40 Most Beautiful Arias

40 Most Beautiful Arias

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Overview

As an introduction to opera that really covers the basics, Warner's 40 Most Beautiful Arias is a terrific package to give to beginners, though aficionados of the vocal arts may find some sparkling gems here, too. The selections are drawn from the most popular works in the repertoire, such as "Le nozze di Figaro," "Carmen," "La bohème," and "La Traviata," and examples from the operas of Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi, and other masters of the genre combine to make this a well-rounded and satisfying program. The performers are representative of the best in the field, and such world-renowned stars as Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Barbara Hendricks, Roberto Alagna, Angela Gheorghiu, and Jennifer Larmore, among many other great singers, lend this double-disc compilation an attractive luster. About the only complaint that can be made about this collection is the occasional variability of sound quality, which is usually clear and present, but sometimes a bit distant or out of balance; this can be expected in any survey of performances recorded on various dates between 1950 and 2001, with analog or digital reproduction, and at numerous venues from around the globe. But this really takes nothing away from the many musical riches this twofer offers, and most listeners will find the best-sounding arias outweigh the problems of the few hazy historical tracks.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2008
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 0825646968961
catalogNumber: 447164
Rank: 5594

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma!

    1. Nessun dorma!  (03:25)
  2. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)

    1. L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)  (04:17)
  3. L'elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima (excerpt)

    1. Una furtiva lagrima (excerpt)  (04:19)
  4. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante

    1. Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante  (05:05)
  5. Les Pêcheurs de perles, opera in 3 acts: Au fond du temple saint (excerpt)

    1. Au fond du temple saint (excerpt)  (04:09)
  6. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40: Ombra mai fu

    1. Ombra mai fu  (03:36)
  7. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Whan I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)

    1. Whan I am laid in earth (Dido's Lament)  (03:55)
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Voi che sapete

    1. Voi che sapete  (02:56)
  9. Così fan tutte, opera, K. 588: Soave sia il vento

    1. Soave sia il vento  (03:09)
  10. Samson et Dalila, opera in 3 acts, Op. 47: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (excerpt)

    1. Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix (excerpt)  (03:19)
  11. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Pourquoi me réveiller

    1. Pourquoi me réveiller  (02:24)
  12. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile

    1. La donna è mobile  (02:20)
  13. Rusalka, opera, B. 203 (Op. 114): O silver moon

    1. O silver moon  (06:05)
  14. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Un bel di vedremo

    1. Un bel di vedremo  (04:29)
  15. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai

    1. Donna non vidi mai  (02:34)
  16. La Traviata, opera: Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici

    1. Brindisi: Libiamo ne' lieti calici  (02:58)
  17. Tosca, opera: Vissi d'arte

    1. Vissi d'arte  (03:06)
  18. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina

    1. Che gelida manina  (04:21)
  19. La bohème, opera: Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi

    1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi  (05:32)
  20. La bohème, opera: O soave fanciulla

    1. O soave fanciulla  (04:06)

Disc 2

  1. Gianni Schicchi, opera: O mio babbino caro

    1. O mio babbino caro  (02:31)
  2. La Wally, opera (dramma musicale) in 4 acts: Ebben? Ne andrò lontana

    1. Ebben? Ne andrò lontana  (03:42)
  3. Les contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle, excerpt)

    1. Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Barcarolle, excerpt)  (02:31)
  4. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song)

    1. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (Flower Song)  (04:04)
  5. Turandot, opera: Signore, ascolta!

    1. Signore, ascolta!  (02:41)
  6. La Traviata, opera: Un di felice

    1. Un di felice  (03:09)
  7. Lakmé, opera: Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet)

    1. Dôme épais le jasmin (Flower Duet)  (04:38)
  8. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Pongi amor

    1. Pongi amor  (04:08)
  9. Don Giovanni, opera, K. 527: Dalla sua pace

    1. Dalla sua pace  (04:40)
  10. Norma, opera: Casta diva

    1. Casta diva  (06:53)
  11. Rinaldo, opera, HWV 7: Lascia ch'io pianga (excerpt)

    1. Lascia ch'io pianga (excerpt)  (04:35)
  12. Orphée et Eurydice (French version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 41: J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Che faró senza Euridice)

    1. J'ai perdu mon Eurydice (Che faró senza Euridice)  (04:24)
  13. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Bei Männern, weiche Liebe fühlen

    1. Bei Männern, weiche Liebe fühlen  (02:57)
  14. Aida, opera: Celesta Aida

    1. Celesta Aida  (04:43)
  15. La Rondine (The Swallow), opera: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta

    1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta  (02:56)
  16. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta

    1. Amor ti vieta  (02:11)
  17. Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow), operetta: Vilja-Lied

    1. Vilja-Lied  (04:53)
  18. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle

    1. E lucevan le stelle  (02:53)
  19. Otello, opera: Ave Maria

    1. Ave Maria  (04:46)
  20. La cenerentola (Cinderella), opera: Non più mesta

    1. Non più mesta  (03:10)

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