The Ave Maria Album / Price, Lanza, Caruso, Domingo

Release Date: 8/11/1998
Label: RCA
Catalog Number: 09026632602
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Perhaps an alternate title for this disc could be EVERYTHING YOU'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT "AVE MARIA" BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK. Indeed, this compilation provides the listener with both historical and current renditions of this often-set, often-arranged sacred text. The performances range from Rosa Ponselle to Jerry Hadley, with each artist singing a different version of the same work.
For example, Placido Domingo, Rosa Ponselle, Leontyne Price, Jeanette MacDonald (sans Nelson Eddy), John McCormack, and Mario Lanza all sing the Bach-Gounod "Ave Maria," with very individual results. Two operatic "Ave Maria" settings make a nice addition to the disc. The heart wrenching "Ave Maria" from Verdi's 'Otello' is sung by three sopranos, all contributing excellent performances.
John McCormack's English-language version of Mascagni's "Ave Maria" from 'Cavalleria Rusticana' certainly highlights the famous Irish tenor's voice, but it is hard to make out the words due to the age of the original recording. And possibly the most unique track on this disc is Percy B. Kahn's "Ave Maria," made popular in its day by Enrico Caruso. It is a lovely piece, reminiscent of an Italian love song, and the Caruso sound shines through.
Works on This Recording
1. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
2. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: George Decker (Organ), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: William Self
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo by Pietro Mascagni
Performer: John McCormack (Tenor), Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Vincent O'Brien (Piano)
Period: Romantic
4. Ave Maria by Percy Kahn
Performer: Mischa Elman (Violin), Enrico Caruso (Tenor), Percy Kahn (Piano)
Period: Romantic
5. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Carol Vaness (Soprano)
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble: Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
6. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Conductor: George Stoll
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chorus, Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
7. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Mischa Schmidt (Violin), Rosa Ponselle (Soprano)
Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
8. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Arthur Fiedler
Orchestra/Ensemble: Arthur Fiedler Sinfonietta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
9. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
10. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Jeanette MacDonald (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
11. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
12. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
13. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: John McCormack (Tenor), Vincent O'Brien (Piano), Fritz Kreisler (Violin)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
14. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Kosti Vehanen (Piano), Marian Anderson (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
15. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
16. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
17. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Jerry Hadley (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Canadian Brass
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
19. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: John McCormack (Tenor), Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Vincent O'Brien (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
20. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: John McCormack (Tenor), Fritz Kreisler (Violin), Vincent O'Brien (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
21. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Kosti Vehanen (Piano), Marian Anderson (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
22. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Kosti Vehanen (Piano), Marian Anderson (Alto)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
23. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
24. Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer: Mario Lanza (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859 ; France
25. Ave Maria by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rome Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1880 ; Italy
26. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), George Decker (Organ)
Conductor: William Self
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
27. Ellens Gesang III, D 839/Op. 52 no 6 "Ave Maria" by Franz Schubert
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), George Decker (Organ)
Conductor: William Self
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1825 ; Vienna, Austria
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