Flower Duet: The World's Most Beautiful Duets

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BELLINI / BERLIOZ / DELIBES / HANDEL / OFFENBACH / PUCCINI
Flower Duet: The World's Most Beautiful Duets
Brigitte Fassbaender, Marilyn Horne, Dame Joan Sutherland, Renata Tebaldi

[ Decca Australian Eloquence / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 1 October 2009

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Since the beginning of opera, the convention of the duet, in which two characters simultaneously express their feelings, has been one of the staple ploys of musical dramatists. Collected here are all the most beautiful opera duets ever written.

Since the beginning of opera, the convention of the duet, in which two characters simultaneously express their feelings, has been one of the staple ploys of musical dramatists. Characters may join their voices in a unity of feeling, or in extreme disagreement, or in any one of the thousand shades in between; though in the examples we have here, all involving the combination of soprano and mezzo-soprano voices, the feelings expressed are held in common between the two singers.

Tracks:

DELIBES: Flower duet: Dôme épais le jasmin (Lakmé)
OFFENBACH: Barcarolle: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour (Les Contes d'Hoffmann)
HUMPERDINCK: Evening Prayer: Abends will ich schlafen gehn (Hänsel und Gretel)
ROSSINI: Alle più calde immagini (Semiramide)
BERLIOZ: Vous soupirez, Madame? … Nuit paisible et sereine (Béatrice et Bénédict)
HANDEL: Io t'abbraccio (Rodelinda)
ROSSINI: Qui tollis peccata mundi (Messe solennelle)
VERDI: Recordare (Messa da Requiem)
RICHARD STRAUSS: Presentation of the silver rose: Mir ist die Ehre (Der Rosenkavalier)
PUCCINI: Flower Duet: Una nave da Guerra … Scuoti quella fronda di ciliego
BERLIOZ: Sa voix fait naître dans mon sein (Les Troyens)
BELLINI: Mira, o Norma … Sì fino all'ore estreme (Norma)