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The Essential Collection - Great Tenors / McCormack, et al

Audio Samples

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>     Act 2. Cielo E Mar!
>Fucito, Salvatore : Sultanto a Te for voice & orchestra
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Act 2. Il Mio Tesoro
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>     Act 2. Where'Er You Walk
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>     Act 2. Quando Le Sere Al Placido
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>     Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
>Horneman, Johan Emil : Kongernes Konge, for voice & orchestra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Act 1. Se Quel Guerrier lo Fossi
>Drigo, Riccardo : Harlequin's Millions
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>     Act 3. Nessun Dorma
>     Act 1. Non Piangere Líú
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : My Dreams, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 143
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Act 2. Ha Wie In Meiner Seele
>Stolz, Robert : Im weissen Rössl
>     Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizer "Goodbye"
>Giordano, Umberto : La cena delle beffe
>     Ah! Che Tormento
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Act 3. Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein "Walthe
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     O Lola, Rosengleich Blühn Deine Wangen (Siciliana
>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater
>     Cujus Animam
>Millocker, Carl : The Beggar Student, operetta
>     Act 3. Nu Är Jag Pank Och Fågelfri "Ich Hab' Kein Geld"
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>     Act 2. Una Furtiva Lagrima
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Act 2. Ella Mi Fu Rapita!...Parmi Veder Le Lagrime
>     Act 3. La Donna E Mobile
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>     Act 1. Recitar!...Vesti La Giubba
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Act 1. Mi Par D'Udir Ancora "Je Crois Entendre Encore"
>     Act 1. Del Tempio Al Limitar "Au Fond Du Temple Saint"
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>     Act 3. Ach So Fromm "M'Appari"
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>     Act 2. Suzel, Buon Di...Tutto Tace "Cherry Duet"
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Lehár, Franz : The Land of Smiles
>     Act
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>     Act 2. O Dolce Incanto "En Fermant Les Yeux"
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>     Act 1. Che Gelida Manina
>     Act 1. O Soave Fanciulla
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>     Act 3. La Vita E Inferno...O Tu, Che In Seno Agli Angeli
>Padilla, José : Valencia
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Act 1. Recondita Armonia
>     Act 3. E Lucevan Le Stelle
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Act 3. Salut! Demeure Chaste Et Pure
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>     Act 2. Amor Ti Vieta
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>     Act 1. Dai Campi, Dai Prati
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>     Act 2. Oh! Mostruosa Colpa!...Si, Pel Ciel

Album Summary

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda
>Fucito, Salvatore : Sultanto a Te for voice & orchestra
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Handel, George Frideric : Semele
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried
>Horneman, Johan Emil : Kongernes Konge, for voice & orchestra
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Drigo, Riccardo : Harlequin's Millions
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : My Dreams, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 143
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Stolz, Robert : Im weissen Rössl
>Giordano, Umberto : La cena delle beffe
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater
>Millocker, Carl : The Beggar Student, operetta
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera
>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz
>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
>Lehár, Franz : The Land of Smiles
>Massenet, Jules : Manon
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Padilla, José : Valencia
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
Performers Conductors Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

The Essential Collection takes its first foray into classical music in this set, which features some of the greatest tenor voices of the first half of the twentieth century. Boasting of the legendary Enrico Caruso, his "Prodigy" Beniamino Gigli known as the "Peoples Tenor," Jussi Bjorling, Richard Tauber, Antonio Cortis and Joseph Schmidt, known as the "pocket Caruso" due to his diminutive stature. Some tracks, particularly Caruso 's whose last records actually date from the early twenties, were electronically overdubbed in the thirties. Though this practice was frowned upon by purists, it provides us with an idea of what he would have sounded like with modern day recording equipment. So sit back, listen and enjoy the music of the golden age of the great tenors.



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Works Details

>Ponchielli, Amilcare : La Gioconda :: Act 2. Cielo E Mar!
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1876

>Fucito, Salvatore : Sultanto a Te for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Conductor: Josef Pasternack
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1915

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Act 2. Il Mio Tesoro
  • Performer: John McCormack
  • Conductor: Walter Rogers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Handel, George Frideric : Semele :: Act 2. Where'Er You Walk
  • Performer: John McCormack
  • Conductor: Walter Goehr
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Act 2. Quando Le Sere Al Placido
  • Performer: Tito Schipa
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Martini, Jean-Paul-Gilles : Plaisir d'amour, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Tito Schipa
  • Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1775

>Wagner, Richard : Siegfried :: Act 1. Nothung! Nothung! Neidliches Schwert!
  • Performer: Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1871

>Horneman, Johan Emil : Kongernes Konge, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Lauritz Melchior
  • Conductor: Johan Hye-Knudsen
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1848

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 1. Se Quel Guerrier lo Fossi
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Walter Goehr
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Drigo, Riccardo : Harlequin's Millions
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Josef Pasternack
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 3. Nessun Dorma
  • Performer: Tom Burke (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Hamilton Harty
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Tosti, Francesco Paolo : My Dreams, for voice & piano or orchestra, C.S. 143
  • Performer: Tom Burke (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Act 2. Ha Wie In Meiner Seele
  • Performer: Richard Tauber (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Ernst Hauke
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Stolz, Robert : Im weissen Rössl :: Adieu, Mein Kleiner Gardeoffizer "Goodbye"
  • Performer: Richard Tauber (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Frieder Weissmann
  • Notes: Composition written: 1930.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1930

>Giordano, Umberto : La cena delle beffe :: Ah! Che Tormento
  • Performer: Antonio Cortis (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 1. Non Piangere Líú
  • Performer: Antonio Cortis (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Act 3. Morgenlich Leuchtend Im Rosigen Schein "Walthe
  • Performer: Richard Crooks (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862-1867

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: O Lola, Rosengleich Blühn Deine Wangen (Siciliana
  • Performers: Richard Crooks (Voice); Max Saal (Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rossini, Gioachino : Stabat mater :: Cujus Animam
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Carl Millöcker (Composer) (1842 - 1899) : The Beggar Student, operetta :: Act 3. Nu Är Jag Pank Och Fågelfri "Ich Hab' Kein Geld"
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Notes: Composition written: 1882.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L'elisir d'amore, opera :: Act 2. Una Furtiva Lagrima
  • Performer: Ferruccio Tagliavini
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 2. Ella Mi Fu Rapita!...Parmi Veder Le Lagrime
  • Performer: Ferruccio Tagliavini
  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Capua, Eduardo di : O sole mio
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Notes: 02/05/1916/08/15/1932
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1900

>Leoncavallo, Ruggero : Pagliacci, opera :: Act 1. Recitar!...Vesti La Giubba
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Notes: 03/17/1907/03/15/1932
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. Mi Par D'Udir Ancora "Je Crois Entendre Encore"
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Eugene Goossens
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Curtis, Ernesto de : Torna a Surriento
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Dino Olivieri
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Flotow, Friedrich v. : Martha, opera :: Act 3. Ach So Fromm "M'Appari"
  • Performer: Joseph Schmidt (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Clemens Schmalstich
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Mascagni, Pietro : L'Amico Fritz :: Act 2. Suzel, Buon Di...Tutto Tace "Cherry Duet"
  • Performers: Tito Schipa; Mafalda Vocals] (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Antonicelli
  • Running Time: 9 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. La Donna E Mobile
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Notes: 03/16/1908/03/12/1932
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Cottrau, Teodoro : Santa Lucia
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Notes: 03/20/1916/??/??/1934
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1860

>Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948) : The Land of Smiles :: Act
  • Performer: Richard Tauber (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Franz Lehár
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Manon :: Act 2. O Dolce Incanto "En Fermant Les Yeux"
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1882-1883

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. Che Gelida Manina
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. O Soave Fanciulla
  • Performers: Enrico Caruso; Nellie Melba (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Act 3. La Vita E Inferno...O Tu, Che In Seno Agli Angeli
  • Performer: Giovanni Martinelli (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>José Padilla (1955 - ) : Valencia
  • Performers: Tito Schipa; Rosario Bourdon (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: circa 1910-1950

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Recondita Armonia
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 3. E Lucevan Le Stelle
  • Performer: Enrico Caruso
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3. Salut! Demeure Chaste Et Pure
  • Performer: Jussi Björling
  • Conductor: Nils Grevillius
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Act 1. Del Tempio Al Limitar "Au Fond Du Temple Saint"
  • Performers: Enrico Caruso; Mario Ancona (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Act 2. Amor Ti Vieta
  • Performer: Beniamino Gigli
  • Conductor: Umberto Berrettoni
  • Notes: Composition written: 1898.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Boito, Arrigo : Mefistofele :: Act 1. Dai Campi, Dai Prati
  • Performer: John McCormack
  • Notes: Composition written: 1868-75.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1868-1875

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 2. Oh! Mostruosa Colpa!...Si, Pel Ciel
  • Performers: Titta Ruffo (Baritone); Enrico Caruso
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887