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The Very Best of Nicolai Gedda

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Gounod, Charles : Romeo et Juliette
>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23
>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Adam, Adolphe : Le Postillon de Lonjumeau
>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir d'amore
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Die Konigin von Saba
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin
>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ya pomnyu chudnoye mgnoven'ye (I remember the wonderful moment)
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : In this moonlight, song for voice & piano, Op. 73/3
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : It Was in The Early Spring, Op. 38, no 2
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Don Juan's Serenade, Op. 38, no 1
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : How Fair This Spot
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Adelaide, song Op. 46
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
>Lehár, Franz : Paganini
>Lehár, Franz : Das Land des Lachelns
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Notes & Reviews:

Nicolai Gedda, the most recorded tenor in history, was exceptionally versatile artist who has excelled in a wide variety of operatic roles as well as in the art song. With a magnificent lyric tenor voice and extraordinary range, Gedda makes the notorious top D at the end of 'Mes amis, ecoutez l'histoire' sound positively effortless. This collection offers a wealth of repertoire that has helped to cement Gedda's reputation as one of the greatest tenor of his generation.

The Very Best Of is a series celebrating the exceptional recording history of some of EMI Classics leading artists from the past and present. The next installment of five titles features classical superstars like Benjamin Britten, Jascha Heifetz, Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, and Elisabeth Schwazkopf. Experience The Very Best Of these iconic EMI Classics artists.



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>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Act 3. Pourquoi me réveiller
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Act 2. Instant charmant... En fermant les yeux
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Gounod, Charles : Roméo et Juliette :: Act 2. L'amour, l'amour!... Ah! lève-toi, soleil
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1865-1871

>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23 :: Act 1. Une heure encore... La gloire était ma seule idole
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Composition written: 05/1834-09/1838.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 05/1834-09/1838

>Offenbach, Jacques : Les Contes d'Hoffmann :: Act 1. Va, pour Kleinzach!
  • Performers: André Mallabrera (Tenor); Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. Zurga, quand tous deux... Au fond du temple saint
  • Performers: Ernest Blanc (Baritone); Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 6 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. A cette voix... Je crois entendre encore
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Pierre Dervaux
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 2. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Adam, Adolphe : Le Postillon de Lonjumeau :: Act 1. Mes amis, écoutez l'histoire
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1836

>Thomas, Ambroise : Mignon :: Act 3. Elle ne croyait pas dans sa candeur naïve
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1866

>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell :: Act 4. Asile héréditaire
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1829

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir d'amore :: Act 1. Quanto è bella
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' Elisir d'amore :: Act 2. Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucia di Lammermoor :: Act 3. Fra poco a me ricovero
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1835

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Act 1. Prendi
  • Performers: Mirella Freni; Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera :: Act 1. Di' tu se fedele
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. La donna èmobile
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Act 2. Il mio tesoro
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Act 1. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: André Cluytens
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha :: Act 3. Ach, so fromm
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. In fernem Land
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Heinrich Bender
  • Running Time: 5 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Goldmark, Karl [Composer] : Die Königin von Saba :: Act 2. Magische Töne
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Heinrich Bender
  • Notes: Composition written: 1869-71.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1871

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Eugene Onegin :: Act 2. Kuda, kuda, kuda vi udalilis (Lensky's Aria)
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Running Time: 6 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1877-1878

>Mussorgsky, Modest : Boris Godunov :: Act 3. Dimitri! Tsaryévich! Dimitri!
  • Performers: Eugenia Zareska (Mezzo Soprano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Issay Dobroven
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-74.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1874

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ya pomnyu chudnoye mgnoven'ye (I remember the wonderful moment)
  • Performers: Jan Eyron (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : In this moonlight, song for voice & piano, Op. 73/3
  • Performers: Jan Eyron (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : It Was in The Early Spring, Op. 38, no 2
  • Performers: Jan Eyron (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Don Juan's Serenade, Op. 38, no 1
  • Performers: Jan Eyron (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Ne poy, krasavitsa, pri mne (Do not sing to me, fair maiden), Op. 4/4
  • Performers: Nicolai Gedda; Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1890-93.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1893

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : How Fair This Spot
  • Performers: Gerald Moore (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Adelaide, song Op. 46
  • Performers: Jan Eyron (Piano); Nicolai Gedda
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1794-1795

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Nicolai Gedda; Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
  • Performers: Nicolai Gedda; Gerald Moore (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron :: Act 1. Als flotter Geist... Ja, das alles auf Ehr'
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Franz Allers
  • Notes: Composition written: 10/24/1885.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 10/24/1885

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Paganini :: Act 2. Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküát
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Willi Boskovsky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1924-25.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : Das Land des Lächelns :: Act 2. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz!
  • Performer: Nicolai Gedda
  • Conductor: Willy Mattes
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta