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The Essential José Carreras

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Massenet, Jules : Werther
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Rodgers, Richard : Some Enchanted Evening, song (for the musical South Pacific)
>Rodgers, Richard : Twin Soliloquies, song ("This Is How It Feels") (for the musical South Pacific)
>Rodgers, Richard : This Nearly Was Mine, song (for the musical South Pacific)
>Rodgers, Richard : South Pacific, musical
>Grieg, Edvard : Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song transcription for piano, Op. 41/3
>Mompou, Federico : Damunt de tu nomes les flors, for voice & piano (Combat del somni no 1)
>Traditional, Catalan : Els Contrabandistes, folk song
>Toldrá, Eduardo : Festeig for voice & orchestra
>Toldrá, Eduardo : A l'ombra del lladoner, for voice & orchestra
>Toldrá, Eduardo : Canco de Passar Cantant for voice & orchestra
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La ricordanza, sonetto for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Arietta da Camera (6) for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il fervido desiderio, for voice & piano
>Bellini, Vincenzo : Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano
>Alvarez, Fermin Maria : Pregaria (El cant de l'anima a la Verge)
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 41
>Feliciano, José : Feliz Navidad
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A beloved member of "The Three Tenors," Spain's Jose Carreras endures as one of the most passionate, popular and affecting singers of his time. Though his worldwide celebrity was sealed by his first collaboration in "The Three Tenors" with Placido Domingo and the late Luciano Pavarotti in 1990, Carreras had been one of opera's finest tenors for almost twenty years, his sweet and lyrical voice commanding a wide range of roles from the ardent young romantic hero of 'Werther' to the dangerous Don Jose of 'Carmen'. He has also won new fans with his song recordings and his charming forays into the Broadway repertoire.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: Tallis Chamber Choir
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Giordano, Umberto : Fedora :: Ma dunque è amore? ... Amor ti vieta
  • Performers: Pal Kovacs (Tenor); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Notes: Composition written: 1898.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1898

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Dammi i colori... Recondita armonia
  • Performers: Italo Tajo (Bass); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Hungarian State Orchestra
  • Notes: Italian Institue, Budapest, Hungary (12/14/1988-12/22/1988)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: E lucevan le stelle
  • Performers: Italo Tajo (Bass); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Hungarian State Orchestra
  • Notes: Italian Institue, Budapest, Hungary (12/14/1988-12/22/1988)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: O dolci mani mansuete epure
  • Performers: Italo Tajo (Bass); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Michael Thomas
  • Ensemble: Hungarian State Orchestra
  • Notes: Italian Institue, Budapest, Hungary (12/14/1988-12/22/1988)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Non piangere Liú
  • Performers: Helmut Wildhaber (Voice); Heinz Zednik (Tenor); Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); John-Paul Bogart (Bass); José Carreras; Robert Kerns (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Nessun dorma!
  • Performers: Helmut Wildhaber (Voice); Heinz Zednik (Tenor); Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); John-Paul Bogart (Bass); José Carreras; Robert Kerns (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto :: Tu sei commosso!...
  • Performers: Paolo Gavanelli (Bass); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Oleg Caetani
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (03/06/1986-03/08/1986)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto :: D'un'alma troppo fervida
  • Performers: Paolo Gavanelli (Bass); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Oleg Caetani
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (03/06/1986-03/08/1986)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto :: Ah! Fuggi da morte...
  • Performers: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Oleg Caetani
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (03/06/1986-03/08/1986)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Poliuto :: Fia vero!... Di!
  • Performers: Katia Ricciarelli (Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Oleg Caetani
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (03/06/1986-03/08/1986)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Senza musa. Colpito qui m'avete ov'io... Un dì all'azzurro spazio
  • Performers: José Carreras; Eva Marton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Notes: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary (08/11/1986-08/23/1986)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Come un bel dì di maggio
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Patanè
  • Notes: Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary (08/11/1986-08/23/1986)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Orchestral Introduction
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Il faut nous séparer...
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Mais vous ne savez rien de moi...
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Massenet, Jules : Werther :: Rêve! Extase!
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Tu qui, Santuzza?...
  • Performers: Margaretha Hintermeier (Alto); Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: Tallis Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 9 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: La tua Santuzza
  • Performers: Margaretha Hintermeier (Alto); Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: Tallis Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: C'est toi! C'est moi...
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Mais moi, Carmen, je t'aime encore
  • Performers: Agnes Baltsa (Mezzo Soprano); José Carreras
  • Conductor: Placido Domingo
  • Ensemble: Tallis Chamber Choir
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Rodgers, Richard : Some Enchanted Evening, song (for the musical South Pacific)
  • Performers: Juliet Midgley (Voice); Sarah King (Voice); José Carreras; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/27/1986-01/31/1986)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : Twin Soliloquies, song ("This Is How It Feels") (for the musical South Pacific)
  • Performers: Juliet Midgley (Voice); Sarah King (Voice); José Carreras; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/27/1986-01/31/1986)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : This Nearly Was Mine, song (for the musical South Pacific)
  • Performers: Juliet Midgley (Voice); Sarah King (Voice); José Carreras; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/27/1986-01/31/1986)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : South Pacific, musical :: Finale ultimo
  • Performers: Juliet Midgley (Voice); Sarah King (Voice); José Carreras; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Jonathan Tunick
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/27/1986-01/31/1986)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Grieg, Edvard : Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song transcription for piano, Op. 41/3
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1884

>Mompou, Federico : Damunt de tu nomes les flors, for voice & piano (Combat del somni no 1)
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Traditional, Catalan : Els Contrabandistes, folk song
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Eduardo Toldrá (1895 - 1962) : Festeig for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eduardo Toldrá (1895 - 1962) : A l'ombra del lladoner, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Eduardo Toldrá (1895 - 1962) : Canco de Passar Cantant for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Joan Casas
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La ricordanza, sonetto for voice & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1834

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Arietta da Camera (6) for voice & piano :: Malinconia, ninfa gentile
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1827-1835

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Arietta da Camera (6) for voice & piano :: Per pietà, bell' idol mio
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Il fervido desiderio, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1827-1833

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Martin Katz (Piano); José Carreras
  • Notes: Mozartsaal of the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (11/23/1989-11/30/1989)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1821

>Alvarez, Fermin Maria : Pregària (El cant de l'anima a la Verge)
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (12/22/1999-12/23/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (5), Op. 41
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); José Carreras; Luciano Pavarotti (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (12/22/1999-12/23/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>José Feliciano (1945 - ) : Feliz Navidad
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria (12/22/1999-12/23/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary