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The Opera Recital Album Collection / Richard Tucker, tenor [10 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

Regarded as one of the great voices of the Metropolitan Opera, Richard Tucker made his debut there as Alfredo Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, in January, 1945, and became a specialist in the Italian and French lyric roles. He appeared with the Metropolitan Opera in 734 performances. The only other tenors to have had longer professional careers were Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Concurrently with his operatic career, Tucker, an Orthodox Jew, was regarded as one of the finest cantors ever, and his recordings of the cantorial repertoire are regarded as among the finest of their kind. The most successful American tenor ever to sing with the Met, and one of the greatest American tenors ever, Richard Tucker is honored with a portrait at the Met's Founder's Hall. Sony Classical celebrates 100 years of this legendary American tenor with the release of two limited-edition original album releases. The ten-CD set, The Opera Recital Album Collection, features Tucker's most memorable opera performances, including seven albums available for the first time on CD. The fourteen-CD set, The Song and Cantorial Album Collection, features tenor favorites, popular music of the day and Tucker's cantorial repertoire, with seven albums available for the first time on CD. Both sets include CDs packaged in mini-sleeves, with their original album artwork and booklets, with new liner notes by the esteemed writer, Jü gen Kesting, who is best known for his three-volume study entitled Die großen Sänger (Great Singers).


Works:

L’Elisir d’Amore: Una furtiva lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1832; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/17/1953
Language: Italian

La traviata: De’ miei bollenti spiriti by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/17/1953
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs.
Language: Italian

Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m’ è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/17/1953
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs.
Language: Italian

Faust: Salut, ô mon dernier matin! by Charles Gounod

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; France
Date of Recording: 06/17/1953
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs.
Language: French

Carmen: La fleur que tu m’avais jetée “Flower song” by Georges Bizet

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874; France
Date of Recording: 12/17/1952
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs.
Language: French

Andrea Chénier: Come un bel dì di maggio by Umberto Giordano

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/17/1953
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs.
Language: Italian

Manon: Toi! Vous!...N’est ce plus ma main by Jules Massenet

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884; France
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: French

Manon Lescaut: L’ora, o Tirsi by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs.
Language: Italian

Manon Lescaut: Tu, tu, amore, tu? by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Length: 7 Minutes 2 Secs.
Language: Italian

Manon Lescaut: Sola, perduta, abbandonata by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/18/1951
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs.
Language: Italian

Manon Lescaut: Fra le tue braccia, amore by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: Non sono in vena! by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/17/1952
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: Si, mi chiamano Mimì by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: O soave fanciulla by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: Quando m’en vo’ soletta “Musetta’s Waltz” by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs.
Language: Italian

La Bohème: Donde lieta uscì by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Dorothy Kirsten (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs.
Language: Italian

Turandot: Non piangere, Liù by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926; Italy

Turandot: Nessun dorma! by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1926; Italy

Tosca: Recondita armonia by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900; Italy

Tosca: E lucevan le stelle by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900; Italy

Manon Lescaut: Guardate, pazzo son by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy

Manon Lescaut: Ah! Manon mi tradisce by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy

Madama Butterfly: Addio, fiorito asil by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904; Italy

La Fanciulla del West: Ch’ella mi creda libero e lontano by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1910; Italy

La Bohème: Che gelida manina by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy

Gianni Schicchi: Firenze è come un albero fiorito by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918; Italy

Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs.

Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m’ è forza perderti by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 6 Minutes 14 Secs.

I lombardi: La mia letizia infondere by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs.

I due Foscari: Non maledirmi, o prode by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs.

Simon Boccanegra: Cielo di stelle orbato by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Eileen Farrell (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 03/21/1961
Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs.

Simon Boccanegra: Sento avvampar nell’ anima by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1857; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs.

Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs.

Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs.

Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Written: 1851
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs.

I vespri siciliani: Giorno di pianto, di fier dolor by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs.

La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Nello Santi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Date of Recording: 07/1964
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs.

Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Franz Allers
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Date of Recording: 01/11/1966
Venue: London, England
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs.

Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; Italy
Date of Recording: 02/21/1961
Venue: Manhattan Center, New York City
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs.

Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849; Italy
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs.

Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs.

Il trovatore: Di quella pira by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs.

Un ballo in maschera: Di’ tu se fedele by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs.

Requiem Mass: Ingemisco by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1874; Italy
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs.

Manon: Ah! fuyez, douce image by Jules Massenet

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1883-1884; France
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs.

Andrea Chénier: Un dì all’ azzuro spazio “Improvviso” by Umberto Giordano

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1896; Italy
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs.

Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai by Giacomo Puccini

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893; Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs.

Iris: Apri la tua finestra! by Pietro Mascagni

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: Italy
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs.

La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Wilfrid Pelletier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1835; Paris, France
Date of Recording: 12/1947

Martha: Ach, so fromm by Friedrich von Flotow

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1847; Germany
Date of Recording: 12/29/1947

Rigoletto: Questa o quella by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/29/1947

Rigoletto: Parmi veder le lagrime...Possente amor mi chiama by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1851
Date of Recording: 06/13/1949

Rigoletto: La donna è mobile by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Italy
Date of Recording: 12/29/1947

Un ballo in maschera: T’eco io sto...Non sai tu by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Daniza Ilitsch (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy
Date of Recording: 11/16/1947

La forza del destino: O, tu che in seno agli angeli by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/13/1949

Aida: Celeste Aida by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/09/1949

Otello: Già nella notte densa by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Daniza Ilitsch (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Max Rudolf
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887; Italy
Date of Recording: 11/05/1947

L’Africaine: O paradis sorti de l’onde by Giacomo Meyerbeer

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1865; Germany
Date of Recording: 06/18/1947

La Gioconda: Cielo e mar by Amilcare Ponchielli

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Written: 1876
Date of Recording: 06/18/1947

Les pêcheurs de perles: Je crois entendre encore by Georges Bizet

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Emil Cooper
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1863; France
Date of Recording: 12/29/1947

Cavalleria Rusticana: Mamma, quel vino è generoso “Addio” by Pietro Mascagni

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1890; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/09/1949

I Pagliacci: Recitar!...Vesti la giubba by Ruggero Leoncavallo

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor: Fausto Cleva
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1892; Italy
Date of Recording: 06/09/1949

Don Carlos: Io vengo a domandar grazia alla mia Regina by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Period: Romantic

Aida: Pur ti riveggo by Giuseppe Verdi

Performer: Richard Tucker (Tenor), Eileen Farrell (Soprano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy

L’Arlesiana: E la solita storia...Anch’io vorrei “Lamento” by Francesco Cilèa

Period: Romantic
Written: 1897/1937; Italy



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