The #1 Tenor Album

The #1 Tenor Album


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With two discs containing 50 well-known songs and arias performed by a handful of great voices, you'll get your money's worth with the #1 Tenor Album. The big three are here -- Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo -- opening the program with "La Donna è mobile" from Verdi's Rigoletto, along with arias from Puccini's Manon Lescaut and Bizet's Carmen. Star tenor Roberto Alagna joins the billing with Donizetti's "Una furtiva lagrima" from L'Elisir d'amore, but then the program takes a turn with a lineup of great tenors past: Carlo Bergonzi, Jussi Björling, Mario del Monaco, Fritz Wunderlich, Franco Corelli, Giuseppe di Stefano, and others. Bergonzi offers a heartfelt "Che gelida manina" from his classic 1950s recording of Bohème, while Wunderlich, who possessed one of the great tenor voices of the 20th century but died tragically young, performs a supremely lyrical "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" from Mozart's Magic Flute. Franco Corelli's "E lucevan le stelle" from Puccini's Tosca is as impassioned a version as one is likely ever to hear, and di Stefano brings elegance and impeccable diction to "Recondita armonia," also from Tosca. Broadening the selections, the second disc offers a pair of Wagner arias from Walküre and Meistersinger (sung by Jon Vickers and René Kollo) and moves in other directions, too, with a series of Spanish, Italian, and German popular songs. Domingo, Carreras, and Pavarotti are up to their usual standards in these, but di Stefano shines, singing five celebrated Italian songs as if to the manner born.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2001
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028947002123
catalogNumber: 470021
Rank: 98392


Disc 1

  1. Rigoletto, opera: La donna è mobile

    1. La donna è mobile  (02:24)
  2. Manon Lescaut, opera: Donna non vidi mai

    1. Donna non vidi mai  (02:14)
  3. Carmen, opéra-comique in 4 acts: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée

    1. La fleur que tu m'avais jetée  (03:57)
  4. L'Elisir d'amore, opera: Una furtiva lagrima

    1. Una furtiva lagrima  (03:44)
  5. La bohème, opera: Che gelida manina

    1. Che gelida manina  (04:57)
  6. Aida, opera: Celeste Aida

    1. Celeste Aida  (03:41)
  7. Martha, opera: M'appari

    1. M'appari  (03:29)
  8. La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Cielo e mar

    1. Cielo e mar  (04:58)
  9. Pagliacci, opera: Veste la giubba

    1. Veste la giubba  (02:48)
  10. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), opera, K. 620: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön

    1. Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön  (04:40)
  11. Les Contes d'Hoffmann, opera in 4 acts: O Dieu! De quelle ivresse

    1. O Dieu! De quelle ivresse  (02:00)
  12. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle

    1. E lucevan le stelle  (03:10)
  13. Manon Lescaut, opera: Tra voi belle, brune e bionde

    1. Tra voi belle, brune e bionde  (01:15)
  14. Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella

    1. Questa o quella  (01:38)
  15. Luisa Miller, opera: Quando le sere al placido

    1. Quando le sere al placido  (03:22)
  16. Werther, opera: Pourquoi me réveiller

    1. Pourquoi me réveiller  (03:07)
  17. La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera: Ch'ella mi creda

    1. Ch'ella mi creda  (02:28)
  18. Il Trovatore, opera: Di quella pira

    1. Di quella pira  (03:20)
  19. Andrea Chénier, opera: Un dì all'azzurro spazio

    1. Un dì all'azzurro spazio  (04:18)
  20. Turandot, opera: Non piangere Liù

    1. Non piangere Liù  (02:50)
  21. La Traviata, opera: Lunge da lei - De' miei bollenti spiriti

    1. Lunge da lei - De' miei bollenti spiriti  (01:58)
  22. Fedora, opera: Amor ti vieta

    1. Amor ti vieta  (01:59)
  23. L' Africaine, grand opera in 5 acts: Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso

    1. Mi batte il cor...O Paradiso  (03:12)
  24. L'Arlesiana, opera: Lamento di Federico

    1. Lamento di Federico  (04:23)
  25. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), opera: Addio, fiorito

    1. Addio, fiorito  (02:03)

Disc 2

  1. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo ne'lieti calici

    1. Libiamo ne'lieti calici  (03:02)
  2. Tosca, opera: Recondita armonia

    1. Recondita armonia  (03:10)
  3. Il Trovatore, opera: Ah si ben mio

    1. Ah si ben mio  (02:53)
  4. La Favorita, opera: Spirto gentil

    1. Spirto gentil  (04:12)
  5. Faust, opera: Salut! Demeure chaste et pure

    1. Salut! Demeure chaste et pure  (04:47)
  6. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b: Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond

    1. Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond  (03:06)
  7. Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, opera, WWV 96: Morgenlich leuchtend

    1. Morgenlich leuchtend  (05:11)
  8. Adriana Lecouvreur, opera: La dolcissima effgie

    1. La dolcissima effgie  (02:06)
  9. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma!

    1. Nessun dorma!  (02:59)
  10. O Sole Mio for voice & piano (or orchestra) - arranged by Chiaramello  (03:25)
  11. La Mia Canzone Al Vento for voice & orchestra - arranged by Mancini, Henry  (03:05)
  12. Torna a Surriento for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (02:33)
  13. Parlami D'Amore, Mariu for voice & orchestra  (03:17)
  14. O Surdato 'nnamurato, for voice & orchestra (with chorus, ad lib)  (02:43)
  15. Caro mio ben  (03:06)
  16. La danza. Tarantella Napolitana ("Già la luna è in mezzo al mare"), for voice & piano (Soirées musicales)  (03:07)
  17. Chitarra Romana for voice & orchestra  (02:39)
  18. Era di Maggio, for voice & orchestra  (03:42)
  19. Santa Lucia luntana, for voice & orchestra - arranged by Courage  (01:31)
  20. Mattinata, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)  (02:00)
  21. Funiculì Funiculà for voice & orchestra (& chorus ad lib) - arranged by Chiaramello  (02:42)
  22. Granada for voice & orchestra (with chorus ad lib)  (03:43)
  23. Core 'ngrato (Catari), for voice & orchestra - arranged by Chiaramello  (03:29)
  24. La Tabernera del Puerto, zarzuela: No puede ser

    1. No puede ser  (02:43)
  25. Dein ist mein ganzes Herz, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (from "Das Land des Lächelns")  (03:33)

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