40 Most Beautiful Arias

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40 Most Beautiful Arias
Maria Callas / Placido Domingo / Jennifer Larmore / Kiri te Kanawa / Jose Carreras / Cecilia Bartoli / Roberto Alagna / Angela Gheorghiu

[ Warner Classics / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 10 February 2009

Nothing stirs the soul and tugs at the heartstrings more than an inspired operatic aria. Warner Classics CD set 40 MOST BEAUTIFUL ARIAS collects forty of the most moving ones the world has known on this star-studded collection.

Among the compilation's featured artists are some of the most important operatic voices ever to grace the stage including Roberto Alagna, Cecilia Bartoli, Maria Callas, José Carreras, Plácido Domingo, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Gheorghiu and others.

The collection features unforgettable songs from operas including Carmen, Don Giovanni, La Boheme, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Turandot and other masterpieces.

Tracks:

Nessun Dorma (Turandot)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Plácido Domingo
Conductor Nello Santi
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Habanera (Carmen)
Georges Bizet
Soloist Julia Migenes
Conductor Lorin Maazel
Orchestra Orchestre National de France

Una furtiva lagrima (L'elisir d amore)
Gaetano Donizetti
Soloist Roberto Alagna
Conductor Marcello Viotti
Orchestra English Chamber Orchestra

Micaëla's aria (Carmen)
Georges Bizet
Soloist Angela Gheorghiu
Conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Pearlfishers' Duet Georges Bizet
Soloist Jerry Hadley
Soloist Thomas Hampson
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

Ombra mai fu (Serse) - "Handel's Largo"
George Frederic Handel
Soloist Jennifer Larmore
Conductor Jesús López-Cobos
Orchestra Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne

Dido's Lament
Henry Purcell
Soloist Véronique Gens
Conductor William Christie
Orchestra Les Arts Florissants

Voi che sapete (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloist Cecilia Bartoli
Conductor Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker

Soave sia il vento (Così fan tutte)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloists / Conductor Alain Lombard
Orchestra Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

Softly awakes my heart (Samson and Delilah)
Camille Saint-Saëns
Soloist José Cura
Soloist Olga Borodina
Conductor Colin Davis
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra

Pourquoi me réveiller (Werther)
Jules Massenet
Soloist Jerry Hadley
Soloist Anne Sophie von Otter
Conductor Kent Nagano
Orchestra Orchestre de L'Opéra National de Lyon

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto)
Giuseppe Verdi
Soloist Richard Leech
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra Orchestra of Welsh National Opera

O silver moon (Rusalka)
Antonín Dvorák
Soloist Eva Urbanová
Conductor Ondrej Lenárd
Orchestra Prague Symphony Orchestra

Un bel dì vedremo [One fine day] (Madame Butterfly)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Conductor Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Donna non vidi mai (Manon Lescaut)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist José Cura
Conductor Plácido Domingo
Orchestra Philharmonia Orchestra

Brindisi : Libiamo ne' lieti calici (La traviata)
Giuseppe Verdi
Soloist Neil Shicoff
Soloist Edita Gruberova
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra

Vissi d'arte (Tosca)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Kiri Te Kanawa
Conductor Kent Nagano
Orchestra Orchestre de L'Opéra National de Lyon

Che gelida manina [Your tiny hand is frozen] (La Bohème)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist José Carreras
Conductor James Colon
Orchestra Orchestre National de France

Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì (La Bohème)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Barbara Hendricks
Conductor James Conlon
Orchestra Orchestre National de France

O soave fanciulla (La Bohème)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Barbara Hendricks
Soloist José Carreras
Conductor James Conlon
Orchestra Orchestre National de France

O mio babbino caro (Gianni Schicchi)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Conductor Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Ebben? Ne andrò lontana (La Wally)
Alfredo Catalani
Soloist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Conductor Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Barcarolle - Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Jacques Offenbach
Soloist Hei-Kyung Hong
Soloist Jennifer Larmore
Conductor Jesús López-Cobos
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée [Flower Song] (Carmen)
Georges Bizet
Soloist Plácido Domingo
Conductor Lorin Maazel
Orchestra Orchestre National de France

Signore, ascolta! (Turandot)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Kiri Te Kanawa
Conductor Kent Nagano
Orchestra Orchestre de L'Opéra National de Lyon

Un dì felice (La traviata)
Giuseppe Verdi
Soloist Neil Shicoff
Soloist Edita Gruberova
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra

Dôme épais le jasmin [Flower Duet] (Lakmé)
Léo Delibes
Soloist Hei-Kyung Hong
Soloist Jennifer Larmore
Conductor Jesús López-Cobos
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Porgi amor (Le nozze di Figaro)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloist Lella Cuberli
Conductor Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra Berliner Philharmoniker

Dalla sua pace (Don Giovanni)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloist Hans-Peter Blochwitz
Conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Casta diva (Norma)
Vincenzo Bellini
Soloist Maria Callas
Conductor Arturo Basile
Orchestra Orchestra Sinfonica della RAI

Lascia ch'io pianga (Rinaldo)
George Frederic Handel
Soloist Marilyn Horne
Conductor Claudio Scimone
Orchestra I Solisti Veneti

J'ai perdu mon Eurydice / Che farò senza Euridice / What is life? (Orpheé et Eurydice)
Christoph Willibald Gluck
Soloist Susan Graham
Conductor Harry Bickett
Orchestra Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Bei Männern, weiche Liebe fühlen (Die Zauberflöte)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Soloist Rosa Mannion
Soloist Anton Scharinger
Conductor William Christie
Orchestra Les Arts Florissants

Celeste Aida (Aida)
Giuseppe Verdi
Soloist Plácido Domingo
Conductor Nello Santi
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta [Doretta's song] (La rondine)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Kiri Te Kanawa
Conductor Kent Nagano
Orchestra Orchestre de L'Opéra National de Lyon

Amor ti vieta (Fedora)
Umberto Giordano
Soloist Plácido Domingo
Conductor Nello Santi
Orchestra Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

Vilja-Lied (Die lustige Witwe)
Franz Lehár
Soloist Karita Mattila
Conductor Yutaka Sado
Orchestra London Philharmonic Orchestra

E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)
Giacomo Puccini
Soloist Plácido Domingo
Conductor Zubin Mehta
Orchestra Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI

Ave Maria (Otello)
Giuseppe Verdi
Soloist Cristina Gallardo-Domâs
Conductor Maurizio Barbacini
Orchestra Münchner Rundfunkorchester

Non più mesta (La Cenerentola)
Gioachimo Rossini
Soloist Jennifer Larmore
Chorus Covent Garden Royal Opera House Chorus
Conductor Carlo Rizzi
Orchestra Orchestra of the Royal Opera House