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The Essential Collection - Great Sopranos, Contraltos, et al

Album Summary

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera
>Lotti, Antonio : Arminio
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Il rè pastore, K 208
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72
>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chenier
>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47
>Goodhart : A Fairy went a-marketing
>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète
>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung
>Schubert, Franz : Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492
>Hullah, John Pyke : Three fishers went sailing
>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucrezia Borgia
>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Hildach, Eugen : Der Lenz, for voice & piano, Op. 19/5
>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode ("Land of Hope and Glory"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44
>Traditional, English : Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
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Notes & Reviews:

It 's time for the ladies to step up for the second of our "high brow" classical additions to the Essential Collection. This set features the inimitable Maria Callas, arguably the most famous soprano of them all, Adelina Patti, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf and Victoria de los Angeles. It also features the great Contralto 's Kathleen Ferrier, Britain 's beloved who died tragically young, and Clara Butt, the statuesque beauty whose voice, according to Sir Thomas Beecham, could be heard across the English Channel. Listen and wonder at these great voices from another era.



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Works Details

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 1. Casta Diva...Ah! Bello A Me Ritorna
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Arturo Basile
  • Running Time: 9 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Lotti, Antonio : Arminio :: Pur Dicesti
  • Performer: Adelina Patti (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Act 2. In Quali Eccessi...Mi Tradì, Quell'Alma Ingrata
  • Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Josef Krips
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Il rè pastore, K 208 :: Act 2. L'Amerò, Sarò Costante
  • Performers: Elisabeth Schumann; Marjorie Hayward (Violin)
  • Conductor: George Byng
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, Op. 72 :: Abscheulicher!...Komm, Hoffnung (Lenore's recitative and aria)
  • Performer: Kirsten Flagstad
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Notes: Composition written: 1804-06.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1804-1806

>Rossini, Gioachino : Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), opera :: Act 1. Una Voce Poco Fa...lo Son Docile
  • Performer: Amelita Galli-Curci
  • Conductor: Josef Pasternack
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Bellini, Vincenzo : La sonnambula, opera :: Act 2. Ah! Non Giunge
  • Performers: Luisa Tetrazzini (Soprano); Clement Barone (Flute)
  • Conductor: Josef Pasternack
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1831

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Act 1. Surta E La Notte...Ernani!, Ernani Involami...Tutto Sprezzo Che D'Ernani
  • Performer: Rosa Ponselle
  • Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3. O Dieu! Que De Bijoux!...Ah! Je Ris "Jewel Song"
  • Performer: Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Walter Susskind
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4. Ave Maria
  • Performer: Elisabeth Rethberg (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Giordano, Umberto : Andrea Chénier :: Act 3. La Mamma Morta
  • Performer: Claudia Muzio (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lorenzo Molajoli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1896.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Charpentier, Gustave : Louise :: Act 3. Dupuis La Jour
  • Performer: Nellie Melba (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Walter Rogers
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887-1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 2. In Questa Reggia...O Principi, Che A Lunghe Carovane
  • Performer: Eva Turner (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Stanford Robinson
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Act 2. O Rendetemi La Speme...Qui La Voce...Vien, Diletto
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Arturo Basile
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo :: Act 3. What Is Life? "Che Farò?"
  • Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Voice)
  • Conductor: Malcolm Sargent
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 3. Faites-Lui Mes Aveux
  • Performer: Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Act 2. Softly Awakes My Heart
  • Performer: Marian Anderson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Lawrance Collingwood
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Goodhart : A Fairy went a-marketing
  • Performer: Clara Butt (Alto)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.

>Meyerbeer, Giacomo : Le Prophète :: Act 5. O Prêtres De Baal
  • Performer: Sigrid Onegin (Alto)
  • Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Brahms, Johannes : Songs (5) for voice & piano, Op. 94
  • Performer: Maria Olszewska (Alto)
  • Conductor: George Reeves
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Wagner, Richard : Götterdämmerung :: Act 1. Höre Mit Sinn, Was Ich Dir Sage!
  • Performer: Ernestine Schumann-Heink (Voice)
  • Conductor: Rosario Bourdon
  • Running Time: 4 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1869-1874

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 :: Act 1. Printemps Qui Commence
  • Performer: Louise Kirkby-Lunn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Percy Pitt
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859-1877

>Schubert, Franz : Der Musensohn, D 764/Op. 92 no 1
  • Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Voice)
  • Conductor: Phyllis Spurr
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1822

>Bellini, Vincenzo : Norma, opera :: Act 1. Sgombra E La Sacra Selva
  • Performer: Irene Minghini-Cattaneo (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Carlo Sabajno
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1831

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492 :: Act 1. Non So Piú Cosa Son, Cosa Faccio
  • Performer: Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Angelo Albergoni
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Hullah, John Pyke : Three fishers went sailing
  • Performer: Clara Butt (Alto)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.

>Donizetti, Gaetano : Lucrezia Borgia :: Il Segreto Per Esser Felici
  • Performer: Sigrid Onegin (Alto)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1833

>Brahms, Johannes : Alto Rhapsody, Op. 53
  • Performer: Marian Anderson (Voice)
  • Conductor: Eugene Ormandy
  • Running Time: 13 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Schubert, Franz : An die Musik, D 547
  • Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1817

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Act 1. L'Amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle
  • Performer: Conchita Supervia (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gustave Cloez
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Act 4. When All Was Young
  • Performer: Louise Kirkby-Lunn (Voice)
  • Conductor: Percy Pitt
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Hildach, Eugen : Der Lenz, for voice & piano, Op. 19/5
  • Performer: Ernestine Schumann-Heink (Voice)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Elgar, Edward : Coronation Ode ("Land of Hope and Glory"), for soloists, chorus & orchestra, Op. 44 :: Land Of Hope An
  • Performer: Clara Butt (Alto)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Traditional, English : Blow the Wind Southerly (Northumbrian Folk Song)
  • Performer: Kathleen Ferrier (Voice)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.