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listen  1. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Questo azzurro sofà là collochiamNigel Beavan;James Levine0:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Compiacente á colloquiiSherrill Milnes;James Levine 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Son sessant'anni, o vecchioSherrill Milnes;James Levine 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Il giorno intorno già s'insera lentamente!Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Jean Kraft;Maria Ewing;James Levine 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Andrea Chenier/Act I/L'orribile gonnellaRenata Scotto;Jean Kraft;James Levine 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Commososo ... lusingatoRenata Scotto;Jean Kraft;Terence Sharpe;Piero de Palma;James Levine0:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Debole è il Re ...Renata Scotto;Jean Kraft;Terence Sharpe;Piero de Palma;James Levine 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Andrea Chenier/Act I/O pastorelle, addio!James Levine 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Signor Chénier?Placido Domingo;Renata Scotto;Jean Kraft;Terence Sharpe;Piero de Palma;James Levine0:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Al mio dire perdono ed al mio ardire!Placido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine;Jean Kraft 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Andrea Chenier/Act I/Un dì all'azzurro spazioPlacido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine;Jean Kraft 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Andrea Chenier/Act I/La notte il giornoSherrill Milnes;Nigel Beavan;James Levine 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Per ex l'inferno!Maria Ewing;Michel Sénéchal;Enzo Dara;James Levine 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Temer? ... Perchè? Perchè temer dovrò?Maria Ewing;James Levine 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Andrea Chenier/Act II/No, non m'inganno!Placido Domingo;Michel Sénéchal;Allan Monk;James Levine 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Credo a una possanza arcanaPlacido Domingo;Allan Monk;James Levine 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Calliagrafia in vero femminil!Placido Domingo;Allan Monk;James Levine 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Viva Robespierre! Evviva!Placido Domingo;Sherrill Milnes;Maria Ewing;Michel Sénéchal;Allan Monk;Enzo Dara;James Levine 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Ecco l'altarePlacido Domingo;Renata Scotto;Michel Sénéchal;James Levine 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Eravate possentePlacido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Ora soave, sublime ora d'amore!Placido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Andrea Chenier/Act II/Maddalena di Coigny!Placido Domingo;Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Michel Sénéchal;Allan Monk;Enzo Dara;James Levine 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Doumouriez traditore e girondinoSherrill Milnes;Enzo Dara;James Levine 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Lacrime e sangue dà la Francia!Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Prendi! É un ricordo (Son la vecchia Madelon)James Levine;Gwendolyn Killebrew;Sherrill Milnes 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Amici, ancor cantiam, beviamSherrill Milnes;Michel Sénéchal;David Brand;James Levine 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Donnina innamorataSherrill Milnes;Michel Sénéchal;James Levine 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Nemico della patria?Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Michel Sénéchal;James Levine 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Se ancor di me vi sovvenite non so!Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 4:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Andrea Chenier/Act III/La mamma mortaRenata Scotto;James Levine 6:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Perduto!Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;James Levine 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Mamma CadetRenata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Enzo Dara;Stuart Harling;Malcolm King;James Levine 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Si, fui soldatoPlacido Domingo;James Levine 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Andrea Chenier/Act III/Udiamo i testimoni!Placido Domingo;Renata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Stuart Harling;Malcolm King;James Levine 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Andrea Chenier/Act IV/Cittadino, men duol, ma è tardi assaiPlacido Domingo;Allan Monk;Isser Bushkin;James Levine 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Andrea Chenier/Act IV/Come un bel di di maggioPlacido Domingo;James Levine 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Andrea Chenier/Act IV/Viene a costei concessoRenata Scotto;Sherrill Milnes;Isser Bushkin;James Levine 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Andrea Chenier/Act IV/Vicino a te s'acquetaPlacido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Andrea Chenier/Act IV/La nostra mortePlacido Domingo;Renata Scotto;James Levine 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Umberto Giordano, James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Philharmonic Orchestra, et al.
  • Audio CD (August 10, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000JPBR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr JB on February 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Here we have Domingo & Milnes at their absolutely best. Scotto also is great, landing somewhere between Tebaldi and Callas. It's heard from the very start, Gérard's "son sessant'anni..." gives the tone to the whole performance - blood red and white hot as it is. Thereafter we're spoilt with at least ten - how often are there such a number in one opera - of melodic, dramatic and not least lovely tunes - here greatly sung by some of the last centurys greatest voices. Although I find Bjorling, Corelli and Bastianini great in their respective parts, this is THE over all best studio performance. Feel perfectly assured with this one - the only one to compete is a obscure live version with Del Monaco & Callas on the record label of Melodram (or 'Verona'). Nore Pavarotti's, nore Carreras' versions comes even close to the impact and theatrical reliability of this recording.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jim Player on February 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This recording came near the end of the famous Domingo/Milnes RCA recordings when they made a flurry of operas with Price, Caballé and Scotto. Here they are paired with Scotto, and led by the young James Levine with the National Philharmonic which was much used at that time by RCA and Decca.
The main reasons for purchasing this album is for the leading trio in their prime, and for the enthusiastic conducting of Levine. Dramatically, it's more enthusiastic than anything else, and that can be heard right from the opening bars. The freshness and vitality is quite brilliant, and the voices are all healthy and vigorous. However, a first impression only lasts so long, for this is basically a good, but routine Chenier that merely scratches the surface of good theater. For a late 70's recording, it's quite good and worth owning, but it lacks the dramatic punch to put it over the edge.
Perhaps the most notable reason to hear this is for a document of how exciting Levine's conducting used to be, before his Bayreuth years and subsequent deification at the Met. An early review stated that this Chenier sounded as fresh as if the ink were still wet on the score. What a contrast to what we have today....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 25, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I agree with both reviewers below: this 1977 performance of Andrea Chenier is the best studio version, and given the absence of tenors with Domingo's charisma, it may be the best we can expect for a long time. but this isn't just the familiar Domingo-Milnes show. By a long stretch Scotto is the best Maddalena I've ever heard. Even though she never had the strong chest tones of a true verismo soprano like Tebaldi, Milanov, or Magda Olivero, Scotto had the right attitude--she seems to be tearing her heart out. Milnes is blustery, as usual, but domingo couldn't be better as the ardent Chenier, and Levine's vigorous pacing helps to disguise the weaknesses in the music (although an audience favorite, this opera is disdained by critics, one of whom called it a garbage can filled with verismo cliches).

Among the competition, I'm aware of the Callas mono recording, a live aircheck in dreadful sound, and the Chailly-conducted set on Decca with Pavarotti and Caballe, which features the tenor is less than best voice and the soprano a bit too droopy for my tastes. So this RCA set holds it onw.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mwalsh on February 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
All fans of opera search for the "perfect recording" of this work or that. All too often, we have to settle for "pretty good"--while we wish that a particular group of soloists had recorded it (but never did), or that so-and-so had not been past his/her prime, or that the sound was more modern, or whatever.

Not the case here. The sound is late pre-digital era and is outstanding. The balance between orchestra and singers is perfect. All the soloists are in their primes, with the possible exception of Scotto. Her voice was just starting to wobble slightly in the upper register, but it doesn't bother me at all for Maddalena. She attacks her role with abandon, giving a performance with "warts and all" that is passionate and beautiful. Domingo's dark, ringing young tenor voice pours through one glorious aria after another, and his duets are sensitive. Milnes was still a force in the late 70s, and his biting baritone is second-to-none as Gerard.

This opera is certainly one of my favorites, but the recording is, hands down, my favorite opera recording, a desert island recording, if you will. And my collection includes other greats, like Rigoletto with Pav/Milnes/Sutherland, Boheme with Pav/Freni and Faust with Gedda/de los Angeles.

For a few days back in 1976, a "perfect storm" gathered in a recording studio and lighting was captured, preserving musical magic for all time. What group of singers today could equal, let alone surpass, this Chenier? I can't think of a tenor, soprano and baritone who could--and there are some fairly decent artists around, but not like those in this recording. Not even close.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 29, 2013
Format: Audio CD
After years of delay, I finally bought this 1978 recording in the hope and expectation of its being as good as the "Adriana Lecouvreur" from the previous year with the same conductor and three principal singers. I truly believe that recording to be one of the finest in my (shamefully extensive) collection. This one is undoubtedly very fine but not quite as overwhelming as that "Adriana", mainly because it demands just that bit more of vocal heft, bravura and stamina from both the tenor and the soprano - and Scotto's voice had already begun to deteriorate a year further on, while Domingo's lovely voice is pushed beyond its comfort zone.

The greatest strength remains Levine's impassioned conducting; you can hear him grunting and driving on his orchestra who respond enthusiastically to his direction in an opera which hardly demands subtlety to make its mark. I have no truck with the old cliché that this is second-rate verismo claptrap; it's bursting with great tunes and isn't burdened with a poor libretto - no wonder that the three main roles remain so attractive to singer-actors with beefy voices. But in the context of its recorded history, this version of "Andrea Chénier" pales alongside those featuring Gigli, Del Monaco and, above all, Corelli as the noble eponymous hero, just as Scotto's spreading tone, which becomes little more than a scream at climactic points in the last belter of a duet, means that she cannot compare with vocally better endowed Maddalenas such as Caniglia, Bruna-Rasa or Tebaldi. Domingo was never a heroic spinto tenor in the mode required here; his straining and discomfort, accompanied by thinness of tone on the highest, loudest, sustained notes are evident. It is still a very fine performance but not as thrilling as the very best.
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