Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Giacomo Puccini, Georges Bizet, Giuseppe Verdi|
Nessun Dorma ~ 20 Great Tenor Arias / Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Bergonzi, Aragall, Björling, Di Stefano, Kollo, Corelli, Del Monaco...
Listen to Samples
Similarly Requested CDs
S. Bernard | Mesa, AZ | 01/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't remember how I found this CD the other day surfing through the "Amazon" such as it is, but I did. I listened to a few clips provided & on the strength of that, I purchased this CD.
First it is a great buy. A booklet with pictures of each tenor, a small bio, the year recorded and TRANSLATIONS of each aria are provided. This is really nice. It seems more & more that translations are being left out. Being a former opera singer, I may know most of the words, but sometimes it's just nice to read along (sometimes it's just nice to listen too).
Being on the Decca label, there is admittedly quite a few Pavarotti selections. Out of 20 selections, he has 6 of them. But I love Pavarotti, so this is no problem for me. These are all early recordings & his voice is magnificent! Being a singer, I still marvel at his ability to sing "All'armi!" on a high D and still say the 2nd syllable "mi" on such a note! WOW. There is also of course his very sweet, impassioned and lyrical turn as Rodolfo in "La Boheme" as well as the lesser known (although I still have it on casette) "La Favorita" which has a particularly high tessitura.
Also featured are a young Plácido Domingo singing a VERY nice "Flower song/ La fleur que tu m'avais jetée" from Carmen. He usually sounds too pushed for me on the top notes (as one might expect from a Pavarotti fan, I like free top notes) but in this recording he is pretty darn fabulous. He also sings an aria from "Tales of Hoffman/Les Contes d'Hoffman" and I have always felt that he, like Neil Schicoff, was well suited to this role.
Lamentably there is only one selection each from Carreras, Correlli, Monaco, Aragall & Kollo. Special kudos to the young recording they feature for Aragall. He had a very free and nice high tenor well suited to Verdi. Of course as his career went forward with the natural darkening of his voice and the "heavier" roles, he did start to develop a wobble. But this recording is before that. His top, his phrasing are all beautifully done in his featured aria from "La Traviata."
Mario del Monaco's "E lucevan le stelle" is hauntingly beautiful and has such a wonderful pianissimo in it that it makes you just want to gasp for beauty's sake. I now know every tenor I've heard sing this aria was trying to emulate what he did.
This is a great CD because it does bring together on one CD some of the greatest singers of the 20th/21st century. Bergonzi, di Stefano, Björling, in addition to the previously mentioned artists is quite an impressive collection. I'm sure there's only one of each for Carreras, Aragall (I believe they are formerly EMI/Angel artists) and perhaps some of the others because they are "imported" from another label. There's so much Pavarotti on this CD because he IS a Decca artist.
A highly recommended CD, affordable, not the usually obscure and unpolished artists that are sometimes found on compilations. Plus acutal linear notes and translations. Nicely done, Decca!!!
An Excellent First Opera CD foe anyone.
Richard D. Cappetto | Moodus, CT United States | 06/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Nessun Dorma 20 Great Tennor Arias would be a great CD for anyone's first Opera CD or a welcome addition to any Opera Fan's collection. How can you go wrong when you have Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Bergonzi, Aragall, Bjorling, Di Stefano, Kollo, Corelli and Del Monico singing such great Arias as Che Gelida Manina, Donna Non Vidi Mai, La Fleur Que Tu M'Avais Jetee, M'appari, Mi Batte Il Cuor...O Paradiso, and on and on. This is a wonderful CD. Its fantastic to sit back and listen to each great's interpretation of the aeria's. Every Area is great but my favorites are Pavarotti singing Che Gelida Manina, M'appari, Favorita Del Re...Spirto Gentil, Di Quella Pira, and he just rules on Nessun Dorma; Corelli singing E Lucevan Le Stelle (you can really hear his influence when you hear Andrea Bocelli sing); Also I am very impressed with Carlo Bergonzi sings beautifully on Mi Batte Il Cuor...O Paradiso, I can just go on and on Carreras, Domingo, Aragall, Bjorling, Di Stefano, Kollo, and Del Monico all wonderful."
Absolutely Agree About Corelli
Peggy Stone | San Diego, CA USA | 05/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Franco Corelli's "Nessun Dorma" is still the best of them all - clear, passionate, and exciting. (And those final two notes...! Gives me chills just to think of it.) I was fortunate enough to see him live in both "Turandot" and "Romeo and Juliet" a year before his retirement, and he was still a Calaf and a Romeo to die for... as, of course, Liu and Juliet did! As it is, I tend to buy compilations depending on how much Corelli they include - though Bjorling is a strong second, and I have happy memories of Domingo. Long live the Golden Age of Operatic Tenors!"