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Massenet - Le Cid / Domingo · Bumbry · Plishka · Byrne Camp Chorale · OONY · Queler

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ov - Opr Orch Of New York/Eve Queler
  2. Act 1, Scene 1 - Arnold Voketaitis/Theodore Hodges/Clinton Ingram/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  3. Act 1,Scene 1: I Can Love Freely Before All! - Eleanor Bergquist/Grace Bumbry
  4. Act 1, Scene 1: Leave The Doubts In My Soul, - Eleanor Bergquist/Grace Bumbry
  5. Act 2, Scene 2 - Eleanor Bergquist/Grace Bumbry/Jake Gardner/Paul Plishka/Arnold Voketaitis/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne...
  6. Act 2, Scene 2: Do You Swear To Be A Good Knight? - Jake Gardner/Placido Domingo
  7. Act 2, Scene 2: Oh, Noble Sword That Gleems - Placido Domingo
  8. Act 2, Scene 2: To St. James Of Compostela - Placido Domingo/Grace Bumbry
  9. Act 2, Scene 2: So You Have Won The Prize! - Paul Plishka/Arnold Voketaitis/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  10. Act 2, Scene 2: Oh, Rage, Oh, Dispair - Paul Plishka/Placido Domingo
  11. Act 2, Scene 2: Rodrigo, Do You Have A Heart - Paul Plishka/Placido Domingo
  12. Act 2, Scene 1 - Placido Domingo/Grace BumbryPaul Plishka
  13. Act 2, Scene 1: A Word With You, Count! - Placido Domingo/Arnold Voketaitiis
  14. Act 2, Scene 1: While Returning To Your Honor - Placido Domingo/Paul Pishka
  15. Act 2, Scene 2 - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  16. Act 2, Scene 2: Castillane - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrn Camp
  17. Act 2, Scene 2: Aubade - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrn Camp
  18. Act 2, Scene 2: Catalane - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrn Camp

Disc: 2

  1. Act 2, Scene 2: Navarraise - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  2. Act 2, Scene 2: The King! The King! - Grace Bumbry
  3. Act 2, Scene 2: You, Don Diego, Speak! - Grace Bumbry/Jake Gardner
  4. Act 2, Scene 2: What Torment To See Her! - Placido Domingo/Grace Bumbry/Paul Plishka/Peter Lightfoot/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  5. Act 3, Scene 1 - Op Orch Of New York/Eve Queler
  6. Act 3, Scene 1: I Leave That Frightful Combat With My Soul Shattered! - Grace Bumbry
  7. Act 3, Scene 1: Rodrigo! You! In This Dwelling! - Placido Domingo/Grace Bumbry
  8. Act 3, Scene 1: Die! You Will Die! - Placido Domingo/Grace Bumbry
  9. Act 3, Scene 2 - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp/Placido Domingo
  10. Act 3, Scene 3 - Placido Domingo
  11. Act 3, Scene 3: Oh, Lord, Oh, Judge, Oh Father - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp/Placido Domingo/John Adams
  12. Act 3, Scene 4: Oh Noble Sword - Placidio Domingo/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  13. Act 4, Scene 1 - Op Orch Of New York/Eve Queler
  14. Act 4, Scene 1: So Then My Son Is Dead! - Paul Plishka/Eleanor Bergquist/Jake Gardner/Jake GardnerGrace Bumbry
  15. Act 4, Scene 4 - Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp
  16. Act 4, Scene 4: Oh, King! It Is From You That I Recieved This Sword - Placido Domingo/Byrne Camp Chor/Byrne Camp/Jake Gardner/Grace Bumbry
  17. Act 4, Scene 4: And How I Will Answer! - Grace Bumbry/Jake Gardner/Placido Domingo/Paul Plishka/Eleanor Bergquist/Arnold Voketaitis...


Product Details

  • Performer: Jules Massenet, Eve Queler, Plácido Domingo, Grace Bumbry, Opera Orchestra of New York, et al.
  • Audio CD (October 11, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002578
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

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I bought this CD and really love it. I was very intrigued as to why I could not find out more about this opera as the music is very powerful and interesting. The CD doesn't even come with a libretto!

After trying to find a libretto online I decided to just buy the "other" Le Cid with Domingo, recorded in 1976.

Perhaps I should have read the details more carefully but the other rendition (with Domingo, brown cover) is exactly the same recording but comes with a libretto. So I should have purchased the other in the first place.

If you don't want or need a libretto, this CD will do. I just wanted to save someone from having to buy both as I did only to discover the recordings are the same.

Chris Reich
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The only available complete recording of the most Wagnerian Massenet's oper completed between Manon and Werther in 1885.It is carefully balanced monumental tragedy after Corneille in Lohengrin-like manner (with some Spanish dances and tunes added), more passionate and less sentimental then Hérodiade or Esclarmonde.
The 1976 Carnegie Hall performance sounds great under energic (woman's!) baton with very strong and idiomatic cast (no French!). The national Spanish hero is perfectly suited to Domingo in his golden prime and Bumbry is his magnificent tragic heroine. Bergquist as Infante, Plishka and other low voices are very good, too. Why is it not a repertory piece?
Warmly recommended - not for Massenetists only!
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This recording has been around for thirty years and now that I've acquired it I wonder why I didn't do so earlier. However, this is now available in a bargain "twofer" format from Sony - though you have to do without a libretto. Still, the plot is uncomplicated, the synopsis adequate, and the cues clear - so if you have a bit of French to boot you won't be lost. There isn't, to my knowledge, an alternative version, but with a performance and recording of this quality you won't need one: the three principals are in magnificent voce - especially Bumbry - and the opera is packed with stirring emotion, lovely melodies and dramatic confrontations. Some of the triumphal music is redolent of "Aida" and Massenet once again manages to do what so many French composers seem to be capable of, and inject an authentic Spanish atmosphere into his score - as he does in "Cherubin" and "Don Quichotte", for example. You would hardly guess that it was a live, concert performance - the Carnegie Hall audience is very well behaved and the soloists sing faultlessly. Both the second soprano, Eleanor Berquist, and the baritone, Arnold Voketaitis, are singers unknown to me but they are estimable artists; she, in particular, has some beautiful music and sings both powerfully and sweetly. If you love Massenet, as I do, don't hesitate - or if you simply want to hear some great singing in an unaccountably neglected opera, go for it.
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For some unidentified reason, this recording is overlooked and has not been given proper credit. Grace Bumbry and Placido Domingo are both spectacular singers. Domingo is the world's greatest tenor,... Grace Bumbry is a mezzo soprano with powerful dramatic vocal ranges suited for roles such as Tosca and Aida. Massenet was a French composer and master of the grand opera in the late nineteenth century. His famous works include Manon and Thais. Le Cid is effective as a grand opera, complete with rousing choruses, a ballet (Spanish dances in this case) and beautiful duets and plenty of dramatic action. Don Rodrigue is the legendary Spanish hero they call El Cid, who vanquished the Moors in a terrific battle (which is also acted out in the opera) and won the heart of Donna Chimene, the Spanish princess, who, in the opera, is torn between feelings of vengeance for her father's death (at Rodrigue's hand) and her own unexplainable love for him. The music is superbly orchestrated and the drama is unmatched by any other grand opera, for Massenet surpassed and perfected the style that Giacomo Meyerbeer began. This is a must have and five stars well deserved. Placido Domingo is my favorite tenor and I am currently searching for recordings of him, especially his greater moments when he was at the peak of his vocal prowess.
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This recording has been around for thirty years and now that I've acquired it I wonder why I didn't do so earlier. (However, this is now available in a bargain "twofer" format with Sony Classical rather than this expensive set - though you have to do without a libretto. Still, the plot is uncomplicated, the synopsis adequate, and the cues clear - so if you have a bit of French to boot you won't be lost.) There isn't, to my knowledge, an alternative version, but with a performance and recording of this quality you won't need one: the three principals are in magnificent voce - especially Bumbry - and the opera is packed with stirring emotion, lovely melodies and dramatic confrontations. Some of the triumphal music is redolent of "Aida" and Massenet once again manages to do what so many French composers seem to be capable of, and inject an authentic Spanish atmosphere into his score - as he does in "Cherubin" and "Don Quichotte", for example. You would hardly guess that it was a live, concert performance - the Carnegie Hall audience is very well behaved and the soloists sing faultlessly. Both the second soprano, Eleanor Berquist, and the baritone, Arnold Voketaitis, are singers unknown to me but they are estimable artists; she, in particular, has some beautiful music and sings both powerfully and sweetly. If you love Massenet, as I do, don't hesitate - or if you simply want to hear some great singing in an unaccountably neglected opera, go for it.
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