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The Essential Collection - Great Tenors / McCormack, et al

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
>Millöcker, Carl : Der Bettelstudent
>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 : Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke")
>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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>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: Max Saal (Harp); Richard Crooks (Voice)
  • 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

>Millöcker, Carl : Der Bettelstudent :: 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: Romantic
  • 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 Favero (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

>Lehár, Franz : Das Land des Lächelns (The Land of Smiles), operetta in 3 acts (revision of "Die gelbe Jacke") :: 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

>Padilla, José : Valencia
  • Performers: Rosario Bourdon (Cello); Tito Schipa
  • 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: Mario Ancona (Baritone); Enrico Caruso
  • 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: Enrico Caruso; Titta Ruffo (Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887