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Caballé - Original Jacket Collection Box set, Limited Edition

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This Spanish vocal virtuoso has just turned 75, won the Gramophone Lifetime Achievement Award-and earned her own 15-disc boxed set, personally compiled by the illustrious soprano herself! The CDs come in reproductions of the LP jackets (front and back), and the music ranges from Italian arias to German Lieder to complete operas: Bellini's Norma and Strauss' Salome ; rarities discs of Verdi, Rossini and Donizetti; a Richard Strauss song recital; a tribute to Enrique Granados; arias from Il Parata, Roberto Devereux, Lucrezia Borgia, Maria de Rohan , and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Casta diva
  2. Oh! s'io potessi dissipar le nubi; Col sorriso d'innocenza (Mad Scene)
  3. E Sara in questi orribili momenti; Vivi, ingrato, a lei d'accanto
  4. Tranquillo ei posa; Com'è bello! Quale incanto
  5. Infausto Imene; Havvi un dio

Disc: 2

  1. La Cancíon del olvidó: Marinela, Marinela (The Song of Forgetfulness)
  2. El Rey que rabió: Mi tío se figura (The King Who Raved; My Uncle Imagines)
  3. Bohemios: No quiero que sepa que aquí vengo yo (Gypsies: I don't want him to know that I am here)
  4. El Cabo primero: Yo quiero a un hombre (The First Chief; I love a man)
  5. Marina: Pensar en él (Thinking of him)
  6. ¡Cuando Esta Tan Hondo¡
  7. El Nino judío: De Espana vengo (The Jewish Child; From Spain I Come)
  8. La Rosa del Azafrán: No me duele que se vaya (The Saffron Flower; I am not sorry he departs)
  9. Don Gil de Alcalá: Bendita cruz (Blessed Cross)

Disc: 3

  1. Descubrase El Pensamiento De Mi Secreto Cuidado
  2. Mañanica Era
  3. Llorad, Corazón, Que Teneis Razón
  4. Mira Que Soy Niña, ¡Amor, Déjame!
  5. No Lloreis, Ojuelos
  6. Iban Al Pinar
  7. Gracia Mía
  8. La Maja Dolorosa No. 1
  9. La Maja Dolorosa No. 2
  10. La Maja Dolorosa No. 3
  11. El Tra La La Y El Punteado
  12. El Mirar De La Maja
  13. Callejeo
  14. Amor y Odio
  15. El Majo Discreto
  16. El Majo Tímido
  17. La Maja De Goya

Disc: 4

  1. Ich Liebe Dich Op. 37 Nº 2 (Te Amo)
  2. Ruhe, Meine Seele! Op. 27 Nº 1 (Ten Calma Alma Mia)
  3. Ich Schwebe Op. 48 Nº 2 (Flotando)
  4. Traum Durch Due Dämmerung Op. 29 Nº 1(Ensueño En El Atardecer)
  5. Zueignung Op. 10 Nº 1 (Dedicacion)
  6. Wie Sollten Wir Geheim Sie Halten Op. 19 Nº 4 (Como Podriamos Mantener Secreta...)
  7. Wiegenlied Op. 41 Nª 1 (Cancion De Cuna)
  8. Ich Trage Meine Minne Op. 32 Nº 1 (Llevo Mi Amor)
  9. Freundliche Vision Op. 48 Nº 1 (Amable Vision)
  10. Schlechtes Wetter Op. 69 Nº 5 (Mal Tiempo)
  11. Morgen! Op. 27 Nº 4 (Mañana!)
  12. Befreit Op. 39 Nº 4 (Liberado)
  13. Die Nacht Op. 10 Nº 3 (La Noche)
  14. Cäcilie, Op. 27 Nº 2 (Cecilia)

Disc: 5

  1. Ah! non m'hanno ingannata! - Grave a core innamorato
  2. Qual prodigio! - Non fu sogno!
  3. No, mi lasciate, Tu al cui sguardo onnipossente
  4. Riposa. Tutte, in suo dolor vegliante; Da Gusman, su fragil Barca
  5. Liberamente or piangi - Oh! Nel fuggente nuvolo
  6. Egli non riede ancora! - Non so le tetre immagini
  7. Oh, cielo! Dove son'io!; Ah! Dagli scanni eterei

Disc: 6

  1. Tanti affeti in tal momento
  2. O tu, del mio dolor; Assisa a' piè d'un salice
  3. Inflammatus et accensus
  4. D'amore al dolce impero
  5. O patria, dolce; Tu che accendi questo core di tanti palpiti
  6. L'ora fatal s'appressa; Giusto ciel! In tal periglio

Disc: 7

  1. El Caserío: Buenos días
  2. La Generala: Mi dulce sueno de adolescente
  3. La Leyenda del beso: Amor, mi raza sabe conquistar
  4. Luisa Fernanda: Caballero del alto plumero
  5. La Dolores: !Dolores mia! ...! Aquí tu!
  6. El Dúo de la Africana: Comprende lo grave de mi situación

Disc: 8

  1. Mira, o Norma - Shirley Verrett
  2. Serbami ognor; Alle più calde immagini - Shirley Verrett
  3. Dio, che mi vedi; Sul suo capo aggravi un Dio - Shirley Verrett
  4. Barcarolle: Belle nuit - Shirley Verrett
  5. Silenzio! Aida verso noi s'avanza - Shirley Verrett
  6. Il cannone del porto! (Flower Duet) - Shirley Verrett
  7. E un anatema!; L'a attesi e il tempo - Shirley Verrett

Disc: 9

  1. Fatal Goffredo!; Trono e corona
  2. Lascia, Guido, ch' io possa vendicare; Una voce al cor; Egli riede? - Tom McDonnell
  3. Plauso! Voci di gioia; Sin la tomba è a me negata!
  4. No, più salir non ponno; Ciel, sei tu in tal momento; Ugo è spento - Tom McDonnell

Disc: 10

  1. Mia Madre Aveva.../Canzone Del Salince/Ave Maria
  2. Ecco l'orrido
  3. Piangete voi?... Al dolce guidami
  4. Depuis le jour
  5. Vissi d'arte

Disc: 11

  1. Prelude - Carlo Felice Cillario
  2. Ite sul colle, o Druidi - Carlo Felice Cillario
  3. Svanir le voci - Carlo Felice Cillario
  4. Meco all'altar di Venere - Carlo Felice Cillario
  5. Odi? I suoi riti a compiere Norma - Carlo Felice Cillario
  6. Norma viene - Carlo Felice Cillario
  7. Sediziose voci, voci di guerra - Carlo Felice Cillario
  8. Casta diva
  9. Fine al rito - Carlo Felice Cillario
  10. Ah! bello a me ritorna - Carlo Felice Cillario
  11. Sgombra è la sacra selva - Carlo Felice Cillario
  12. Eccola! Va, mi lascia - Carlo Felice Cillario
  13. Va, crudele, al dio spietato - Carlo Felice Cillario
  14. E tu pure, ah! tu non sai - Carlo Felice Cillario

Disc: 12

  1. Vanne, e li cela entrambi - Carlo Felice Cillario
  2. Adalgisa! - Alma, costanza! - Carlo Felice Cillario
  3. Ma di', l'amato giovane - Carlo Felice Cillario
  4. Oh! di qual sei tu vittima - Carlo Felice Cillario
  5. Dormono entrambi - Carlo Felice Cillario
  6. Me chiami, a Norma? - Carlo Felice Cillario
  7. Mira, o Norma

Disc: 13

  1. Non partì? - Carlo Felice Cillario
  2. Guerrieri! a voi venirne - Carlo Felice Cillario
  3. Ah! del Tebro al giogo indegno - Carlo Felice Cillario
  4. Ei tornerà, sì - Carlo Felice Cillario
  5. Guerra, guerra! - Carlo Felice Cillario
  6. Nè compi il rito, a Norma? - Carlo Felice Cillario
  7. In mia man alfin tu sei - Carlo Felice Cillario
  8. All'ira vostra nuova vittima io svelo - Ruggero Raimondi
  9. Deh! non volerli vittime - Carlo Felice Cillario

Disc: 14

  1. Wie schön ist die Prinzessin Salome - Sherrill Milnes
  2. Ich will nicht bleiben - Sherrill Milnes
  3. Du wirst das für mich tun, Narraboth - Sherrill Milnes
  4. Wo ist er, dessen Sündenbecher jetzt voll ist? - Sherrill Milnes
  5. Jokanaan! Ich bin verliebt - Sherrill Milnes
  6. Dein Haar ist grässlich! - Sherrill Milnes
  7. Tochter der Unzucht - Sherrill Milnes
  8. Wo ist Salome? Wo ist die Prinzessin? - Sherrill Milnes
  9. Salome, komm, trink Wein mit mir - Sherrill Milnes
  10. Wahrhaftig, Herr, es wäre besser - Sherrill Milnes
  11. Siehe, der Tag ist nahe - Sherrill Milnes

Disc: 15

  1. Eine Menge Menschen - Sherrill Milnes
  2. Willst du mir wirklich alles geben - Sherrill Milnes
  3. Wer ist der, der von Edom kommt - Sherrill Milnes
  4. Dance of the Seven Veils - Sherrill Milnes
  5. Ah! Herrlich! Wundervoll, wundervoll! - Sherrill Milnes
  6. Still, spricht nicht zu mir! - Sherrill Milnes
  7. Salome, bedenk, was du tun willst - Sherrill Milnes
  8. Wer hat meinen Ring genommen? - Sherrill Milnes
  9. Ah! du wolltest mich nicht deinen Mund - Sherrill Milnes
  10. Sie ist ein Ungeheuer, deine Tochter - Sherrill Milnes
  11. Ah! Ich habe deinen Mund geküsst, Jokanaan - Sherrill Milnes


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 24, 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 15
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 716 minutes
  • ASIN: B00138Z97C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a great set, and a nice anniversary issue to coincide with the 75th birthday of the great Spanish soprano, a truly grand diva and unique voice, maybe the last example of a breed of singers directly connected with the Grand Tradition and a vocal art -of purity of tone, breath control, combination of power and agility, musicianship and refined artistry, not to mention breathtaking pianissimi- that seems to be quite forgotten by today's big media opera stars. Sony has issued in their original jackets, like beautiful mini LPs, most of her RCA recordings and some of her Spanish Columbia recordings released between 1965, year of her first LP for the American company (Presenting Montserrat Caballé), and 1972. Including Montserrat Caballé Sings Zarzuela, Songs of Enrique Granados, Strauss Lieder Recital, Verdi rarities, Rossini rarities, Zarzuela Love Duets (with husband Bernabé Martí), Donizetti rarities, Great Operatic Heroines, Caballé & Verret Duets, and two complete operas, Norma and Salome. Missing are, among others, the complete recordings of Lucrezia Borgia and Traviata. Anyway, a wonderful box-set at a bargain price and, though I had already all these recordings in previous CD incarnations, I secured my copy as soon as I knew of it. And so should you, before it is too late, being a limited edition. Now, if Sony gave the same treatment to the 8 LPs recorded for the Spanish Vergara and Columbia labels not included here (starting with a superb 1963 Toldrá recital, her very first LP), I would be eternally grateful. Almost all of them were released in compilations by RCA France to celebrate Caballé's 70th birthday. Sony own now the rights and it would be a wonderful sequel to this set.Read more ›
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I gave this collection 5 stars because of the beauty of Montserrat Caballé's voice. As all her fans will agree, she is incredible! However, buyers should be aware that the literature accompanying this set is very limited. Although the cardboard CD slipcases are reproductions of the original LP album jackets, due to the much smaller size most of the text on the back of each is practically illegible. There is also a 64 page booklet which gives a brief account of Caballé's career, reproduces some of the text from the album covers at a readable size, and includes a few B&W photos of the Diva. I was extremely disappointed to find none of the texts included with this set. This is especially annoying since each of the reproduced album covers specifically says that texts and translations are included (as they undoubtedly were in the originals). I do not agree with the previous reviewer that this collection is being issued at a bargain price. At this price, Sony should have provided the texts. At minimum, they could have made them available on their website. Granted, libretti of the more popular works are easily available, but when was the last time anyone saw the libretto of Donizetti's Maria de Rohan?
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What a pleasure it is to have the wonderful reproductions of the original LP covers in this set. It really does help create a sense of nostalgia and excitement. What a difference from the indifferent packaging of so many recent box sets.

What will astound you in this set is the consistent beauty and artistry of the performances, how exciting it must have been to see her on stage. Her ability to wield such an enormous voice to create such a full, powerful and beautiful sound and then pare it right back without resorting to half tone or disconnected sound was a wonder.

Some of the recordings have dated a little. The Rossini disc shows how much we have evolved the performance practice of his operas (little of the material is 'Rare' these days)and the comparison is fascinating. On the Donizetti disc the recording sometimes distorts the voice on high notes which is a dreadful shame. If there are any below performances they are the fault of some indifferent conducting and below par Spanish orchestras. The Granados arrangements are dull and the playing bland. The winds in some of the early recitals sound amateur, but this strangely somehow adds to the sense of discovery. Would it have been better to include her RCA Traviata or Lucrezia Borgia instead? Discuss.

If you are unfamiliar with the Salome and Norma recordings you will be pleasantly surprised by the subtlety and effectiveness of her dramatic interpretation. All the recital discs are tremendous and sufficiently varied in the material covered... and of course I agree in the above reviewers' opinion of the Strauss Lieder disc.

So much to enjoy, and what a lovely present to buy for someone you like more than yourself.
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There is so much to enjoy on these wonderful recordings, some of them available for the first time on CD, which demonstrate Montserrat Caballe's extraordinary versatility. Strauss, Granados, rare operas arias, zarzuelas, duets with her husband Bernabe Marti and with the great Shirley Verrett: it's all here. It would take too long to comment fully on the contents of these 15 CDs, but for me the highlights are the Verdi Rarities which I still have on LP, and the delightful Zarzuela Love Duets. I will come back again and again to the recordings in this much welcome release!
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