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    1. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel
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    2. Baby Mozart
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    3. The Most Famous Opera Arias
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    4. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias
    $17.99
    5. Lorraine Hunt - Handel Arias
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    6. Vivica Genaux -Handel/Hasse: Opera
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    7. Consider, My Soul: Sacred Arias
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    8. Nessun Dorma ~ 20 Great Tenor
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    9. Handel - Water Music · The Music
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    10. Songs by Fauré, Hahn and Head;
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    11. Italian Opera Arias
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    12. Rolando Villazon - Gounod · Massenet
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    13. Puccini Arias
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    14. Violetta: Arias and Duets from
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    15. Arias
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    16. Opera Arias
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    17. Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias / MET,
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    18. Puccini: Great Opera Arias
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    19. Amore II ~ Great Italian Love
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    20. The Legendary Enrico Caruso: 21

    1. Lorraine Hunt Lieberson ~ Handel Arias
    Audio CD (10 August, 2004)
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    Asin: B00022LZW8
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Editorial Review

    If you think you've heard Handel's "Ombra mai fu" (known as his "Largo") so often, and in so many different arrangements, and sung by so many different voices, that you can no longer be moved or surprised by it, think again. This CD of Handel arias, mostly from his Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Glorious singing to treasure for decades
    By any measure, America's Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is at least the equal of Italy's premier diva, mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, although she does not have the same superstar status.It is difficult to recall past mezzos with clearer enunciation of English text, (as favoured in nine excerpts from Theodora), the richness of voice, displayed in full-throated fortissimo and sharply contrasted pianissimo of utmost delicacy, evokes fondest memories of the tragically doomed Kathleen Ferrier.Masterfully chosen to display every facet of Hunt Lieberson's consumate command of Handel's dauntingly difficult music, the disc's repertoire - recitatives and linkig arias from the operas Theodora and Serse, and the cantana La Lucrezia - is stunning.An unsung mezzo who makes the senses tingle!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson (1954-2006), supreme Handelian
    I have never heard a voice purer of tone, more flexible in phrasing, and so gorgeously produced in a homogeneous column of sound such as this artist in Handel's repertoire.It is very tastefully sung (unlike a certain person whose name begins with R and ends with enaaay Fleming) and so dramatically touching that one could not help but feel that this repertoire finally has found its instrument.And how sad it is to know that this instrument has passed away two days ago.Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson died two days ago in her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico of breast cancer.It is such a huge loss to the opera world, as she is an artist who is still experiencing the prime of her career.The voice is just so beautiful, the tone so pure, that I lament that we can no longer hear any great roles from this artist.She will be missed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Stellar Hunt Lieberson
    Simply put, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson is one of the very best classical singers alive. She combines vocal elegance and purity with an emotional delivery that raises her above the crowd of technically proficient singers who just don't possess her depth of musical understanding or emotional commitment. Hunt Lieberson is a true artist who resists easy classfication except to say she is perfect in what she does. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Artists    5. Classical Vocals    6. Italian Baroque Opera    7. Opera    8. Oratorio   


    2. Baby Mozart
    by Buena Vista
    Audio CD (07 May, 2002)
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    Asin: B000065VCG
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Of all the reasons you'll click the Add to Shopping Cart button next to Baby Einstein's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great music for baby AND mom
    I bought this CD with a gift card, because I wanted some soothing music for my daughter's naptime.In looking at the titles of the pieces, I didn't recognize very many, but in listening to the CD I found that I recognize much of the music.I was pleased at how calming it was and found myself humming various pieces throughout the day.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Baby Mozart - Music CD
    I love all of the Baby Einstein DVD's, so the music CD has been just as good as the DVD's.I play it all the time when my son is in the car and it seems to calm him and keep his attention.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My son's favorite CD!
    I received this wonderful CD as a shower gift and began playing it for my son while I was still pregnant, placing the earphones around my abdomen. We would listen to it twice a day, along with some other CDs, up until the day he was born. After he was born, I didn't play the CD for two weeks, but when I finally did, after the first few notes, he immediately stopped what he was doing and with wide eyes turned his head toward the sound. He was completely quiet and focused for much of the CD! I would not recommend it for "sleepy time" if your child is easily startled awake as the intro is a bit robust (as are a few of the other pieces). As often as we have listened to this CD, I never grow tired of it, and, it seems, neither does he! ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Children's    2. Childrens    3. Pop    4. V/a Compilations   


    3. The Most Famous Opera Arias
    by EMI Classics
    Audio CD (19 July, 1994)
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    Asin: B000002SCE
    Sales Rank: 2727
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Okay But.... - a review of "The Most Famous Opera Arias"
    My daughter (6 y.o.) and I like opera; but sitting for two hours to watch Turandot is just not within the realm of possibilities for my 4 year old son right now... so I was looking for an opera CD for the car.He will sit and listen to short arias.
    5-0 out of 5 stars How about this...
    ...a wonderful and affordably priced music masterpiece for the novice to sample opera. I am new to the opera having seen my first at the Arena di Verona (Aida). It took the one to get me to want to sample more and this collection is certainly worthy of praise.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
    To be fair, I usually do not like opera--hurts my ears.
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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Collections-Composer Desc.    3. Classical Music    4. French Romantic Opera    5. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    6. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    7. Italian Romantic Opera    8. Opera    9. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    10. V/a Compilations   


    4. Andrea Bocelli - Sacred Arias / Myung-Whun Chung
    by Philips
    Audio CD (09 November, 1999)
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    Asin: B00002ND9N
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    When he was growing up, Andrea Bocelli recalls finding inspiration in a favorite recording of sacred music performed by tenor legend Franco Corelli. Bocelli--who in the meantime has come to inspire millions of fiercely loyal fans himself--returns to the genre as the guiding theme of Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Andrea Bocelli-Sacred Arias
    Excellent listening.Voice quality and tone is superb.Brings tears to my eyes when I envision listening to this in a church setting.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An "experience" of sacred arias more than "listening" of sacred arias
    I bought this CD's special edition with DVD, and I am impressed by bocelli's singing in this album. I have heard many voices singing sacred songs, and christmas songs, but very few singers can achieve the "sacred atmosphere" that bocelli devotes when he sings. He may not have a "strong" voice as opera singers, but I think singing these sacred songs, devoting the "sacred atmosphere" to the audience is much more important, the voice actually is just a tool that helps a singer to achieve the result. For real, I have heard some CD by some chorus that perform sacred arias, but they did not move me as much as this CD does, mostly not even close. Personally I like "O come all ye faithful", "silent night", all "ave maria"'s, "domine deus", "cujus animam" the most. When I listen Bocelli's singing I focus on what he tries to devote in singing more than his voice color, because in terms of voice color he surely cant be compared with pavarotti or domingo, so why compares? The way of listening him and listening real opera singers is different man. But the reason I gave only this CD four stars is that I have heard several sacred arias from this album performed by his voice teacher, the legendary tenor Franco Corelli. I tried not to compare both...but I cant, not because Bocelli sings bad, he is already excellent, just Corelli is TOO excellent that cant be described by human language (well I think even Pavarotti is not even close to Franco Corelli, but this is just my opinion). Anyway if you want to "experience" the true beauty of sacred arias, this CD is highly recommended. And this is also a very good sacred aria album for beginning listeners who want to broaden their musical taste to sacred arias.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing talent
    worth the price the songs are breathtaking and talent is indescribable ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Christmas    3. Christmas Music    4. Classical    5. Classical Artists    6. Classical Crossover    7. Classical Music    8. Classical Vocals    9. Holiday    10. Italian Baroque Opera    11. Italian Romantic Opera    12. Italy    13. Mass    14. Miscellaneous    15. Miscellaneous Music    16. Motet    17. Opera    18. Oratorio    19. Requiem/Requiem Section    20. Romantic Music for Voice and Keyboard   


    5. Lorraine Hunt - Handel Arias
    by Harmonia Mundi
    Audio CD (17 May, 1994)
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    Asin: B0000007EU
    Sales Rank: 2435
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars An Ode to Beauty and Artistry (Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, 1954-2006)
    I've been meaning to review this album for the longest time, but haven't because of my committments at work and other things.Lieberson's voice, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful instruments of our generation.It is, unlike a certain Renaaay who tries to sing anything and everything as a huge, incoherent slur, a very beautifully and artistically sung Handel recital.The tone is simply magnificent!And no other Handelian artist has connected her singing of the role with a dramatic sense that is so acute as her performances of the role.
    5-0 out of 5 stars subtle beauty
    I have had this CD for several years now, and also all of the CDs from which these arias are drawn.What a great album; I would not be without it.Ms. Hunt (now Hunt Lieberson) has the voice, phrasing, discipline...the inner understanding of this music.She's "connected" on almost every piece here. 'Angels Bright and Fair' is a particular standout in my view; but almost certainly, if you are a lover of Handel's music, you will find something special here. Her soprano to mezzo soprano on this CD was a subtle and extraordinary voice for performing these pieces.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Handel at his best
    Of all the wonderful (and not so wonderfil) Handel CDs Iown, this is the one I return to over and over. The combination of musicianship, beauty of voice, and complete dramatic conviction makes this collection of (generally) very obscure arias a pleasure that intensifies with repeated hearing. Among the highlights: "Vieni o figlio" (from Ottone) which becomes, with Hunt's interpretation, one of the truly great arias of loss, a precursor of the great Romantic standards; "Angels, Ever Bright and Fair" (from Theodora), with unbelievable diction and sweetness, making Engish sound as beautiful as Itaian; and "Qual nave" (from Radamisto), again a miracle of delicate phrasing and conveyed deep feeling. But Hunt finds real meaning in all the songs -- she's never just vocalizing. Best of all is the way she manages to intensify meaning in the da capo section without excessive decoration. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Music    5. Italian Baroque Opera    6. Opera    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Opera/Operetta Collections    9. Oratorio    10. Vocal   


    6. Vivica Genaux -Handel/Hasse: Opera Arias
    by Virgin Classics
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000CEBOTU
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    The rich-voiced Alaskan mezzo Viovica Genaux's new CD is as dazzling as her Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great sequel to Arias for Farinelli
    Although this recording is with a different label than Ms Genaux's spectacular Arias for Farinelli, this set of arias by Handel & Hasse can be seen as a second volume on the same theme. The theme is early 18th century opera arias, written for the castrato voice. Today these parts are sung by countertenors and mezzo-sopranos, and the mezzo Vivica Genaux is surely one of the great singers of this repertoire today.
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    Subjects:  1. Cantata    2. Choral    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Italian Baroque Opera    6. Opera    7. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Music   


    7. Consider, My Soul: Sacred Arias
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (12 September, 2006)
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    Asin: B000H4VVCA
    Sales Rank: 9753
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    Subjects:  1. Choral    2. Classical    3. Classical Composers    4. Classical Vocals    5. Oratorio    6. Passion    7. Vocal    8. Vocal Music   


    8. Nessun Dorma ~ 20 Great Tenor Arias / Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Bergonzi, Aragall, Björling, Di Stefano, Kollo, Corelli, Del Monaco...
    by Decca
    Audio CD (09 June, 1998)
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    Asin: B000007OTX
    Sales Rank: 19069
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Plesantly surprised...
    I don't remember how I found this CD the other day surfing through the "Amazon" such as it is, but I did. I listened to a few clips provided & on the strength of that, I purchased this CD.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Agree About Corelli
    Franco Corelli's "Nessun Dorma" is still the best of them all - clear, passionate, and exciting. (And those final two notes...! Gives me chills just to think of it.) I was fortunate enough to see him live in both "Turandot" and "Romeo and Juliet" a year before his retirement, and he was still a Calaf and a Romeo to die for... as, of course, Liu and Juliet did!As it is, I tend to buy compilations depending on how much Corelli they include - though Bjorling is a strong second, and I have happy memories of Domingo. Long live the Golden Age of Operatic Tenors!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not enough Corelli!! Terrie Lackawanna, NY

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    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Collections-Artist Desc.    3. Classical Music    4. French Romantic Opera    5. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    6. Italian Romantic Opera    7. Opera    8. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio   


    9. Handel - Water Music · The Music for the Royal Fireworks · The Alchymist / AAM, Hogwood
    by Decca
    Audio CD (14 October, 1997)
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    Asin: B0000042HN
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is a fine Handel compilation that provides a nice overview of hisorchestral music with brass instruments, as well as his only incidental score(music written to accompany the action of a play). Christopher Hogwood uses thearrangement that Handel made of the Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Noble Performance
    I have listened to numerous renditions by different performing artists, for several years, of both Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. The first time I listened to this CD played by the Academy of Ancient Music I felt I was listening to a high class performance. There is something about the clear sound of the instruments and the tempo and dedication to detail that this group of artists put into its performance that it really inspires me into the wonderful world of the baroque classical music and somehow it transports me to the time when Handel himself was composing and directing these beautiful masterpieces. And the bonus is also the beautifully played Duo A Cori concertos. I recommend it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Towards the higher end of the pack
    Reading the liner notes, I am reminded that the occasion for which the water music originally was composed was royal river outing that started in the evening and lasted until 4:00 AM (Take THAT you modern clubhoppers!). The music was played three times through the course of this trip. I doubt there were many teetotallers. Soo...royal oarsmen, wine goblets overflowing with the best claret, tipsy nobleman and...hey! don't hit that river barge! Watch where you're goin' mate!3-0 out of 5 stars Recommendable.
    I have recently returned to these two CDs (which I bought and listened to for a while some three years ago) and found that they were not quite as bad as I remembered. The tempi are very well sprung, the spirits are high and the "Water Music" in particular is played with some delicacy and finesse (which I hardly take for granted from Hogwood's early recordings). The roughness of the result is mainly due the scratchy tone of the strings and inaccurate tuning of the horns.Read more

    Subjects:  1. Baroque Suite/Partita for Orchestra    2. Chamber    3. Classical    4. Classical Composers    5. Classical Music    6. Concerto    7. Concerto Grosso    8. Orchestral    9. Woodwind Chamber Music   


    10. Songs by Fauré, Hahn and Head; Arias by Rossini and Handel
    by Wigmore Hall Live
    Audio CD (22 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000FMR4RK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This recital, taped live in London, consists of songs about Venice by Rossini dating from the 1850s, by the British composer Michael Head which were debuted in England in 1977, by Fauré from the early 1890s, and by the Venezuelan Reynaldo Hahn when he was in Venice in 1901. The Rossini selections are light pieces that charm, the Head cycle is easy-going and simple, the Fauré songs contain ruminations on love, and those by Hahn, in Venetian dialect, are very tactile, depicting nights under starry skies, flirtations, and happy times. Encores are one of Sesto's arias from Handel's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars She is the next big mezzo superstar!
    A friend of mine in the U.K. sent me a copy of this CD and I was blown away. Joyce DiDonato sings with terrific style and interpretation. I believe that this CD will be the one that puts her over the top! Her voice reminds me a little of von Stade's at that point in her career and her repertoire choices were brilliant. This is a record I sincerely recommend to anyone interested in good singing and beautiful music. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Chamber Music & Recitals    2. Classical    3. Classical Artists    4. Italian Baroque Opera    5. Italian Romantic Opera    6. Opera    7. Song Cycle for Solo Voice and Piano    8. Vocal    9. Vocal Music   


    11. Italian Opera Arias
    by Virgin Classics
    Audio CD (10 February, 2004)
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    Asin: B00018TIOA
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This is a glorious debut recital by a tenor, from whom, if he sings the right roles and keeps way from jet-setting and too much singing, might just be the lyrico-spinto tenor we've been waiting for. He has the class of Carlo Bergonzi and a ringing tone which is somewhere between Domingo's big, dark sound and Pavarotti's brightness; he sings with a true mezza voce (not a falsetto); he always obeys the composer's markings and delineates character. He seems incapable of vulgarity, refusing to gulp or sob when a musically expressive gesture will do. The opening aria here--from Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The one.
    He's the real deal. Domingo-like burnished voice, great actor.Not just hype, he's genuinely worthy of all the praise.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A New Star voice
    Rollando Villazon can't fail to impress a listener.He is an enourmous breath of fresh air for people waiting for a new generation of Opera superstars to emerge.Those somewhat dissapointed by the somewhat ncomfortable edge to Salvator Licitra's voice, may take refuge in the freshness of Villazon.
    4-0 out of 5 stars Quite Good
    A very promising debut album with some excellent burnished tenor sound.To the reviewer who went on and on about Mr. Villazon only being in his 20's -- I hate to burst your bubble, but he was born in 1972, which makes him 33!And, by the way, the age of the singer is not a "huge" advantage; let us remember that some of our greatest singers didn't come into their element until their 40's (e.g., Flagstad, Milanov...) ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. Italian Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio   


    12. Rolando Villazon - Gounod · Massenet Arias
    by Virgin Classics
    Audio CD (25 January, 2005)
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    Asin: B0006IQM5I
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Rolando Villazon's follow-up CD to his sensational debut recitalof Italian arias is devoted to music by Gounod and Massenet: some as familiar as Faust's, Romeo's and Des Grieux's arias, some as rare as pieces from Gounod's Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Villazon finds his niche...go French
    Rather than beefing up his voice for the big (money-paying) Italian roles that are one size too large for him, Rolando Villazon naturally excels in these roles from Gounod and Massenet. The narrow French vowels add a needed edge and vibrancy to his voice, the placement of the music in the head tones brings out Villazon's best timbre, and he seems temperamentally suited to refined heros. In fact, it's remarkable to hear the transformaiton here when comparing him in the recent DG La Traviata, where his Alfredo was convincing but hard work. French opera is rhtorical and poetic rather than visceral and passionate. I think Villazon fits that mold, as nearly eery aria here domonstrates.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Bad diction, engineering gimmicks besot otherwise noble effort
    A tenor very quickly on the rise, this is Villazon's second recital disc, one devoted to arias by Gounod and Massenet, all in sets of three, three for Massenet, and two for Gounod.While still showing great promise, some concerns that were mildly serious with the first disc are even more so, in the French repertoire, in part because diction comes up so short here.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Bean sings?
    A friend lent me Villazon's debut album as an introduction to the man. I loved it - but this is the one I have bought. If, like me, you have tired of the comparisons between Villazon and others (esp Domingo) fear not, this artist is an original. I must confess that on seeing the cover I wondered if Brit comedian Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean / Black Adder - now there's a new comarison!) had strayed into the wrong studio, but a few tracks into either disc and you'll know you're listening to the real thing.True, he has baritonish notes in the lower register, and an easy reach for the upper notes but I honestly have not heard anyone quite like him before. His is a warm voice with an early maturity that should ensure he has a long career ahead of him. His diction is excellent, without the staccato enunciation or lack of French interpretation abilities that mar lesser singers' performances. Such vocal ease makes the sung word seem as natural as the spoken word is to us lesser mortals. That his song selection moves away from the 'usual suspects' of the tenor repertoire is to his great advantage; he knows what suits him and he brings each piece to new life. The overly familiar tracks of which there are thankfully few serve only to highlight through comparison to those we know Villazon's unique timbre and interpretation. This collection includes inspired music choices, incomparable renditions, marvellous orchestration and leaves the listener keenly anticipating his next release. The recording and production are impeccable (worth ***** in their category). It does not get much better than that. Atkinson may make you laugh (or not) - Villazon will make you smile and keep you feeling that way. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. French Romantic Opera    4. Opera    5. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio   


    13. Puccini Arias
    Audio CD (01 August, 2006)
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    Asin: B000F6YW62
    Sales Rank: 14930
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars FARRELL SINGS PUCCINI
    To start off, I love Eileen Farrell.The voice was one in a million.Her versatility was astouding.From Bach Cantatas to Wagner's dramatic scenes, from the great symphonies and oratorios to the American songbooks of Gershwin, Arlen and Kern, this lady had it all.There's no dispute about that.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Legacy Recording of USA's greatest dramatic soprano, bar none
    Wow, it is ever good - no, great - to have Eileen Farrell back with us.Even if only via these reissued, remastered discs.One can only hope that the DSD remasterings which have been trickling out from giant Sony/BMG will soon get published in SACD versions.
    5-0 out of 5 stars The wait is finally over
    My God, what a voice. I haven't heard these recordings for many years, and now I remember why I was so excited way back then. To begin with the voice is flat out gorgeous. I heard Ms. Farrell in person singing an all Wagner program, so I can also attest to how big her voice was - no effort, no shouting, just amazing singing. The Puccini selections are beautiful, but the others are the real prize of this recording in my opinion. Her command of this very demanding classical style is superb. I can only hope her Medea recording is waiting in the wings for re-release. ... Read more

    Subjects:  1. Classical    2. Classical Artists    3. German/Austrian Classical Period Opera    4. German/Austrian Romantic Opera    5. Italian 20th/21st Century Opera    6. Italian Romantic Opera    7. Opera    8. Opera / Operetta / Oratorio    9. Solo Voice(s) and Orchestra    10. Vocal   


    14. Violetta: Arias and Duets from Verdi's La Traviata [Includes DVD]
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (14 February, 2006)
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    Asin: B000E0OF9S
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    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Netrebko wins hearts
    Anna Netrebko has a rare voice - direct, unaffected, pure enough to stand without need for frills. This CD is a recording of her live opening night performance, it's truly a thrill and her tenor co-star matches her passionate delivery. Sound quality is good, for a live recordingexcellent. If you're not yet a Netrebko fan this will convert you.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Heavenly
    Netrebko had the voice of an angle, sang like an angle and die as Violetta like a healthy soprano!Her voice had purity and power few can match, despite some lack of expressiveness in her lower register.As violetta she conveyed effectively strong passion.I hope to see as well as hear her in a DVD of the Saltzburg performance.If the Bonus DVD was an indication, this production should be unconventional and exciting.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Exciting new Traviata
    In spite of many flaws, which are to be expected in a live recording, this is very exicitng new Traviata! I don't care about comparing this one to old recordings, if you want to hear Verdi sung by today's young, gifted and very engaging singers, this is the album to get. Callas, Moffo and Cotrubas were great, but what's the point of these endless comparisons. This Traviata can stand on its own. The tempi are on the slow side,but there's a feeling of great intensity, especially on this highlight disc, I like the way they put it together. I liked the complete opera recording too, but if you want to hear selection of great arias, this album works very well. Libiamo, Fors'e Lui and all the lyrical pasages are just great. Villazon is marvelous, so passionate. Anna Netrebko has such a beautiful voice and she puts so much drama into her singing, you don't have to see her to understand all the different emotions that Violetta is going through. Of course, these two singers look the part, that's just great, it's time we have such a good looking and talented pair to grace the opera stages. Hampson does not sound his best, but I liked him in Germont's role.
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    15. Arias
    Audio CD (30 September, 1997)
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    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Vox Quasthoff, vox Dei
    This cd is excellent. I had never liked opera. I'm not really into classical music, but Thomas Quasthoff's voice transcends all genres of music and touches the soul. It is the most amazing voice, I don't have the words to describe. You have to hear it for yourself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A true revelation!
    It is a triumph of spirit, talent, and a testimony that art truly has magical powers.To opera fans impressed so far only by Thomas Quasthoff's gorgeous voice, I want to recommend an article by Elizabeth Gleick in Timemagazine published June 30 1997.This article was the first in the US, Ibelieve, to alert the public that a singer of phenomenal magnitude hasarrived.Without going into the odds that Thomas Quasthoff beat withseeming ease, let's just say that here we have an incredible personalityand, as a result, an incredible artistry.Do not miss this CD -- it willbring you endless wonder and delight.5-0 out of 5 stars Quasthoff...unequivically a master of the voice
    For baritones anywhere, Thomas Quasthoff's Mozart CD is a "must-have" in the collection.His voice rivals those of Fischer-Dieskau, Hampson, Van Dam, and other opera greats.I can't saymuch else than the person from Texas, other than the fact that it is hardto believe that such a wonderful, rich, warm tone comes from the smallframe of this man.As a baritone myself, I can only hope with more yearsof practice and maturity, that I shall be producing this quality of voice. One last note to make...Shame, shame on Amazon for yet again not givingpeople a good sample of his work on this CD, and just having samples of thefirst 5 tracks, instead of a glimpse into the different operas.Either waythough, one can still hear Quasthoff's magnificent overtones and phrases,making this CD a joy to hear and own. ... Read more

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    16. Opera Arias
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (09 September, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, beautiful girl
    When I heard Anna Netrebko singing Quando Men Vo I was stunned by a voice of stunning purity, great power and sheer beauty. The best Musetta I've heard! Her Song to the moon is stunning and I love her Bel Canto! Anna Netrebko has a very bright future ahead of her. Her Mozart is top class!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fresh soprano blood
    Any budding soprano that doesn't choose the usual warhorses, and opens her debut album with an aria from Mozart's Idomeneo, and turns it into a tour de force, sparkling performance, is worth all the hype. And the best is yet to come- the second track, Non mir dir from Don Giovanni is even better. Not technically, far from it: the way she fudges that trill at the end is astounding, but this Anna is so alive, so achingly beautiful, that it remains one of my favourites among the many versions I have heard over the years. Netrebko has performed Donna Anna on stage - to a great acclaim- and that shows here.
    2-0 out of 5 stars Gimme Natalie Dessay instead.
    Okay, so this is the diva-in-training that's supposed to bring glamour back to opera?Yes, she is beautiful.Shame those hands had to scrub floors; hope she makes it on the cover of Vogue someday.However, she is not the Great New Hope for opera.That voice is not suited for bel canto, or Mozart.She sounds like a new Barbara Frittoli to me.Frittoli, with a dash of Fleming. She has that taffy-pull to her voice, like Fleming, without the heavy portamento and sighing and all those other awful Fleming tricks.The basic color of the voice is interesting, rather dark-hued, but the technique is not quite there, despite the studio producers' best attempts to turbo-charge her high notes.
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    17. Bryn Terfel - Opera Arias / MET, Levine
    by Deutsche Grammophon
    Audio CD (09 April, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Look out world
    Maestro Terfel throws down the vocal gauntlet in this tour de force offering of selected opera arias and dares any male singer, future or current, to pick it up. From the elegance and humor of Mozart, to the giddy delights of Rossini, and the vocal power of Verdi, Bryn Terfel diplays clearly why he is the preeeminent bass-baritone of our age. Short of some misguided forays into American Musical Theater, there seems to be nothing that this proetean singer cannot do. James Levine leads the bravura Met Orchestra with equal parts style and substance. A must have for a fan of great singing and artful music making.

    4-0 out of 5 stars What fun!
    This is definitely the best recording of the selections chosen from "le Nozze de Figaro" I have ever heard.Terfel has a wonderful sense of musical humour, and is able to make his voice do seemingly, whatever he likes. In fact I think one could liken his voice to a big red bouncy ball, it's so round and fun to play with, you can tell that he himself has fun using it. However this is the only one of his albums I have really fallen in love with, in spite of listening to quite a few.Some of the same pieces are on his other cds, but not as well-sung as in this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I LOVE YOU, BRYN!
    Terfel is amazing.The voice is warm, wide and sensous, and the acting is top-notch.This recital is the best recording I have heard of him outside full operas, where he is (of course) at his best.Every peice on it is a gem, but especially the first five Mozart arias.You will never hear a better Catologue Aria.I make it a point to listen to his at least once a week.
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    18. Puccini: Great Opera Arias
    Audio CD (29 January, 2002)
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    19. Amore II ~ Great Italian Love Arias
    Audio CD (01 February, 2000)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful!
    Two words describe the music found on this CD:ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!The beauty of the vocals and music combine to allow one to transcend from the daily grind to a world of beauty.Bravo!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Where is Amore I?
    This CD is a selection of arias from Italian operas.Most of the time when you get a compilation like this, you feel lucky if you like 2/3 of the selections.In this case, whoever did the selecting did a great job, there isn't a clinker in the lot.About half of the arias are by Puccini, the rest are by Verdi, Donizetti, and Giordano.Singers include Kiri Te Kanawa, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Tucker, and Andrea Rost.There is enough variety to keep the whole CD interesting, yet the mood is consistent throughout.The sound is generally quite good, and while I am not generally a fan of live recordings, the audience response in the performance by Pavarotti really does add excitement to the presentation.Given the title of this CD, I assumed this was the second in a series, and I liked it so much I went looking for the original.Unfortunately, I can find no other CD on the Sony label titled Amore - too bad. ... Read more

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    20. The Legendary Enrico Caruso: 21 Favorite Arias
    Audio CD (25 October, 1990)
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    There's a plethora of single-disc Caruso collections, but this one's the preferred choice for opera fans who treasure this golden- voiced epitome of Golden Age singing. It's a Greatest Hits collection to beat all Greatest Hits collections. Selections span Caruso's career, from the lyric effusions of 1906-7 to the darker-voiced later recordings, including one of his last records, the 1920 La Juive aria, "Rachel, quand du Seigneur," which he invests with a heartbreaking poignancy that hasn't been bettered. Caruso shines brightest in the Italian repertory, capturing the pathos of Vesti la Giubba, the insouciance of the Duke's Rigoletto arias, and the hero's dilemma in Celeste Aida, among much else. But everything here is wonderful--great music, great singing. Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A childhood memory
    I do not really know Opera. I am writing this review because I remember hearing Caruso's voice coming from a seventy- eight on an old Victor gramophone in my paternal grandparents house. The power and lyric quality of the voice struck me so strongly especially in 'Pagliacci'. The phrase has been with me, and comes back occasionally through all the years.
    5-0 out of 5 stars Great collection.
    This CD is an older RCA release, but still one of the best!A great introduction to Caruso. ... Read more

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