Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

Release Date: 10/8/2002
Catalog Number: 2894717172
Number of Discs: 2

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Works on This Recording
1. Norma: Casta diva by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1831 ; Italy
2. Les contes d'Hoffmann: Barcarolle by Jacques Offenbach
Performer: Edita Gruberova (Soprano), Claudia Eder (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1881 ; Paris, France
3. La Wally: Ebben?... Ne andrò lontana by Alfredo Catalani
Performer: Maria Chiara (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892 ; Italy
4. Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Orchestra/Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic
5. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Sull' aria...Che soave zeffiretto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Edith Mathis (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
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
7. Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1842 ; Italy
8. L'Elisir d'Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Performer: Gösta Winbergh (Tenor)
Conductor: Gabriele Ferro
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832 ; Italy
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
10. Madama Butterfly: Humming Chorus by Giacomo Puccini
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
11. Così fan tutte, K 588: Soave sia il vento by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano), Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1790 ; Vienna, Austria
12. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
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
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
15. Louise: Depuis le jour by Gustave Charpentier
Performer: Montserrat Caballé (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; France
16. Don Giovanni, K 527: Là ci darem la mano by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Reri Grist (Soprano)
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Orchestra/Ensemble: Prague National Theatre Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ;
17. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Italy
18. Fidelio, Op. 72: Mir ist so wunderbar by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Gundula Janowitz (Soprano), Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor), Manfred Jungwirth (Bass), Lucia Popp (Soprano)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1805/1814 ; Vienna, Austria
19. Lakmé: Viens, Mallikà...Sous le dôme épais "Flower Duet" by Léo Delibes
Performer: Dame Joan Sutherland (Soprano), Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Orchestra/Ensemble: Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883 ; France
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
21. Rinaldo, HWV 7: Armida dispietata...Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1711 ; London, England
22. La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
23. Rusalka, Op. 114/B 203: O moon high up "Song to the moon" by Antonín Dvorák
Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900 ; Bohemia
24. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Performer: Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1689 ; England
25. Il trovatore: Quel suon...Ah! che la morte "Miserere" by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Rosalind Plowright (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
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
27. Notre Dame: Act 1 Intermezzo by Franz Schmidt
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1902-1904 ; Austria
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
29. Serse, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu "Largo" by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Bryn Terfel (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1738 ; London, England
30. Tannhäuser: Beglückt darf nun dich "Pilgrims' Chorus" by Richard Wagner
Conductor: Wilhelm Pitz
Period: Romantic
Written: 1845/1861 ; Germany
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
32. Madama Butterfly: Scuoti quella fronda "Flower Duet" by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Mirella Freni (Soprano), Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904 ; Italy
33. Carmen: Act 3 Prelude "Intermezzo" by Georges Bizet
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874 ; France
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
35. Parsifal: Höchsten Heiles Wunder! by Richard Wagner
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877-1882 ; Germany
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