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Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

Audio Samples

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>     Casta Diva
>     Mira o Norma
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>     Barcarolle
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>     Ebben? ne andrò lontana
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>     Intermezzo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>     Letter Duet
>     Porgi amor
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>     Che farò senza Euridice
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Va pensiero
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>     Una furtiva lagrima
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>     Humming chorus
>     Un bel di
>     Flower Duet
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Soave sia il vento
>     Un'aura amorosa
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>     Overture (excerpt)
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>     Depuis le jour
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Là ci darem la mano
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>     Quando le sere al placido
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>     Mir ist so wunderbar
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>     Flower Duet
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>     Au fond du temple saint (duet)
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>     Lascia ch'io pianga
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Prelude
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>     O Silver moon
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
>     When I am Laid in Earth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>     Miserre
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>     Vissi d'arte
>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
>     Intermezzo
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>     Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta voix)
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>     Ombra mai fu (Largo)
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>     Pilgrim's Chorus
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b)
>     Ruhe sanft
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     [Unspecified] Entr'acte
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
>     Höchsten Heiles Wunder

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne
>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally
>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Delibes, Leo [Composer] : Lakme, opera
>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera
>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY
>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b)
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Reri Grist , Montserrat Caballé , Maria Chiara, Renée Fleming, Mirella Freni , Edita Gruberová, Gundula Janowitz , Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp , Joan Sutherland , Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Anna Murray, Jane Berbié, Grace Bumbry, Marilyn Horne , Tatiana Troyanos (mezzo soprano); Gösta Winbergh, Plácido Domingo, Roberto Alagna, Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor); Bryn Terfel (baritone); Manfred Jungwirth , Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass voice).

Rapture: Opera's Most Heavenly Moments collects two discs' worth of opera classics that have been featured in films and commercials, and features performances from such star singers as Bryn Terfel, Joan Sutherland, and Kiri TeKanawa. The collection offers a good sampling of works from many of opera's definitive composers, including Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Purcell, and Wagner, and includes music from films such as Driving Miss Daisy, Babette's Feast, and The Shawshank Redemption. Highlights include Bellini's Casta Duva, as featured in The Bridges of Madison County, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman from Life Is Beautiful, and Puccini's Un Bel Di from Madame Butterfly and featured in Fatal Attraction. Delibes' Flower Duet from Lakmé and Mozart's Soave Sia il Vento from Cosi Fan Tutte are some of the other standout tracks in this collection, which may have a slightly glib premise but features quality music nevertheless. ~ Heather Phares



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Works Details

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Casta Diva
  • Performers: London Philharmonic Choir (Soprano); The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano); Charles Mackerras
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Choir
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Bridges of Madison County."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Offenbach, Jacques : Gaîté Parisienne :: Barcarolle
  • Performers: Claudia Eder (Mezzo Soprano); Edita Gruberova (Soprano); Seiji Ozawa (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Seiji Ozawa
  • Ensemble: ORTF National Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "La Vita e Bella."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Catalani, Alfredo : La Wally :: Ebben? ne andrò lontana
  • Performers: National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]; Kurt Adler (Voice); Maria Chiara (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Kurt Adler
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra (London)
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Diva."
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1892
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mascagni, Pietro : Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act :: Intermezzo
  • Performers: La Scala Theater Orchestra (Harpsichord); Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: La Scala Theater Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Raging Bull."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Letter Duet
  • Performers: Karl Böhm; Gundula Janowitz; Edith Mathis (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "The Shawshank Redemption."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo :: Che farò senza Euridice
  • Performers: Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano); János Kulka
  • Conductor: János Kulka
  • Ensemble: Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Va pensiero
  • Performer: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera :: Una furtiva lagrima
  • Performers: Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Tenor); Gösta Winbergh (Tenor); Gabriele Ferro (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Ferro
  • Ensemble: Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Porgi amor
  • Performers: Karl Böhm; Gundula Janowitz
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Humming chorus
  • Performers: Ambrosian Singers Of London; Philharmonia Orchestra; Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Soave sia il vento
  • Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass); James Levine (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Sunday, Bloody Sunday."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Overture (excerpt)
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra; Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: This overture is presented here in excerpted form.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Un'aura amorosa
  • Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Tenor); James Levine (Piano); Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor)
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Un bel di
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Mirella Freni; Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Fatal Attraction."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Depuis le jour
  • Performers: New Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Reynald Giovaninetti
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Là ci darem la mano
  • Performers: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Reri Grist (Soprano); Karl Böhm
  • Conductor: Karl Böhm
  • Ensemble: Prague National Theatre Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Babette's Feast."
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Quando le sere al placido
  • Performers: Lorin Maazel; Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lorin Maazel
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Mir ist so wunderbar
  • Performers: Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor); Manfred Jungwirth (Bass); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Gundula Janowitz; Lucia Popp
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Léo Delibes (Composer) (1836 - 1891) : Lakmé, opera :: Flower Duet
  • Performers: Jane Berbié (Mezzo Soprano); Richard Bonynge; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bonynge
  • Ensemble: Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the British Airways commercial.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1883
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bizet, Georges : The Pearl Fishers, opera :: Au fond du temple saint (duet)
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: Metropolitan Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "World Rally on C4."
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1863
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : Rinaldo :: Lascia ch'io pianga
  • Performers: Christopher Hogwood; Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
  • Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music (UK)
  • Notes: This work was featured in the Harrod's commercial.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1711
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
  • Ensemble: Bavarian State Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Rusalka :: O Silver moon
  • Performers: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: This work was featured in the film "Driving Miss Daisy."
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Language: Czech
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas, Z 626 :: When I am Laid in Earth
  • Performers: Charles Mackerras; Tatiana Troyanos (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: North German Radio Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689
  • Language: English
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Miserre
  • Performers: Rosalind Plowright (Soprano); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Carlo Giulini (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Ensemble: Accademia di Santa Cecilia Chorus
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Vissi d'arte
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Mirella Freni; Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schmidt, Franz : Notre Dame :: Intermezzo
  • Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Harpsichord); Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904-1906
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta voix)
  • Performers: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Mezzo Soprano); Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: János Kulka
  • Ensemble: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877
  • Language: French
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Handel, George Frideric : MEDLEY :: Ombra mai fu (Largo)
  • Performers: Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Bass Baritone); Charles Mackerras; Bryn Terfel
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: Scottish Chamber Orchestra Strings
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wagner, Richard : Tannhäuser :: Pilgrim's Chorus
  • Performer: Bayreuth Festival Orchestra & Chorus
  • Conductor: Wilhelm Pitz
  • Ensemble: Bayreuth Festival Choir
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1843-1865
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Zaide, K 344 (334b) :: Ruhe sanft
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Colin Davis (Conductor); Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1780
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Flower Duet
  • Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Teresa Berganza; Mirella Freni; Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: [Unspecified] Entr'acte
  • Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Harpsichord); Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Mira o Norma
  • Performers: London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Marilyn Horne; Joan Sutherland
  • Conductor: Richard Bone
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831
  • Language: Italian
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wagner, Richard : Parsifal :: Höchsten Heiles Wunder
  • Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Harpsichord); Herbert Karajan
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1878-1882
  • Language: German
  • Studio/Live: Studio