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The World's Greatest Opera Album [Import]

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Bizet: Carmen - Overture (Prelude)Sir Georg Solti 2:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Verdi: La traviata / Act 1 - "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi)Richard Bonynge 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Che gelida manina"Berliner Philharmoniker 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Delibes: Lakmé / Act 1 - Viens, Mallika, ... Dôme épais (Flower Duet)Richard Bonynge 5:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Giordano: Fedora / Act 2 - "Amor ti vieta"Alberto Erede 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bizet: Carmen / Act 1 - "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise)Sir Georg Solti 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Verdi: Nabucco / Act 3 - Chorus: "Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate"Sir Georg Solti 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3 - "Dove sono i bei momenti"Sir Georg Solti 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Verdi: Rigoletto / Act 3 - "La donna è mobile"Richard Bonynge 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Wagner: Lohengrin / Act 3 - "Treulich geführt ziehet dahin"Sir Georg Solti 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - "Oh! mio babbino caro"Lamberto Gardelli 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia / Act 1 - No.2 Cavatina: "Largo al factotum"Leo Nucci 5:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Catalani: La Wally / Act 1 - Ebben? Ne andrò lontanaAngela Gheorghiu 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Coro a bocca chiusa (Humming Chorus)Wiener Staatsopernchor 3:01$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Bizet: Carmen / Act 2 - "La fleur que tu m'avais jetée"Sir Georg Solti 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann / Act 2 - Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amourL'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Puccini: Tosca / Act 3 - "E lucevan le stelle"Zubin Mehta 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 2 - Un bel dì vedremoHerbert von Karajan 4:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Bizet: Les pêcheurs de perles / Act 1 - "C'est toi"... "Au fond du temple saint"Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal 7:32$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Wagner: Die Walküre - The Ride of the ValkyresSir Georg Solti 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Act 2 - "Voi che sapete"Wiener Kammerorchester 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Leoncavallo: Pagliacci / Act 1 - "Recitar!" - "Vesti la giubba"The National Philharmonic Orchestra 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "O soave fanciulla"Berliner Philharmoniker 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 2 - "Vedi! le fosche notturne spoglie" (Anvil Chorus)Sir Georg Solti 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Puccini: Manon Lescaut / Act 1 - Donna non vidi maiJosé Carreras 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mozart: Don Giovanni, K.527 / Act 1 - "Là ci darem la mano"Vienna Haydn Orchestra 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Leoncavallo: MattinataLeone Magiera 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Gounod: Faust / Act 4 - "Déposons les armes" (Soldiers' Chorus)Richard Bonynge 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore / Act 2 - "Una furtiva lagrima"Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Puccini: Turandot / Act 1 - Signore, ascoltaZubin Mehta 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Mozart: Don Giovanni / Act 1 - "Fin ch'han dal vino"Sir Georg Solti 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Mozart: Così fan tutte, K.588 / Act 1 - "Soave sia il vento"Sir Georg Solti 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Verdi: Il Trovatore / Act 3 - "Di quella pira"Richard Bonynge 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Puccini: Tosca / Act 2 - "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore"Sir Georg Solti 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Bizet: Carmen / Act 1 - Toreador SongSir Georg Solti 5:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Puccini: Madama Butterfly / Act 1 - Vogliatemi beneHerbert von Karajan 7:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - IntermezzoGianandrea Gavazzeni 3:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Dvorák: Rusalka, Op.114 / Act 1 - O Silver MoonSir Georg Solti 6:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Puccini: La Bohème / Act 1 - "Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì"Angela Gheorghiu 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Puccini: Turandot / Act 3 - Nessun dorma!Zubin Mehta 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 11, 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca Classics
  • ASIN: B0000042I1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This really is a remarkable collection, and anyone even remotely interested in opera is bound to be vastly entertained by it. Almost everything and everyone is here, albeit in small doses: Tebaldi, Pavarotti (a lot), Bjoerling, Bartoli, Sutherland, Solti, Karajan, Troyanos, Gheorghiu, Nucci; the composers are Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, and all the other usual suspects. There are plenty of fine compilation sets on the market, and this is one of the best. One can only hope that it whets listeners' appetites for whole operas. --Robert Levine

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! August 14, 1999
By A Customer
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This recording is incredible - from Troyanos' wonderful Habenera, to Te Kanawa's beautiful, world class renditions of Dove sono and vissi d'arte....from Pavarotti to Bjoirling, Sutherland to Caballe, this recording is magnificent. There was only one thing that disappointed me - the balance is a bit off - there is, for example, only one Cecilia aria (a not too good attempt at voi che sapete from Le Nozze - it was good, but I've heard her do better) and there was a bit of a Pavarotti overdose. Though everyone loves Pavarotti's voice, me included, there could have been more scope for other singers. That isn't me moaning of course, Pavarotti is brilliant and so is everyone else - the choice of arias for each singer and for the recording is excellent (thought I would have like to have heard Te Kanawa's O Mio in place of Tebaldi's...) Thoroughly enjoyable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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From the start, this CD has music that captures the listener's attention! For example, the "Brindisi" piece from La Traviata with Pavarotti and Sutherland forwards the motif of vitality and the perfomer's voice ensure that of a quality collection of recordings. Although, some of the more current, younger artists such as Bartoli, Terfel, Fleming, Alagna and Bocelli are not featured as much as the seasoned veterans such as Pavarotti, Domingo and Sutherland. I would have preferred a better mixture of the more current performers rather than that of the older ones, which may have more prestige, and are more well-known. But frankly, all of these singers are all talented and a monopoly of a handful of singers is not fair. Fleming's celestial, intensily supported tone, and Alagna's "tenor" forward tones are worth more attention on the CD. Yet overall, the recording is well mastered and worth buying. Despite the fact the most of the songs are the more popular ones leaving out the rather uniquely obscure pieces, one never gets tired of hearing every "Recitar!...Vesti la giubba" by any and all tenors. A Definate treasure to own!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is the most exciting opera record. You'll have on this CDs the greatest sopranos including the marvelous Gheorghiu, the excellent voice of Te Kanawa, the beautiful voices of Freni, Sutherland, Tebaldi, Bartoli(mezzo) and the power of Flemming. Not to mention the greatest voices ever from tenors like Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Bocelli, Alagna, Björling, Terfel(baritone). With the most intelligent selection of the arias, duos, choruses and I sincerely recommend it to those who love this music and to those who are beginning to enjoy it. Please listen this records and you always be greatful with these kinds of artists.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Opera Collection To Own January 21, 2002
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For novices, and beginners who are having their first sample of the fine art of opera, this collection is a must have. In what are the most beloved and well-known operatic pieces, "celebrity" opera stars Placido Domingo, Kiri Te Kenawa, Cecilia Bartoli, Andrea Bocelli, Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavoratti, provide a rich and colorful collection. Among the beautiful soprano arias you will find "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly, "Voi Che Sapete" from Nozze Di Figaro and "Habenera" from Carmen great tenor arias such as the Flower Song from Carmen, Figaro's Aria from Barber of Seville. You will be enchanted with the fine ensembles from La Traviata (the waltz-like Brindisi) the Flower Duet from Lakme,the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore and the very rarely heard O Silver Moon from Dvorak's Rusalka, sung beautifully by Renee Fleming. This cd is a must have for opera and non-opera fans alike. Five star buy. Highlights include the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore with its powerful chorus, Va Pensiero from Nabucco with its message of hope and sung beautifully by the John Aldis Choir, and the lovely "Barcarolle" from the Tales of Hoffman. A beautiful tenor aria rarely performed also is "Mattinata" sung gorgeously by Bocelli. A five star buy. Opera has never sounded more attractive than it does in this high-quality cd.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection March 1, 2001
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No question - this is an execellent collection of recordings! Rarely does one see this degree of variety and balance in the selection of composers, operas, conductors, and performers in a 2 CD set. If forced to be overly critical, though, I would make 3 points based on my personal preferences: First, I agree with those who feel Pavarotti is featured too often. Personally, I would rather have more Carreras (he appears only once - Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut). Second, while there are some outstanding duets (like the pavarotti/sutherland brindisi from Traviata) and choruses (e.g., soldier's chorus from faust), there are too few ensembles. The Bella Figlia quartet from Rigoletto or the Mia Madre quintet from Figaro would have been excellent additions. Finally, there just ain't enough Wagner (is there ever?). We get only the bridal chorus from Lohengrin and the Ride of the Valkyries. The Meistersinger prize song or the pilgrim's chorus from Tannhauser would both have helped round out the set.
However, to make these additions without adding another CD, some of what's already there would have to go. And what's there now is so glorious, so representative of the great operatic works and (relatively recent) interpretations, I'd hate to see something else get left out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super album
Published 2 months ago by Luv2Shop
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL!
DO NOT BUY! AWFUL! I love Pavarotti but this CD is the worst music I've ever heard. Don't waste your money!
Published 9 months ago by FinnGirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I know it's great because I once owned the CD.
I have yet to receive a link to the MP3, or Amazon Cloud, or whatever, that would allow me to download the album to my phone or computer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The MASTERS Program
5.0 out of 5 stars World's Greatest? I think so!
Perhaps it's my sound system, but some of the recordings, because they are a compilation of the most amazing performers of our time and therefore, have been digitally remastered,... Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Love!
Almost every reviewer give this recording 5 stars. Two gave it 4 and nit picked (and that's their right). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Kevin H. Cushman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Some of the best opera singers in the world get together to enlighten ones senses. Love to turn the volume up on this one and space out.
Published 22 months ago by Damama
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Recording
This recording has terribly uneven level of volume. For example, item #10 and #14 in disc one are barely audible if you set your speaker's volume by #9. Read more
Published on January 6, 2011 by Review as it Fits
5.0 out of 5 stars Always makes me happy
I just bought my second copy of this excellent CD because I literally wore the first one out. No matter how I feel before I play this music, I feel joy whenever I listen to it. Read more
Published on April 6, 2007 by Quiddity
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff!
this is a great CD. I got it as a birthday present from someone who knows how much I love opera. Lots of great selections here, sung by great singers. Read more
Published on April 18, 2001 by Mel B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this!
I enjoy opera and classical music quite a bit, without being a big opera buff. The selections for this CD are great -- some of my all-time favorites, and some pieces from... Read more
Published on October 20, 2000
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