ABC Classics have recently released a comprehensive collection of the most popular arias, classically recorded by the best loved tenors of years gone by as well as the stars of today.
This 2 CD songbook includes tracks by Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, David Hobson and a whole host of talented tenors. These CDs celebrate the passion of the arias and the sheer depth of their performance.
Included in the track list are arias from Faust, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme and The Tales of Hoffman.
Fans of opera are sure to find something to fall in love with on this double CD songbook.
To be totally honest classical is not really my genre, opera doesn’t really do it for me but these CDs haven’t driven me to switch them off, they have made me appreciate the discipline and the control required to sing in this style. It really is amazing to think that people can train their voices to behave that way. This is a beautiful CD and would definitely becoming cherished listening for fans of the genre.
There are even tracks that are familiar to me, I have no idea where I may have heard it before but La donna e mobile from Rigoletto just started and immediately the familiarity struck me.
1 LUCIANO PAVAROTTI Nessun dorma! from Turandot
2 GIACOMO ARAGALL De’ miei bollenti spiriti from La traviata
3 FRANCO CORELLI E lucevan le stelle from Tosca
4 NEIL SHICOFF Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin
5 CARLO BERGONZI Vesti la giubba from Pagliacci
6 THOMAS EDMONDS La fleur que tu m’avais jetée from Carmen
7 ANTHONY ROLFE JOHNSON Waft Her, Angels, through the Skies from Jephtha
8 JOSÉ CARRERAS Pourquoi me réveiller? from Werther
9 JOSEPH CALLEJA Spirto gentil from La favorita
10 JUSSI BJÖRLING Ch’ella mi creda from The Girl of the Golden West
11 JOSÉ CURA Donna non vidi mai from Manon Lescaut
12 JUAN DIEGO FLÓREZ Una furtiva lagrima from The Elixir of Love
13 BENIAMINO GIGLI Salve dimora from Faust
14 ROSARIO LA SPINA Addio, fiorito asil from Madama Butterfly
15 KENNETH COLLINS Di’ tu, se fedele from A Masked Ball
16 MARCELO ÁLVAREZ Di quella pira from Il trovatore
1 PLÁCIDO DOMINGO The Legend of Kleinzach from The Tales of Hoffmann
2 BRUNO PREVEDI Amor ti vieta from Fedora
3 BEN HEPPNER Siegmund heiß ich from The Valkyrie
4 MARIO DEL MONACO Fra poco a me ricovero from Lucia di Lammermoor
5 JAMES McCRACKEN O tu che in seno agli angeli from The Force of Destiny
6 GIUSEPPE DI STEFANO Niun mi tema from Otello
7 MARK TUCKER Tu se’ morta from L’Orfeo
8 JON VICKERS Celeste Aida from Aida
9 ROLANDO VILLAZÓN L’alba separa dalla luce l’ombra
10 PAUL AGNEW Lieux funestes from Dardanus
11 DAVID HOBSON Che gelida manina! from La bohème
12 ALFREDO KRAUS Di rigori armato il seno from Der Rosenkavalier
13 PETER ANDERS Ach, so fromm! from Martha
14 MARIO LANZA La donna è mobile from Rigoletto
15 ROY BEST Mamma, quel vino è generoso from Cavalleria rusticana
16 FRITZ WUNDERLICH Granada