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Opera Collection, page 16

   Found CDs: 330
 

Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)

Rosini - L’italiana in Algeri (complete opera)
ID: OPD7023
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Marilyn Horne, Luigi Alva, Paolo Montarsolo, Enzo Dara, et al., vocal soloists/La Scala Orchestra & Chorus/Claudio Abbado, conductor

The Italian Girl in Algiers, premiered in 1813, was the first of Rossini’s comedies to exhibit his fully mature style, and one of the first to establish his unquestioned dominance in the opera world of his day. It literally overflows with delightful melody, rhythmic verve, and sparkling humor. The most famous numbers in the score are Isabella’s spectacular coloratura aria “Cruda sorte,” and the thunderingly farcical final ensemble of the first act, which never fails to bring down the house. This live 1975 performance from Italy’s greatest opera house stars American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, whom Opera News called “probably the greatest singer in the world” in 1981. Across her forty-year career she was recognized as the greatest Rossini interpreter in modern times. Luigi Alva (b. 1927) was the leading lyric tenor of the fifties and sixties, admired for the purity of his tone, elegance of phrasing, and clarity of diction. His specialties were Mozart and Rossini. Claudio Abbado has also had a long career on the podium, and has long been recognized as one of the world’s foremost conductors. Grand Tier presents the most popular titles from the budget Opera d’Oro catalogue at mid-price with complete librettos newly translated, stimulating essays by eminent music writers, and deluxe packaging with striking artwork commissioned from Rafal Olbinski.

"Here, in addition to the staggering virtuosity and the pointed characterization we’re used to [from Marilyn Horne], we get wonderful humor and the impression that she is having a simply terrific time … Abbado’s leadership is a sheer delight, and the La Scala forces are in grand shape. The sound is very good. At this price-or possibly any price-this can’t be beat.” - CLASSICSTODAY

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Rosini - La Cenerentola (complete opera)

Rosini - La Cenerentola (complete opera)
ID: OPD7019
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Teresa Berganza, Nicola Monti,Mario Petri, Sesto Bruscantini, Ornella Rovero,Mitì Truccato Pace & Leonardo Monreale, vocal soloists/Chorus of Teatro San Carlo & RAI Symphony Orchestra, Naples/Mario Rossi, conductor

Among Rossini’s numerous comic operas, La Cenerentola (1817) has long held a place second only to The Barber of Seville. In fact, for many years it was often more popular than The Barber, until its extreme vocal difficulties became too much for a generation of singers not trained in the Rossini style, and its fantastic atmosphere fell afoul of a preference for verismo, the school of realism. In recent years, the revival of the bel canto style and intense interest in resurrecting authentic Rossini manuscripts has brought about a happy new lease on life for La Cenerentola, which once again is rivaling The Barber in popularity. The libretto by Jacopo Ferretti, though based on the Cinderella fairy tale as told by Charles Perrault, is far different in tone. Rossini and Ferretti agreed to suppress the supernatural themes and create a comedy of manners steeped in irony. This live performance, recorded in Naples in 1958, is one of the finest of its era, with a virtual all-star cast thoroughly schooled in the Rossini style.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Massenet - Sapho (complete opera)

Massenet - Sapho (complete opera)
ID: OPD7015
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Milla Andrew, Alexander Oliver, George Macpherson, Laura Sarti, et al., vocal soloists/BBC Orchestra & Chorus/Bernard Keefe, conductor

Live performance, London, September, 1973.

A rare recording of a rarely heard French operatic masterpiece, the first time this opera has ever been offered at mid-price with a complete French-English libretto, newly translated.

Digitally remastered from the original tapes.

Based on the 1884 novel Sapho by Alphonse Daudet, this is the story of an aging artist’s model and her doomed love for a much younger man. The novel was made into a play by Clive Fitch and provoked a censorship scandal in New York in 1900.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski,
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Puccini - Tosca (complete opera)

Puccini - Tosca (complete opera)
ID: OPD7014
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Zinka Milanov, Franco Corelli, Giangiacomo Guelfi, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Alexander Gibson, conductor

Croatian soprano Zinka Milanov was a great favorite in England and America in the 1950s, and sang often at the Met. She was especially famous for her "floating pianissimo." Franco Corelli was one of the most exciting tenors of recent decades, and his discs are still best sellers. He is in top form on this historic recording. Another first-class production of a major opera, with big-name cast and conductor and remastered sonics. Compare to the other Tosca recordings at twice the price! This Tosca has been specially selected from the vast Opera d'Oro catalogue to be issued with a complete libretto in new translation for the Grand Tier series at midprice. Live performance, London, 1957.

"This document is a treasure for a number of reasons, not the least of which is its superiority to the commercial recording Milanov made of the opera the following week in Rome...Franco Corelli is heard here at the height of his considerable powers..." - Ira Siff

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chenier by Carlo Forti

Umberto Giordano - Andrea Chenier by Carlo Forti
ID: OPD7012
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Artists:
Renata Tebaldi, Franco Corelli, Ettore Bastianini, Elisabeth Höngen, Hilde Konetzni, Edmund Hurshell, Margaret Sjostedt

Andrea Chénier, opera
1. Act 1. Questo azzurro sofà
2. Act 1. Il giorno intorno già s'inserra lentamente
3. Act 1. Per stasera, pazienza!
4. Act 1. Passiamo la sera allegramente!
5. Act 1. Signor Chénier?
6. Act 1. Colpito qui m'avete... Un dì all'azzurro spazio
7. Act 1. Perdonateumi!
8. Act 2. Per l'ex inferno!
9. Act 2. Roucher!... Credo a una possanza arcana
10. Act 2. Calligrafia invero femmini!
11. Act 2. Eccole! Strani tempi!
12. Act 2. Ecco l'altare
13. Act 2. Eravate possente... Ora soave, sublime ora d'amore!
14. Act 2. Maddalena di Coigny!... Gérard!

1. Act 3. Dumouriez, traditore
2. Act 3. Lacrime e sangue dà la Francia!
3. Act 3. Son la vecchia Madelon
4. Act 3. L'uccello è nella rete!
5. Act 3. Nemico della patria?
6. Act 3. Or io rinnego il santo grido!
7. Act 3. La mamma morta
8. Act 3. Corpo di moribonda è il corpo mio!
9. Act 3. Andrea Chénier!... Si, fui soldato
10. Act 3. Udiamo i testimoni
11. Act 4. Cittadino... Come un bel dì di maggio
12. Act 4. Viene a costei concesso
13. Act 4. Benedico il destino... Vicino a te s'acqueta
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Verdi - La traviata (complete opera)

Verdi - La traviata (complete opera)
ID: OPD7009
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Renata Scotto, José Carreras, Sesto Bruscantini, et al., vocal soloists/ Nino Verchi, conductor
Live performance,Tokyo, September 18, 1973. La traviata is among the most popular operas ever written. Today it is probably the most frequently performed of all 28 operas by Verdi.
Based on one of the greatest love stories - La Dame aux Camélias, by Alexander Dumas, Jr., usually called in English simply Camille.
Digitally remastered and beautifully packaged with full, newly translated libretto.
Renata Scotto, one of the great dramatic sopranos of the past generation, made her debut in this very role at age 18. This performance showcases both the beauty of her voice and her intense identification with the character.
José Carreras is heard here at his youthful best, when many considered his to be the most beautiful tenor voice in the world.
Baritone Sesto Bruscantini was called by the New Grove Dictionary of Opera “one of the finest Italian singers of the second half of [the 20th] century.” His repertoire encompassed over 130 roles and the elder Germont in Traviata was among his very best.
“This is an epic performance.” - Robert Levine Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
15.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Puccini: Turandot by de Palma, Piero (complete opera)

Puccini: Turandot by de Palma, Piero (complete opera)
ID: OPD7008
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Birgit Nilsson, Franco Corelli, Galina Vishnevskaya, Nicola Zaccaria, Renato Capecchi, et al., vocal soloists/La Scala Orchestra & Chorus, Milan/Gianandrea Gavazzeni, conductor

Live performance, Milan, 1964.

Unfinished at the composer's death, and long one of Puccini's more neglected works, Turandot is today one of his most popular operas. The tenor aria "Nessun dorma" made the pop charts a few years ago!

Soprano Birgit Nilsson and tenor Franco Corelli are the all-time most famous duo in the lead roles of this opera, singing at La Scala, Milan in the 1960s. They are available on a more expensive studio recording on another label, but most opera fans will tell you this live performance is even better! Digitally remastered from the original excellent monophonic recording.

"...What a show it is! We get Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson at their most enflamed and potent, with the ultra-feminine and fascinating Galina Vishnevskaya as Liu. The Ping-Pang-Pong trio is especially mellifluous, and Nicola Zaccaria makes the most of Timur's music and character. The orchestra plays well and in Gianandrea Gavazzeni’s hands, the score really percolates." - Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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Verdi - Otello (complete opera)

Verdi - Otello (complete opera)
ID: OPD7005
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Placido Domingo, Mirella Freni, Piero Cappucilli, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro alla Scala/ Carlos Kleiber, conductor
Look again, you are not dreaming. This DREAM CAST in a 1976 recording of Otello is now available for the first time in digital remastering at mid-price with complete libretto and attractive packaging, with a special essay on the performance by Andrew Farach-Colton.
This is one of the finest Otello recordings at any price! Every recording conducted by Carlos Kleiber is an event. This brilliant and reclusive conductor has made only a few recordings, all considered excellent, and some sublime: his readings of Beethoven's 5th and 7th symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic are widely considered the best ever made in the history of the gramophone.
The three principals in this recording-Domingo (tenor), Freni (soprano) and Cappuccilli (baritone)-are all superstars, and were at the top of their form when this thrilling recording was made.
Live performance, Milan, December 7, 1976.
"Not even Toscanini managed to inspire and sustain music-making of such blistering intensity." - Andrew Farach-Colton Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
15.00 eur Temporarily out of stock

Richard Strauss - Salome

Richard Strauss - Salome
ID: OPD7004
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

Leonie Rysanek, Hans Hopf, Eberhard Wächter, Grace Hoffman,Waldemar Kmentt, Murray Dickie, Kurt Equiluz, et al., vocal soloists/Orchestra & Chorus of the Vienna State Opera/Karl Böhm, conductor

Live performance, 1972, with a world-class cast, comparable to the best available anywhere. As with the other releases in the new Grand Tier series, this opera recording includes a full libretto in the original language and in English. Karl Böhm was one of the greatest Strauss conductors of all time, and his cast assembled here is truly stellar. Soprano Leonie Rysanek was legendary in the Strauss and Wagner roles.
Includes a 48-page deluxe booklet! Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski

Track Listing 1. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome heute nacht! 2. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ich will nicht bleiben 3. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? 4. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Intermezzo 5. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? 1. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Tanz für mich, Salome 2. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Dance of the Seven Veils 3. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ah! Herrlich! 4. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Still, sprich nicht zu mir! 5. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Ah! Du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund küssen lassen 6. Salome, opera, Op. 54 (TrV 215): Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Richter
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Bellini - Norma (complete opera)

Bellini - Norma (complete opera)
ID: OPD7003
CDs: 2
Type: CD
Subcollection: Opera

"Except for sales in the Czech Republic"

Maria Callas, Mario del Monaco, Ebe Stignani, et al., vocal soloists/RAI Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Rome/Tullio Serafin, conductor

It's tempting to claim that "Callas says it all," but that wouldn't be true. We don't have to explain that Maria Callas is a legend and sells millions of CDs with her name alone; we may need to remind that sometimes she is the only great singer in a cast-though not this time. The rest of the singers here are major artists too, with a great conductor, second only to Toscanini among Italian opera conductors, making this Norma extra-extra great.

Newly designed packaging, including complete libretto, in a fresh new translation, with a special essay on the performance by Robert Levine. Live performance, June 29, 1955.

Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski
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