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The Golden Years

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La battaglia di Legnano
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Lehár, Franz : Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You Are My Heart's Delight) (from "Das Land des Lächelns")
>Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo : Il Tedesco
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Giordani, Giuseppe : Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : La serenata
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Malinconia, song cycle
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Ideale, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 47
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Non t'amo più, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 62
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Addio
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
>Lara, Agustín : Work(s)
>d'Hardelot, Guy : Parce que (Because), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
>Brodszky, Nicholas : Because you're mine
>Webber, Andrew L : Memory, song (from "Cats")
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1976-1992.

The career of José Carreras will surely go down in opera history as one of the greats. This Philips retrospective, covering the years 1976-1992, includes some of the brightest performances he has recorded.

The Spanish singer is best known for his work as a lyric tenor, but as his voice continued to develop, Carreras successfully made the shift to more substantial roles. Rather than presenting this development chronologically, the producers have organized Carreras' work by composer. The first CD is dedicated to his work with the great operas while the second primarily features his lyric performances.

It is in his work with the English Chamber Orchestra that Carreras shines brightest. Virtually all of the second CD has been taken from their work together between 1978 and 1984.



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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Che gelida manina
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Recondita armonia
  • Performers: José Carreras (Tenor); Domenico Trimarchi (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Donna non vidi mai
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Scimone
  • Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Forse la soglia attinse
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Benzi
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection begins with "Forse la soglia attinse..."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Parmi veder le lagrime
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Come rugiada al cespite
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Di quella pira
  • Performers: José Carreras (Tenor); Robin Leggate (Tenor); Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La battaglia di Legnano :: La pia materna mano
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Je ne sais si je veille
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lehár, Franz : Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (You Are My Heart's Delight) (from "Das Land des Lächelns")
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Benzi
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gastoldi, Giovanni Giacomo : Il Tedesco :: Plaisir d'amour
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Ombra mai fu
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a DDD recording.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Giordani, Giuseppe : Caro mio ben, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Vjekoslav Sutej
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: This song was more likely composed by Giuseppe Giordani.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 17th Century
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra :: Kyrie
  • Performers: Raul Barboza (Accordion); José Carreras (Tenor); Domingo Cura (Percussion); Jorge Padin (Percussion); Ariel Ramirez (Harpsichord); Ariel Ramirez (Piano); Arsenio Zambrano (Charango)
  • Conductor: José Ocejo
  • Ensemble: Grupo Huancara
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : 'A vucchella
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1907

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : La serenata
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : A Marechiare
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Malinconia, song cycle :: Malia
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Canzoni-stornelli (3)
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Ideale, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 47
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Non t'amo più, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 62
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : Addio
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1870-1915

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Mattinata
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Enrique Garcia-Asensio
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1904

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Cardillo, Salvatore : Core' ngrato
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1911

>Denza, Luigi : Funiculì Funiculà, for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib)
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Müller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Lara, Agustín : Granada
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Benzi
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932

>Rossini, Gioachino : La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Enrique Garcia-Asensio
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Lara, Agustín : Work(s) :: You belong to my Heart
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Enrique Garcia-Asensio
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>d'Hardelot, Guy : Parce que (Because), for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Enrique Garcia-Asensio
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1902

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Ensemble: Robert Farnon Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Brodszky, Nicholas : Be my love
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Roberto Benzi
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949

>Brodszky, Nicholas : Because you're mine
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Ensemble: Robert Farnon Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Webber, Andrew L : Memory, song (from "Cats")
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Robert Farnon
  • Ensemble: Robert Farnon Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1981