20 Great Tenor Arias - "Nessun Dorma" - Bizet / Donizetti / Puccini / Verdi etc.

June 9, 1998 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Label: Decca
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  • Total Length: 1:13:42
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  • ASIN: B000V880CG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,308 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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This is a wonderful CD to sing along with in "rotten" traffic.
L. Klein
This Nessun Dorma 20 Great Tennor Arias would be a great CD for anyone's first Opera CD or a welcome addition to any Opera Fan's collection.
Richard D. Cappetto
His top, his phrasing are all beautifully done in his featured aria from "La Traviata."
S. Bernard

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By S. Bernard on January 14, 2006
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I don't remember how I found this CD the other day surfing through the "Amazon" such as it is, but I did. I listened to a few clips provided & on the strength of that, I purchased this CD.

First it is a great buy. A booklet with pictures of each tenor, a small bio, the year recorded and TRANSLATIONS of each aria are provided. This is really nice. It seems more & more that translations are being left out. Being a former opera singer, I may know most of the words, but sometimes it's just nice to read along (sometimes it's just nice to listen too).

Being on the Decca label, there is admittedly quite a few Pavarotti selections. Out of 20 selections, he has 6 of them. But I love Pavarotti, so this is no problem for me. These are all early recordings & his voice is magnificent! Being a singer, I still marvel at his ability to sing "All'armi!" on a high C and still say the 2nd syllable "mi" on such a note! WOW. There is also of course his very sweet, impassioned and lyrical turn as Rodolfo in "La Boheme" as well as the lesser known (although I still have it on casette) "La Favorita" which has a particularly high tessitura.

Also featured are a young Plácido Domingo singing a VERY nice "Flower song/ La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" from Carmen. He usually sounds too pushed for me on the top notes (as one might expect from a Pavarotti fan, I like free top notes) but in this recording he is pretty darn fabulous. He also sings an aria from "Tales of Hoffman/Les Contes d'Hoffman" and I have always felt that he, like Neil Schicoff, was well suited to this role.

Lamentably there is only one selection each from Carreras, Correlli, Monaco, Aragall & Kollo. Special kudos to the young recording they feature for Aragall.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on June 23, 2002
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This Nessun Dorma 20 Great Tennor Arias would be a great CD for anyone's first Opera CD or a welcome addition to any Opera Fan's collection. How can you go wrong when you have Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Bergonzi, Aragall, Bjorling, Di Stefano, Kollo, Corelli and Del Monico singing such great Arias as Che Gelida Manina, Donna Non Vidi Mai, La Fleur Que Tu M'Avais Jetee, M'appari, Mi Batte Il Cuor...O Paradiso, and on and on. This is a wonderful CD. Its fantastic to sit back and listen to each great's interpretation of the aeria's. Every Area is great but my favorites are Pavarotti singing Che Gelida Manina, M'appari, Favorita Del Re...Spirto Gentil, Di Quella Pira, and he just rules on Nessun Dorma; Corelli singing E Lucevan Le Stelle (you can really hear his influence when you hear Andrea Bocelli sing); Also I am very impressed with Carlo Bergonzi sings beautifully on Mi Batte Il Cuor...O Paradiso, I can just go on and on Carreras, Domingo, Aragall, Bjorling, Di Stefano, Kollo, and Del Monico all wonderful.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Torsten Westh on April 30, 2003
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I can only recommend this CD. Especially if you are not so keen on listening to operas in their full length. Instead here some of the best arias with some of the best tenors have been carefully selected. If you eg. have been listening to The Three Tenors this CD will take you a step further and introduce tenors as eg. Bergonzi, Di Stefano and Björling. In the enclosed booklet there is a fine description of the tenors and their career. A subject for a heated debate will of course always be - who is the best tenor of them all ? On the cover it is stated that Pavarotti is the greatest of them all - allthough inside the booklet it is also mentioned that such a title could as well be claimed by Domingo or Björling. I think this shows that such a rating is very difficult to make and depends on the criteria used in the comparison. My own favorite is Pavarotti in his younger years (listen to Che gelida manina - it is absolutely heartbreaking)but in general I think all the tracks on the CD are great and the CD deserves 5 stars.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stone on May 27, 2005
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Franco Corelli's "Nessun Dorma" is still the best of them all - clear, passionate, and exciting. (And those final two notes...! Gives me chills just to think of it.) I was fortunate enough to see him live in both "Turandot" and "Romeo and Juliet" a year before his retirement, and he was still a Calaf and a Romeo to die for... as, of course, Liu and Juliet did! As it is, I tend to buy compilations depending on how much Corelli they include - though Bjorling is a strong second, and I have happy memories of Domingo. Long live the Golden Age of Operatic Tenors!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Brackett Baker on April 16, 2007
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This CD, which is truly fine overall, reminds me of Marilyn Horne's lament that we have probably seen the end of the big voice and it makes me sad. I agree with the reviewer who refers to "microphonies". And more justice could be done to Bjorling's voice with a better transfer. But at some point, music becomes a matter of taste and I prefers singers who have the instrument and the support and the training, whether formal or not, to just let fly and take a chance on making a mistake. Domingo can be wonderful and so can his musicianship but he tends to be so stiff. I have to wonder at the virulence and asperity with which some people go after Pavarotti. It's true that late in his career he made some questionable recordings but the answer to that is simple: don't buy them. At his best, he belongs for all time in the top echelon of tenors. I love this CD and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys great (big) voices.
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