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The Legendary Enrico Caruso: 21 Favorite Arias
Ruggero Leoncavallo, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi
The Legendary Enrico Caruso: 21 Favorite Arias
Genre: Classical
 
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There's a plethora of single-disc Caruso collections, but this one's the preferred choice for opera fans who treasure this golden- voiced epitome of Golden Age singing. It's a Greatest Hits collection to beat all Greatest ...  more »

      
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There's a plethora of single-disc Caruso collections, but this one's the preferred choice for opera fans who treasure this golden- voiced epitome of Golden Age singing. It's a Greatest Hits collection to beat all Greatest Hits collections. Selections span Caruso's career, from the lyric effusions of 1906-7 to the darker-voiced later recordings, including one of his last records, the 1920 La Juive aria, "Rachel, quand du Seigneur," which he invests with a heartbreaking poignancy that hasn't been bettered. Caruso shines brightest in the Italian repertory, capturing the pathos of Vesti la Giubba, the insouciance of the Duke's Rigoletto arias, and the hero's dilemma in Celeste Aida, among much else. But everything here is wonderful--great music, great singing. --Dan Davis

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A childhood memory
Shalom Freedman | Jerusalem,Israel | 05/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I do not really know Opera. I am writing this review because I remember hearing Caruso's voice coming from a seventy- eight on an old Victor gramophone in my paternal grandparents house. The power and lyric quality of the voice struck me so strongly especially in 'Pagliacci'. The phrase has been with me, and comes back occasionally through all the years.
Caruso was then, and I believe still is considered at the very top of operatic singers. And it is a remarkable experience to hear so many years later , and in a stronger and clearer way sounds which one heard long ago in childhood, and have for years only lived in the mind."
Great to hear the Great Tenor
H. Rendleman | Anacortes, WA USA | 04/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am impressed how well these almost 100 year old recordings have been transfered to CD. Of course they aren't perfect but considering their age it is still a miracle. It is nice to hear Caruso in his prime and not on a scratchy vinyl. I would recommend this to any lover of Caruso's singing."
Great collection.
JEFF | Illinois, USA | 11/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is an older RCA release, but still one of the best! A great introduction to Caruso."