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Moments of Passion

Album Summary

>Domingo Jr., Placido : Willkommen Bei Uns (Welcome), for voice & orchestra
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Lara, Agustín : Granada
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Denver, John : Perhaps love
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Lecuona, Ernesto : Andalucia, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Holdridge, Lee : A Love Until the End of Time
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

In four consecutive World Cup tournaments from 1990 to 2002, the Three Tenors sang to packed stadiums of fans and helped revive interest in live opera, particularly in America. By 2006, though, with José Carreras assuming a lower profile and Luciano Pavarotti battling cancer, the still-sturdy, hard-working Plácido Domingo was the only tenor of the three available for the World Cup in Berlin. That was the raison d'être for this compilation of operatic hits and popular songs from the tenor's huge discography, the only new selection of which is a song written for the World Cup finals by his son, Plácido Domingo, Jr. It's called "Willkommen bei Uns" (Welcome) -- and cynics might say that this hymn-like multilingual "popera"-style tune with over-the-top orchestral/choral backing is more of a tribute to the power of nepotism than universal brotherhood. Nevertheless, Plácido Sr. gives it all he's got -- and at 65, his voice still has plenty of power left. There are two versions, the longer take of which is less overblown, better paced, and more intelligible. With nothing else in the cupboard, Sony BMG takes listeners through a cross section of recordings that literally span Domingo's long career, many of which were excerpted from complete opera sets. The selections are usually predictable -- the two hit arias from Tosca; the two big ones from Rigoletto; Celeste Aida; Libiamo; Vesti la Giubba; the inevitable Nessun Dorma!; two popular Domingo specialties, "Granada" and "Andalucia"; and his curiously mismatched hit with John Denver, "Perhaps Love." Yet there is the occasional surprise choice like Domingo's magnificently sustained take on Svegliatevi Nel Core from Handel's Julius Caesar. As useful as this compact overview of Domingo's consistency over the decades is, it shouldn't have been offered at full price. ~ Richard S. Ginell



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>Domingo Jr., Placido : Willkommen Bei Uns (Welcome), for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Leonid Grin
  • Ensemble: Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is sung in English, German and Spanish.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun Dorma!
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Luis Cobos
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Agustín Lara (1897 - 1970) : Granada
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Julio Hernández (Electric Double Bass); Orlando Hernández (Drum Set); Jeff Kaye (Trumpet); Gary Mayone (Percussion); Mark Shubert (Percussion); Bebu Silvetti (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Bebu Silvetti
  • Ensemble: VVC Symphonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: La Donna è mobile
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Denver, John : Perhaps love
  • Performers: John Denver (Guitar); Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Lee Holdridge
  • Ensemble: Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Se quel guerrier io fossi!
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Svegliatevi nel core
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Questa o quella
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Paul Plishka
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: This selection beigns with the recitative "Dammi i colori..."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: M'apparì
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lecuona, Ernesto : Andalucía, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Lee Holdridge
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: Spain.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Language: Spanish
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Il mio tesoro
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Edward Downes
  • Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: Firenze è come un albero fiorito
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Recitar! Mentre preso... Vesti la giubba
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Nello Santi
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: O soave fanciulla
  • Performers: Montserrat Caballé; Placido Domingo; Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: Georg Solti
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Holdridge, Lee : A Love Until the End of Time
  • Performers: Placido Domingo; Maureen McGovern (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo ne' lietia
  • Performers: Aïnhoa Arteta (Soprano); Placido Domingo; Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano); Nina Stemme; Kwangchul Youn (Bass)
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Ensemble: Bastille Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Domingo Jr., Placido : Willkommen Bei Uns (Welcome), for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Leonid Grin
  • Ensemble: Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: This is a longer version of the song than that found on track 1.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio