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Rapture - Opera's Most Heavenly Moments

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, Léo : Lakmé, 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 Pizzoli, 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: The London Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); London Philharmonic Choir (Soprano); Charles Mackerras; Renée Fleming (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • 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); Seiji Ozawa (Soprano); Edita Gruberova (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: Maria Chiara (Soprano); National Philharmonic Orchestra [London]; Kurt Adler (Voice)
  • 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: Gabriele Ferro (Tenor); Orchestra Del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Tenor); Gösta Winbergh (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: Gundula Janowitz; Karl Böhm
  • 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: Philharmonia Orchestra; Giuseppe Sinopoli; Ambrosian Singers (Voice)
  • 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: Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); James Levine; Kiri Te Kanawa; Ferruccio Furlanetto (Bass)
  • 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: Giuseppe Sinopoli; Philharmonia Orchestra
  • 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); Hans-Peter Blochwitz (Tenor); James Levine
  • 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: Giuseppe Sinopoli; Mirella Freni; Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano)
  • 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: Montserrat Caballé; New Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano)
  • 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: Karl Böhm; Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau; Reri Grist (Soprano)
  • 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: Placido Domingo; Lorin Maazel
  • 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: Manfred Jungwirth (Bass); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Soprano); Leonard Bernstein (Piano); Lucia Popp; Gundula Janowitz; Adolf Dallapozza (Tenor)
  • 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

>Delibes, Léo : Lakmé, opera :: Flower Duet
  • Performers: Joan Sutherland; Richard Bonynge; Jane Berbié (Voice)
  • 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: Kiri Te Kanawa; Christopher Hogwood
  • 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

>Dvorak, Antonin : Rusalka :: O Silver moon
  • Performers: Renée Fleming (Soprano); Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (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: Carlo Giulini (Tenor); Rosalind Plowright (Soprano); Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Ensemble: Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra
  • 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

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Softly awakens my heart (Mon coeur s'oeuvre à ta voix)
  • Performers: Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano); Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (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: Bryn Terfel; Charles Mackerras; Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Bass Baritone)
  • 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 Orchestra
  • 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: Kiri Te Kanawa; London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Colin Davis (Conductor)
  • 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: Teresa Berganza; Giuseppe Sinopoli; Philharmonia Orchestra (Soprano); Mirella Freni
  • 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
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1873-1874
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Mira o Norma
  • Performers: Joan Sutherland; London Symphony Orchestra (Soprano); Marilyn Horne
  • 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: Herbert Karajan; Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Harpsichord)
  • 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