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Leontyne Price - Prima Donna Assoluta, Her Ultimate Opera Recordings Remastered; Works by Puccini, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, & more / Leontyne Price, soprano; Schippers; Mehta; von Karajan, and more [22 CDs]

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
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Notes & Reviews:

Celebrating one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th century, the American prima donna assoluta Leontyne Price. A collection of 10 of her best opera recordings in a limited remastered edition. 22-CD specially priced box set. Newly remastered from the original analogue tapes using 24 bit / 96 kHz technology. New essay by renown German critic Jürgen Kesting.

Leontyne Price has repeatedly been called the supreme Verdi soprano of her time, even of the entire 20th century. As she approaches her 90th birthday in early 2017, Sony Classical takes pride in saluting Price with a new reissue, Prima Donna Assoluta - Her Ultimate Opera Recordings featuring ten complete opera recordings from this great American artist's matchless discography. Included in this newly remastered collection is perhaps Price's most brilliant recorded performance, her 1963 Carmen with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by one of her greatest admirers and frequent collaborators, Herbert von Karajan. As for her "supreme" Verdi, Prima Donna Assoluta includes five operas that range from the early Emani to a masterpiece of the composer's full maturity, Aida. The box set also features three Puccini operas, including Price's celebrated 1972 recording of Tosca with conductor Zubin Mehta, and her 1967 recording of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte with conductor Erich Leinsdorf.


Works:

Così fan tutte, K 588 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Judith Raskin (Soprano),
Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano), Ezio Flagello (Bass), George Shirley (Tenor)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria

Carmen by Georges Bizet
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Franco Corelli (Tenor), Robert Merrill (Baritone),
Mirella Freni (Soprano), Monique Linval (Soprano), Geneviève Macaux (Mezzo Soprano),
Jean-Christophe Benoit (Baritone), Maurice Besançon (Tenor), Frank Schooten (Bass),
Bernard Demigny (Baritone)
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1873-1874; France
Date of Recording: 1963

Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Hartje Mueller (Voice), Julia Hamari (Alto), Mario Sereni (Baritone),
Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Ezio Flagello (Bass),
Fernando Iacopucci (Tenor)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844; Italy
Date of Recording: 7/1967

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853; Italy

Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano), Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra, RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1859; Italy

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Hans Sotin (Bass), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Bruce Brewer (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871; Italy
Date of Recording: 1970
Venue: Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England
Length: 142 Minutes 17 Secs.
Language: Italian

La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Shirley Verrett (Mezzo Soprano),
Robert Merrill (Baritone), Giorgio Tozzi (Bass), Ezio Flagello (Bass)
Conductor: Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra, RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869; Italy

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Clifford Grant (Bass), Francis Egerton (Tenor), Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Paul Plishka (Bass), Leontyne Price (Soprano),
John Gibbs (Bass), Michael Rippon (Bass), David Pearl (Boy Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Orchestra/Ensemble: John Alldis Choir, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Wandsworth School Boys' Choir
Period: Romantic
Written: 1900; Italy
Date of Recording: 08/1972
Venue: Walthamstow Town, Hall, London, England
Length: 112 Minutes 11 Secs.
Language: Italian

Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Robert Kerns (Baritone), Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano), Arturo La Porta (Baritone),
Mario Rinaudo (Bass), Fernanda Cadoni (Mezzo Soprano), Rosalind Elias (Mezzo Soprano),
Philip Maero (Baritone), Richard Tucker (Tenor), Leo Pudis (Bass),
Silvia Bertona (Soprano), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Gianna Lollini (Soprano),
Piero de Palma (Tenor), Virgilio Carbonari (Bass)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: RCA Italian Opera Orchestra, RCA Italian Opera Chorus
Period: Romantic
Written: 1904; Italy
Venue: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome, Italy
Length: 129 Minutes 29 Secs.
Language: Italian

Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini
Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano), Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1918; Italy



Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (07/20/1964-08/05/1964); Sofiensaal, Vienna (07/20/1964-08/05/1964); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (07/20/1964-08/05/1964); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1962-07-10_1962-07-14&1962-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1962-07-10_1962-07-14&1962-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1962-07-10_1962-07-14&1962-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1963-11-18_1963-11-22&1963-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1963-11-18_1963-11-22&1963-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1963-11-18_1963-11-22&1963-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1966-06-08&1966-06-11&1966-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1966-06-08&1966-06-11&1966-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1966-06-08&1966-06-11&1966-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1967-07-03&1967-07-04&1967-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1967-07-03&1967-07-04&1967-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1967-07-03&1967-07-04&1967-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1967-08-24&1967-08-25&1967-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1967-08-24&1967-08-25&1967-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1967-08-24&1967-08-25&1967-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1969-08-19_1969-08-27&1969-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1969-08-19_1969-08-27&1969-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1969-08-19_1969-08-27&1969-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1970-07-09_1970-07-15&1970-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1970-07-09_1970-07-15&1970-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1970-07-09_1970-07-15&1970-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1971-06-28_1971-06-30&1971-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1971-06-28_1971-06-30&1971-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1971-06-28_1971-06-30&1971-); RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1972-07-31&1972-08-01_1972-); Sofiensaal, Vienna (1972-07-31&1972-08-01_1972-); Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1972-07-31&1972-08-01_1972-).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588
  • Performer: Valda Aveling (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1967-08-24&1967-08-25&1967-)
  • Running Time: 100 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Notes: Sofiensaal, Vienna (1963-11-18_1963-11-22&1963-)
  • Running Time: 105 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Notes: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1967-07-03&1967-07-04&1967-)
  • Running Time: 109 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
  • Performer: Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1969-08-19_1969-08-27&1969-)
  • Running Time: 126 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1966-06-08&1966-06-11&1966-)
  • Running Time: 76 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Notes: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (07/20/1964-08/05/1964)
  • Running Time: 155 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1970-07-09_1970-07-15&1970-)
  • Running Time: 75 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Clifford Grant (Bass); Andreas Meyer (Tapes)
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1972-07-31&1972-08-01_1972-)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
  • Performer: Dirk Sobotka (Tapes)
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: RCA Italiana Studios, Rome (1962-07-10_1962-07-14&1962-)
  • Running Time: 85 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
  • Performers: Piero de Palma (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Voice); Robert Hage (Voice); Andreas Meyer (Tapes); Sherrill Milnes (Voice); Leontyne Price (Soprano); Rebekah Wineman (Tapes)
  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Notes: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London (1971-06-28_1971-06-30&1971-)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1916-1918