieta uscì al tuo grido"
I vespri siciliani / Act 5: "Mercè, dilette amiche"
Simon Boccanegra / Act 1: "Come in quest'ora bruna"
La traviata / Act 3: "Addio del passato"
Il Trovatore / Act 1: Tacea la notte placida...di tale amor
Valurile Dunarii: Muzica

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