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MONTSERRAT CABALLE
Icon: Montserrat Caballe : Great Operatic Recordings
Montserrat Caballe (soprano) with various orchestras & conductors

[ Warner Classics Icon / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009

"Like many Caballé followers I have lots of these recordings already, but I will come back to this set as it gives such a finely digested overview of the soprano's art. And if you don't have many - or any - Caballé recordings or are unfamiliar with Caballé's art, then go out and buy these discs now." (MusicWeb May 2009)

The famous Spanish soprano Montserrat Caballé was one of the world's leading operatic divas during the latter part of the 20th century.

Her repertoire was wide, and went from the bel canto works of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, through Verdi, Puccini and the verismo operas of Leoncavallo and Mascagni to works by contemporary composers of the day.

She recorded extensively for EMI throughout the 1970s, when she made several albums of operatic arias and duets as well a number of complete operas.

Montserrat passed away in October 2018

This 4 CD set brings together the best of Caballé's EMI recordings and includes highlights from all her complete operas, in which her tenor partners were fellow Spaniards Placido Domingo and José Carreras as well as her husband Bernabé Martí.

The operatic composers whose works are included in the set are Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini, Meyerbeer, Verdi, Puccini, Boito, Giordano, Mascagni and Leoncavallo, and some of the operas represented are La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Turandot, Gianni Schicchi, I puritani, Il pirata, Un ballo in maschera, La forza del destino, Aida, Don Carlo, Otello, Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci and Mefistofele.

As well as many outstanding operatic items, the set also includes some Spanish songs, namely 'Las Fuentecitas del Parque' from Canto a Sevilla by Turina and a complete performance of the delightful Cinco canciones negras by Montsalvatge.

Tracks:

CD1
Gioachino Rossini 1792-1868
Guillaume Tell
1 Sombre forêt (Act II)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli

Recorded in association with Robert Slotover: VII-IX.1972, No.1 Studio,Abbey Road, London / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineers: Christopher Parker & Stuart Eltham ( P) 1973/1988*

Vincenzo Bellini 1801-1835
Il pirata
2 Sorgete…Lo sognai ferito…
3 Quando a un tratto…Sventurata, anchi'io delirio (Act I)
4 Oh! S'io potessi…
5 Col sorriso d'innocenza…
6 Qual suono….Oh Sole! Ti vela (Act II)
Flora Rafanelli soprano (2-4 & 6) • Giuseppe Baratti tenor (2 & 3), Bernabé Martí tenor (3), Coro e Orchestra della RAI, Roma chorus master Gianni Lazzari, Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Recorded: VII.1979, RAI Studios, Rome / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Francis Dillnutt (P) 1971/1992*

I puritani
7 Son vergin vezzosa (Act I) .
8 O rendetemi la speme…Qui la voce…
9 Tornò il riso….Vien diletto (Act II)
10 Finì, me lassa!...Ch'ei provò lontan da me?...
11 Vieni fra queste braccia (Act III)
Alfredo Kraus tenor (7, 10 & 11) • Julia Hamari mezzo-soprano (7) , Matteo Manuguerra baritone (8 & 9) • Agostino Ferrin bass (7-9), Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy, Philharmonia Orchestra , Riccardo Muti

Recorded: VI & VII.1979, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Peter Bown (P) 1980/1988*

Gaetano Donizetti 1797-1848
Poliuto
12 Donna! Malvagio!...
13 Ah fuggi da morte…Il suon dell'arpe angeliche (Act III)
Bernabé Martí tenor, London Symphony Orchestra , Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III-10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London, Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/1995*

CD2
Giacomo Meyerbeer 1791-1864
Les Huguenots
1 Oh ciel ! Où courez-vous ?.....
2 Tu l'as dit…..
3 Plus d'amour ! Plus d'ivresse ! (Act IV)
Bernabé Martí tenor , London Symphony Orchestra , Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III-10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/1995*

Giuseppe Verdi 1813-1901
Giovanna d'Arco
4 Oh, ben s'addice…Sempre all'alba (Prologue)
London Symphony Orchestra , James Levine

Recorded: VIII & IX.1972, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London / Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1973/1989*

Macbeth
5 Vegliammo invan due notti…Una macchia (Macbeth, Act IV)
Elizabeth Bainbridge mezzo-soprano • Thomas Allen baritone, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Anton Guadagno

Recorded: VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London ./ Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1971/1995*

Un ballo in maschera
6 Teco io sto…Non sai tu…M'ami! M'ami! (Act II)
Bernabé Martí tenor , London Symphony Orchestra , Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III-10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London / Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/1995*

La forza del destino
7 La Vergine degli'angeli (Act II)
8 Pace, pace, mio Dio (Act IV)
Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy , Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Anton Guadagno

Recorded: VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1971/1995*

Don Carlo
9 Io vengo a domendar (Act II)
10 Non pianger mia compagna (Act II)
11 Tu che le vanità (Act V)
Placido Domingo tenor (9) • Sherill Milnes baritone (10) Ruggero Raimondi bass (10) Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Carlo Maria Giulini

Recorded: 18-31.VIII.Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1971/2000*

CD3
Aida
1 Ritorna vincitor! (Act I)
2 Qui Radamès verrà…O patria mia (Act III)
3 Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida (Act III)
4 O terra addio (Act IV)
Placido Domingo tenor (3 & 4) • Fiorenza Cossotto mezzo-soprano (4) Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden chorus master Douglas Robinson New Philharmonia Orchestra Riccardo Muti

Recorded: 2-9 & 11.VII.1974, Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Stuart Eltham (P) 1974/2001*

Otello
5 Era più calmo?...Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Act IV)
6 Ave Maria (Act IV)
Elizabeth Bainbridge mezzo-soprano (5) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Anton Guadagno

Recorded: VI.1971, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1971/1995*

Arrigo Boito 1842-1918
Mefistofele
7 L'altra notte in fondo al mare (Act III)
London Symphony Orchestra Julius Rudel

Recorded: VII.1973, No.1 Studio, Abbey Road & Kingsway Hall, London Producer: John Mordler • Balance Engineer: Robert Gooch (P) 1974/1987*

Giacomo Puccini 1858-1924
Manon Lescaut
8 In quelle trine morbide (Act II)
9 Oh, sarò la più bella!...Tu, tu, amore? Tu! (Act II)
10 Sola, perduta, abbandonata (Act IV)
Placido Domingo tenor (9) New Philharmonia Orchestra Bruno Bartoletti

Recorded: VII. & XII.1971, Brent Town Hall & No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London Producer: Ronald Kinloch Anderson • Balance engineer: Christopher Parker (P) 1972/1994*

La bohème
11 Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì (Act I)
12 Donde lieta uscì (Act III)
London Symphony Orchestra Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: III & IV. 1970, Kingsway Hall, London Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/2002*

CD4
Tosca
1 Vissi d'arte (Act II)

Madama Butterfly
2 Un bel dì vedremo (Act II)
3 Tu, tu, piccolo iddio (Act II)

Turandot
4 Signore, ascolta (Act I)
5 Tu che di gel sei cinta (Act III)
London Symphony Orchestra Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: III & IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/2002*

6 In questa reggia (Act II)
José Carreras tenor Chœurs de l'Opéra du Rhin chorus master Günter Wagner Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg Alain Lombard

Recorded: VIII.1977, Palais de la Musique, Strasbourg

Producer: David Mottley • Balance engineer: Michael Gray (P) 1978/1994*

Gianni Schicchi
7 O mio babbino caro

La rondine
8 Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (Act I)
London Symphony Orchestra Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: III & IV. 1970, Kingsway Hall, London Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/2002*

Pietro Mascagni 1863-1945
Cavalleria rusticana
9 Regina Coeli... Ineggiamo, il Signor non è morto
10 Voi lo sapete, o mamma
11 Tu qui, Santuzza?...No, no, Turiddu
José Carreras tenor (11) • Astrid Varnay soprano (10) Julia Hamari mezzo-soprano (11) Ambrosian Opera Chorus chorus master John McCarthy Philharmonia Orchestra Riccardo Muti

Recorded: VIII.1979, Watford Town Hall, Hertfordshire, England Producer: John Mordler • Balance engineer: Peter Bown (P) 1980/1987*

Umberto Giordano 1867-1948
Andrea Chénier
12 Vicino a te (Act IV)
Bernabé Martí tenor London Symphony Orchestra Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded: 30.III-10.IV.1970, Kingsway Hall, London Producer: Christopher Bishop • Balance engineer: Neville Boyling (P) 1970/1995*

Joaquín Turina 1882-1949
Canto a Sevilla Op.37 (1925)
13 Las Fuentecitas del Parque (San Roman)

Xavier Montsalvatge 1912-2002
Cinco canciones negras (1946)
14 Cuba dentro de un piano (Alberti)
15 Chévre (Guillén)
16 Punto de habanera (Lujan)
17 Canción de cuna para dormir a un negrito (Valdes)
18 Canto negra (Guillén)
Alexis Weissenberg piano

Recorded: V-VII.1979, Salle Wagram, Paris Producer: Michel Glotz • Balance engineer: Paul Vavasseur (P) 1979/2001* EMI Music France