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BEST SOPRANO ARIAS 100

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This 6 CD set contains a collection of 100 soprano arias from opera, oratorio and Baroque classics performed by some of the world’s leading singers.

CD 1 covers the Baroque era and includes popular arias from operas, oratorios and cantatas by J. S. Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell and Rameau. It ends with two items by Gluck, whose works link the Baroque period with the Classical era of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart that followed it.

CD 2 is devoted entirely to arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, many of whose operas remain today the mainstay of the repertoire in opera houses around the world. The most famous Mozart operas are generously represented here with several items each from Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte.

CD 3 begins with two arias from Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, and one from Weber’s classic work Der Freischütz, before moving to a group of pieces by Richard Wagner. Then come several examples of arias from Slavonic operas by Tchaikovsky (Russian), Dvorák and Smetana (Czech) before returning to Germany for attractive examples of the music of Richard Strauss and Erich Korngold.

The next CD transports us to France to enjoy extracts from some of the world’s most famous operas, including Bizet’s Carmen, Gounod’s Faust, Massenet’s Manon, Offenbach’s Contes d’Hoffmann and many other favourites. The disc ends with the romantic aria ‘Depuis le jour’ from Charpentier’s Louise.

In CD 5 we visit Italy at the height of its operatic glory in the 19th century, starting with the bel canto treasures of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini and them moving to some of the best-loved arias of all times by Giacomo Puccini from his great masterpieces like La bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and Turandot. The disc concludes with music from the verismo school in three highly dramatic arias by Catalani, Mascagni and Giordano, including ‘Ebben? ne andrò lontana’ and ‘La mamma morta’.

CD 6 is devoted entirely to possibly the greatest Italian operatic composer of all – Giuseppe Verdi. It covers all his best-known operas from early works like Ernani and Attila, through his three great middle-period triumphs of Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata, up to the great masterpieces of his maturity like La forza del destino, Don Carlo and Aida. The programme ends with the poignant ‘Ave Maria’ from the last act of Otello, sung by Desdemona before she is murdered by her jealous husband Othello.

CD 1
1. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 - Aria : Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!
Crispian Steele-Perkins
2. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 - Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze) (Cantata No. 108)
Gudrun Jahn
3. (PART 1) - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion
Taverner Choir
4. Part 3 - I know that my Redeemer liveth (soprano air: Larghetto)
Paul Esswood
5. Joshua HWV64 (1988 Digital Remaster) - O had I Jubal's lyre (1988 Digital Remaster)
György Fischer
6. Rinaldo HWV7a - Lascia ch'io pianga (Act II)
Kirk Trevor
7. Scenes 13-15 - Aria: Tornami a vagheggiar (Morgana)
John Heley
8. Scene 13 - Aria: Ombre pallide, lo so, mi udite (Alcina)
John Heley
9. Scene 2 - Aria: Ma quando tornerai (Alcina)
John Heley
10. Serse HWVV40 (1967 Digital Remaster) - Un cenno leggiadretto (Act 1)
György Fischer
11. Part One - Aria: "Un pensiero nemico di pace" (Bellezza)
Le Concert d`Astrée
12. Scene 2 - Aria: Nasce rosa lusinghiera (Idaspe)
Elina Garanca
13. Scene 2 - Aria: Anch' il mar par che sommerga (Idaspe)
Elina Garanca
14. Dido and Aeneas Z626 - When I am laid in earth
Victoria de los Angeles
15. Castor et Pollux - Acte I, scène 3 - Air de Télaïre: Tristes apprêts
Les Talens Lyriques
16. Castor et Pollux - Iphigénie en Trauride: Non, cet affreux devoir... Je t'implore
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
17. Iphigénie et Aulide - Acte III, scène 6 - Récitatif et Air de Clytemnestre: Dieux puissants que j'atteste...Jupiter, lance la foudre
Les Talens Lyriques
CD 2
1. Die Entführung Aus Dem Serail - Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Ach, ich liebte
Anna Moffo
2. Act II - Martern aller Arten (Konstanze) (1989 Digital Remaster)
Anneliese Rothenberger
3. Act II - Welche Wonne, welche Lust (Blonde) (1989 Digital Remaster)
Josef Krips
4. Scena terza - Or sai chi l'onore (Donna Anna)
Cheryl Studer
5. Scene Four - Aria: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (Zerlina)
Graziella Sciutti
6. Don Giovanni - Don Giovanni: In quali eccessi, o Numi...Mi tradì quell'alma ingrata
Dame Joan Sutherland
7. Scena prima (1991 Digital Remaster) - Aria: Vedrai, carino (Zerlina) (1991 Digital Remaster)
Mirella Freni
8. Recitative & Aria - Aria: Non mi dir, bell'idol mio (Donna Anna)
Dame Joan Sutherland
9. ERSTER AUFZUG - Nr.4 Recit & Aria: O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn ... (Königin der Nacht)
Lucia Popp
10. Act II - Der Hölle Rache (Königin)
Edita Gruberova
11. Act II - Ach, ich fühl's, es ist entschwunden (Pamina)
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
12. Zaide K344 - Aria: Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben
Louis Langree
13. Le Nozze di Figaro K492 (1989 Digital Remaster) - Deh vieni, non tardar (The Marriage of Figaro, Act IV)
Anna Moffo
14. Le Nozze di Figaro K492 (1989 Digital Remaster) - Porgi amor (Le Nozze di Figaro: Contessa, 3.Akt) (2008 Digital Remaster)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
15. ACT 3 - Dove sono (Contessa Almaviva)
Dame Margaret Price
16. Scene Three - Aria: In uomini, in soldati (Despina)
Bernard Haitink
17. Scene Three - Come scoglio (Così fan tutte: Fiordiligi, 1.Akt) (2008 Digital Remaster)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
18. Così fan tutte (2000 Digital Remaster) - Una donna a quindici anni (Despina)
Hanny Steffek
CD 3
1. ACT 1 - Nr. 2 Arie: O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint (Marzelline)
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
2. ACT 1 - Nr. 9 Rezitativ und Arie: Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin? (Leonore)
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
3. Der Freischütz - Wie nahte mir der Schlummer....Leise, leise (Act II)
Julius Rudel
4. Tannhäuser - Dich, teure Halle...(Act II)
Julius Rudel
5. Lohengrin - Einsam in trüben Tagen (Elsa's Dream)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
6. Lohengrin (1993 Digital Remaster) - Euch Lüften, die mien Klagen (Act II)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
7. Tristan und Isolde - Mild und leise (Liebestod)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
8. ACT II (1997 Digital Remaster) - Klänge der Heimat (Csárdás) (Rosalinde) (1997 Digital Remaster)
Senta Wengraf
9. Eugene Onegin - Tatiana's letter scene
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
10. Rusalka - Song to the Moon (Act I)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
11. Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride) - Kdybych se co takového (Should I ever happen to learn) (Act 1)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
12. Prodaná Nevesta (The Bartered Bride) - Dalibor: Jak je mi? ( How confused I feel!) (Act 2)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
13. Ariadne auf Naxos - Es gibt ein Reich
Julius Rudel
14. Elektra Op 58 - Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren (Chrysothemis/Elektra)
Dorothea Geipel
15. Die tote Stadt - Mariettas Lied: Glück, das mir verblieb
Julius Rudel
CD 4
1. Roméo et Juliet: Je veux vivre (Act I - Waltz Song) (1993 Digital Remaster)
Choeurs et Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
2. Scene 6 (2003 Digital Remaster) - Un bouquet!...O Dieu! Que de bijoux (Jewel Song ) (Marguerite) (2003 Digital Remaster)
Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
3. Les Huguenots - Nobles seigneurs, salut! (Act I)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
4. Les Huguenots - Le Pardon de Ploërmel - Acte II : Ombre légère
June Anderson
5. Carmen (2000 Digital Remaster) - Récit & Habanera: Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (2000 Digital Remaster)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
6. Carmen (2000 Digital Remaster) - Chanson bohème: Les tringles des sistres tintalent (2000 Digital Remaster)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
7. Carmen (1968 Digital Remaster) - C'est des contrebandiers ... Je dis que rien ne m'épouvante (Act 3)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
8. Carmen (1968 Digital Remaster) - Manon: Allons! Il le faut...Adieu, notre petite table
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
9. Manon - Suis-je gentille ainsi? ... Je marche sur tous les chemins
June Anderson
10. Manon - OBEISSONS QUAND LEUR VOIX APPELLEMANON ACT3
June Anderson
11. Manon - Werther Act III: Werther! Werther!...Ces letters (2003 Digital Remaster)
Victoria de los Angeles
12. Le Cid - De cet affreux combat.....Pleurez mes yeux
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
13. PROLOGUE - Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll's Song)
Choeurs et Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Paris
14. Mignon (1997 - Remaster) - Ah, pour ce soir...Je suis Titania (Polonaise)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française
15. Louise - Depuis le jour (Act III)
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
CD 5
1. Norma (1997 Digital Remaster) - Casta Diva
Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
2. Act 1 - Come per me sereno
Kurt Eichorn
3. Lucia di Lammermoor, '(The) Bride of Lammermoor' - Spargi d'amaro pianto (Mad Scene)
Anna Moffo
4. Il Barbiere di Siviglia (1996 Digital Remaster) - Una voce poco fà (Rosina)
Beverly Sills
5. Manon Lescaut - In quelle trine morbide
Ruth Ann Swenson
6. Manon Lescaut (2005 Digital Remaster) - Sola, perduta, abbandonata
Ghena Dimitrova
7. Act I - Sì. Mi chiamano Mimi (Mimi/Rodolfo)
Gianni Lazzari
8. La Bohème - Quando m'en vo' soletta (Act 2)
Ghena Dimitrova
9. ACT 3 - Donde lieta uscì (Mimì's Farewell)
Montserrat Caballé
10. Tosca (1989 Digital Remaster) - Vissi d'arte
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
11. First Part - Un bel di vedremo (Butterfly)
Renata Scotto
12. First Part - La Rondine Act I: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (2002 Digital Remaster)
Montserrat Caballé
13. Gianni Schicchi - O mio babbino caro
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
14. Turandot - Signore, ascolta!
Ruth Ann Swenson
15. Turandot - In questa Reggia
Ghena Dimitrova
16. Turandot (2002 Digital Remaster) - Tu che di gel sei cincta
Montserrat Caballé
17. La Wally - Ebben?...Ne andrò lontana
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
18. Andrea Chenier - Andrea Chenier: La Mamma Morta
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
19. Cavalleria Rusticana (1987 Digital Remaster) - Voi lo sapete, o mamma (Santuzza/Mamma Lucia)
Astrid Varnay
CD 6
1. Ernani: Surta è la notte...Ernani! Ernani, involami
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
2. PROLOGUE - Allor che i forti corrono
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
3. PROLOGUE - Da te questo or m'è concesso
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
4. I Lombardi - Salve Maria (Act I)
Münchner Rundfunkorchester
5. Rigoletto [Act I] (1988 Digital Remaster) - Gualtier Maldè... Caro nome (Gilda, Borsa, Ceprano, Courtiers, Marullo)
Francesco Molinari Pradelli
6. Act IV Scene One - D'amor sull'ali rosee (Leonora)
Leontyne Price
7. La Traviata - È strano! È strano!...Ah, fors` è lui
Anna Moffo
8. La Traviata - Follie! Follie!...Sempre libera
Anna Moffo
9. La Traviata - Attendo, attendo...Addio del passato (Act III)
Myung-Whun Chung
10. ATTO QUINTO/ACT 5/FÜNFTER ACT/CINQUIEME ACTE - Mercè, dilette amiche (Elena)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
11. Act IV - Pace, pace, mio Dio (Donna Leonora)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano
12. Scene 1 (2007 Digital Remaster) - La luce langue (Lady Macbeth) (2007 Digital Remaster)
Nicola Rescigno
13. Deuxième Tableau - O ma chère compagne (Elisabeth/Choeur/Rodrigue/Philippe)
Karita Mattila
14. Aida (2007 Digital Remaster) - Ritorna vincitor (Atto I)
Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire
15. Aida (2007 Digital Remaster) - Aida: Qui Radamès verrà...O patria mia
Montserrat Caballé
16. Scene 2 - Ave Maria, piena di grazia (Desdemona)
Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala, Milano


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