1. Rigoletto: Act IV, "Bella figlia dell'amore" Amelita Galli-Curci, Louise Homer, Beniamino Gigli, Giuseppe de Luca 4:09
2. Martha: "Mag der Himmel Euch vergeben" Hedwig Debicka, Emmy Leisner, Helge Rosvaenge, Rudolf Watzke 3:14
3. La bohème: Act III, "Dunque è proprio finita" Pia Tassinari, Maria Huder, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Enzo Mascherini 5:51
4. Il trovatore: Act II, "Ah! se I'error t'ingombra" Aureliano Pertile, Maria Carena, Apollo Granforte, Bruno Carmassi 8:11
5. Un ballo in maschera: Act I, "Amici miei, soldati" Frida Hempel, Enrico Casuro, Léon Rothier, Andrès de Segurola 3:51
6. La forza del destino: Act IV, "Non imprecare, umiliati" Bianca Scacciati , Francesco Merli, Tancredi Pasero 4:17
7. Aida: Act III, "Ciel, mio padre" Elisabeth Rethberg, Giacomo Lauri-Volpi, Giuseppe de Luca 21:07
8. La traviata: Act II, "Ogni suo aver tal femmina" Jussi Björling, Hjördis Schymberg, Conny Molin 7:30
9. Lucia di Lammermoor: Act III, "Chi me frena in tal momento" Amelita Galli-Curci, Louise Homer, Beniamino Gigli, Angelo Bada, Giuseppe de Luca, Ezio Pinza 4:13
Orchestra: Herbert von Karajan, Karl-Heinz Loges, Leone Magiera, Sir Edward Downes, Berliner Philharmoniker, et al.
Conductor: Gioachino Rossini, Ernesto Tagliaferri, Paolo Tosti, Giuseppe Verdi, Carlo Maria Giulini, et al.
Composer: The Three Tenors, Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, Cesare Andrea Bixio, et al.
Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Original recording remastered
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
This is a nicely entertaining Barber, with just the right sense of fun running through it to avoid slapstick and still bring a sophisticated smile to one's lips. Teresa Berganza is so right, so unexaggerated, so pyrotechnically capable yet filled with good taste, that it's impossible to find fault with her Rosina. Luigi Alva's Count is classy and honey-toned up to the top of the staff, where the voice simply stops blooming; he's also not as good as one might wish with Rossini's difficult fast music. Hermann Prey's Figaro is similarly impaired--the coloratura is just not pristine--but his style, attitude, and intelligence are pure gold; he's vastly entertaining. The other low-voiced men are ideal Rossinians. Abbado holds the whole thing together--this is a very satisfying performance. Robert Levine
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Media Type: CD
Title: O HOLY NIGHT
Street Release Date: 10/11/2005
Genre: CLASSICAL ARTISTS
This CD is a compilation of (mainly) devotional music sung by Pavarotti when he was in or near his prime, most going back, gloriously, to 1976. Precisely what Orfeo's lament (from the Gluck opera) is doing in a recital called "O Holy Night" is beyond me, but the rest of the selections are well chosen. The title song is gorgeously enough performed to be worth the album's asking price, the tenor's voice ringing out with great clarity and beauty, and the selection from Rossini's Stabat Mater is even more thrilling, with its ascent to high D flat near its close. Verdi's "Ingemisco," from his Requiem, is handsomely and sensitively delivered, and the others elections, with or without choir, are simply stunning. A CD for Christmas and the rest of the year as well. --Robert Levine