Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Opera (10 CD box set FLAC)
Naxos 25th Anniversary. Great Opera(10 CD box set FLAC)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 10 CD box set
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Naxos
Size: 3.04 GB
Recovery: +3%
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CD 01 Mozart: Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Don Giovanni (Highlights) • Dramma giocoso in 2 Acts
Libretto: Lorenzo Da Ponte

Don Giovanni – Bo Skovhu, baritone
Il Commendatore – Janusz Monarcha, bass
Donna Anna – Adrianne Pieczonka, soprano
Don Ottavio – Torsten Kerl, tenor
Donna Elvira – Regina Schörg, soprano
Leporello – Renato Girolami, bass
Masetto – Boaz Daniel, bass
Zerlina – Ildikó Raimondi, soprano

Hungarian Radio Chorus
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Conductor Michael Halász

01. Overture
02. Act I Scene 1: Introduzione: Notte e giorno faticar (Leporello, Donna Anna, Don Giovanni, Il Commendatore)
03. Act I Scene 3: Duetto: Fuggi, crudele, fuggi! (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio)
04. Act I Scene 5: Aria: Ah chi mi dice mai (Donna Elvira, Don Giovanni, Leporello)
05. Act I Scene 5: Aria: Madamina, il catalogo e questo (Leporello)
06. Act I Scene 7: Coro: Giovinette che fate all’amore (Zerlina, Masetto, Chorus)
07. Act I Scene 8: Aria: Ho capito, signor si (Masetto)
08. Act I Scene 9: Duettino: La ci darem la mano (Zerlina, Don Giovanni)
09. Act I Scene 10: Aria: Ah fuggi il traditor (Donna Elvira)
10. Act I Scene 12: Quartetto: Non ti fidar, o misera (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Don Ottavio, Don Giovanni)
11. Act I Scene 13: Recitativo accompagnato ed Aria: Don Ottavio, son morta! – Aria: Or sai chi l’onore (Donna Anna, Don Ottavio)
12. Act I Scene 13 Appendix: Aria: Dalla sua pace (Don Ottavio)
13. Act I Scene 15: Aria: Fin ch’han dal vino (Don Giovanni)
14. Act I Scene 16: Aria: Batti, batti, o bel Masetto (Zerlina)
15. Act II Scene 3: Canzonetta: Deh, vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni)
16. Act II Scene 6: Aria: Vedrai, carino (Zerlina)
17. Act II Scene 10: Aria: Il mio tesoro intanto (Don Ottavio)
18. Act II Scene 10 Appendix 2: Recitativo accompagnato ed Aria: In quali eccessi (Donna Elvira)
19. Act II Scene 15: Don Giovanni, a cenar teco (Il Commendatore, Don Giovanni, Leporello, Chorus)
20. Act II Scene 16: Questo e il fin (Donna Anna, Donna Elvira, Zerlina, Don Ottavio, Masetto, Leporello)

CD02 Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Die Zauberflöte (Highlights)
Opera in 2 Acts
Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder

Tamino – Herbert Lippert, tenor
Papageno – Georg Tichy, baritone
Sarastro – Kurt Rydl, bass
Pamina – Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, soprano
Papagena – Lotte Leitner, soprano
The Queen of the Night – Hellen Kwon, soprano
Monostatos – Wilfried Gahmlich, tenor

Hungarian Festival Chorus
Failoni Orchestra, Budapest
Conductor Michael Halász

01. Act I: Overture
02. Act I: Zu hilfe! Zu hilfe! (Tamino, the Three Ladies)
03. Act I: Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja (Papageno)
04. Act I: Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon (Tamino)
05. Act I: O zitt’re nicht, mein lieber Sohn! (Queen of the Night)
06. Act I: Hm! Hm! Hm! Hm! (Papageno, Tamino, the Three Ladies)
07. Act I: Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen (Pamina, Papageno)
08. Act I: Wie stark ist nicht dein Zauberton! (Tamino)
09. Act I: Schnelle Fusse, rascher Mut (Pamina, Papageno, Monostatos, Slaves)
10. Act II: March of the Priests
11. Act II: O Isis und Osiris (Sarastro, Chorus)
12. Act II: Alles fuhlt der liebe Freuden (Monostatos)
13. Act II: Der Holle Rache kocht in meinen Herzen (Queen of the Night)
14. Act II: In diesen heil’gen Hallen (Sarastro)
15. Act II: Ach, ich fuhl’s (Pamina)
16. Act II: Ein Madchen oder Weibchen (Papageno)
17. Act II: Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Pa – Papageno (Papageno, Papagena)
18. Act II: Nur stille, stille, stille, stille (Monostatos, Queen of the Night, the Three Ladies)
19. Act II: Die Strahlen der Sonne vertreiben die Nacht (Sarastro, Chorus)

CD 03 Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Highlights) • Opera in 2 Acts
Libretto: Cesare Sterbini

Figaro – Roberto Servile, baritone
Rosina – Sonia Ganassi, mezzo-soprano
Conte – Ramón Vargas, tenor
Bartolo – Angelo Romero, bass
Don Basilio – Franco de Grandis, bass
Berta – Ingrid Kertesi, soprano

Hungarian Radio Chorus
Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Budapest
Conductor Will Humburg

01. Overture
02. Act I Cavatina: Ecco, ridente in cielo (Conte)
03. Act I Cavatina: Largo al factotum della citta (Figaro)
04. Act I Duetto: All’idea di quel metallo (Figaro, Conte)
05. Act I Cavatina: Una voce poco fa (Rosina)
06. Act I Aria: La calunnia e un venticello (Basilio)
07. Act I Duetto: Dunque io son… tu non m’inganni (Rosina, Figaro)
08. Act I Aria A un dottor della mia sorte (Bartolo)
09. Act I Finale: Fredda ed immobile
10. Act II Duetto: Pace e gioia sia con voi (Conte, Bartolo)
11. Act II Aria: Contro un cor che accende amore (Rosina, Conte)
12. Act II Sequito del Quintetto: Buona sera, mio signore
13. Act II Aria: Il vecchiotto cerca moglie (Berta)
14. Act II Terzetto: Ah! qual colpo inaspettato! (Rosina, Figaro, Conte)
15. Act II Finaletto: Di si felice innesto serbiam memoria eterna

CD 04 Verdi: La Traviata
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
La Traviata (Highlights)
Opera in 3 Acts
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave

Violetta Valéry – Monika Krause, soprano
Flora Bervoix – Rannveig Braga, mezzo-soprano
Annina – Ivica Neshybová, soprano
Alfredo Germont – Yordy Ramiro, tenor
Giorgio Germont, his father – Georg Tichy, baritone
Dottore Grenvil – Jozef Špaček, baritone

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari

01. Act I: Prelude
02. Act I: Brindisi: Libiamo ne’lieti calici, “Drinking Song” (Alfredo, Chorus, Violetta)
03. Act I: Un di, felice, eterea (Alfredo, Violetta)
04. Act I: E’ strano! e strano! (Violetta)
05. Act I: Follie! … Sempre libera degg’io (Violetta)
06. Act II Scene 1: Lunge da lei per me (Alfredo)
07. Act II Scene 1: O mio rimorso! (Alfredo)
08. Act II Scene 1: Pura si come un angelo – Dite alla giovine (Germont, Violetta)
09. Act II Scene 1: Dammi tu forza, o cielo! (Violetta, Annina, Alfredo)
10. Act II Scene 1: Di Provenza il mar, il suol (Germont)
11. Act II Scene 2: Noi siamo zingarelle (Chorus, Flora, Marchese)
12. Act III: Prelude
13. Act III: Teneste la promessa (Violetta)
14. Act III: Signora! … Che t’accade – Parigi, o cara (Annina, Violetta, Alfredo)
15. Act III: Ah, Violetta! … Voi, Signor! – E strano! … Che! (Germont, Violetta, Alfredo, Dottore, Annina, chorus)

CD 05 Verdi: Aida
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Aida (Highlights) • Opera in 4 Acts
Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida – Maria Dragoni, soprano
Radamès – Kristjan Johannson, tenor
Amneris – Barbara Dever, mezzo-soprano
Amonasro – Mark Rucker, baritone
Ramfis – Francesco Ellero D’Artegna, bass
The King of Egypt – Riccardo Ferrari, bass

RTÉ Philharmonic Choir
RTÉ Chamber Choir
National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
Conductor Rico Saccani

01. Prelude
02. Act I: Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida
03. Act I: Ritorna vincitor! … I sacri nomi di padre, d’amante
04. Act I: Dance of the Priestesses
05. Act II: Dance of the Moorish Slaves
06. Act II: Sul del Nilo al sacro lido … Numi, pieta del mio martir
07. Act II: Gloria all’ Egitto
08. Act II. Grand March
09. Act II: Ballet Music
10. Act II: Vieni, o guerrero vindice
11. Act III: Qui Radames verra! … O patria mia
12. Act III: Ciel mio padre! … Su dunque!
13. Act IV: L’Aborrita rivale a me sfuggia … Gia i Sacerdoti
14. Act IV: Die mie discolpe
15. Act IV: Morire! Ah, tu dei vivere
16. Act IV: Chi ti salva, sciagurato
17. Act IV: E la morte un ben supremo
18. Act IV: La fatal pietra … Morir! si pura e bella
19. Act IV: O terra, addio; addio di vale di pianto

CD 06 Bizet: Carmen
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
Carmen (Highlights)
Opera in 4 Acts
Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Carmen – Graciela Alperyn, mezzo-soprano
Don José – Giorgio Lamberti, tenor
Escamillo – Alan Titus, baritone
Micaëla – Doina Palade, soprano
Mercédès – Dalia Schaechter, mezzo-soprano
Frasquita – Ann Liebeck, soprano
Zuniga – Danilo Rigosa, bass

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari

01. Prelude
02. Act I: La cloche a sonnee (Cigarette Factory Girls)
03. Act I: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle, ‘Habanera’ (Carmen)
04. Act I: Seguidilla and Duet: Pres des remparts de Seville (Carmen, Don Jose)
05. Entr’acte
06. Act II: Couplets: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Escamillo, Chorus, Carmen)
07. Act II: La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Don Jose, Carmen)
08. Entr’acte
09. Act III: Sextet and Chorus: Ecoute, ecoute, compagnon (Carmen, Don Jose, le Dancaire, Le Remendado, Frasquita, Mercedes, Smugglers)
10. Act III: Ensemble and Chorus: Quant au douanier, c’est notre affaire! (Carmen, Mercedes, Frasquita, Tous, Toutes Les Femmes, Micaela)
11. Act III: Je dis que rien m’epouvante (Micaela)
12. Act III: Entr’acte
13. Act IV: March and Chorus: Les voici! les voici! (Children, Sellers)

CD 07 Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo: Pagliacci
Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945)
Cavalleria Rusticana (Highlights)
Opera in 1 Act
Libretto: Giovanni Targioni and Guido Menasci

Santuzza – Stefka Evstatieva, soprano
Turiddu – Giacomo Aragall, tenor
Alfio – Eduard Tumagian, baritone
Lola – Anna di Mauro, mezzo-soprano
Mamma Lucia – Alzbeta Michalková, contralto

Slovak Philharmonic Choir
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari

01. Prelude: O Lola ch’ai di latti fior di spino, “Siciliana” (Turiddu)
02. Chorus: Gli aranci olezzano (Villagers)
03. Regina Coeli: Scene and Prayer – Beato voi, compar Alfio (Lucia, Alfio, Santuzza and Villagers)
04. Intermezzo
05. Brindisi: Viva il vino spumeggiante (Turiddu, Lola and Villagers)
06. Mamma, quel vino e generoso (Turiddu, Lucia and Santuzza)
07. Prologue
08. Prologue: Si puo Si puo (Tonio)
09. Act I Scene 1: Via di li! (Canio)
10. Act I Scene 1: Scene and Chorus of the Bells: I zampognari! (Villagers)
11. Act I Scene 2: Ballatella: Hui! Hui!… Stridono lassu (Nedda)
12. Act I Scene 3: Vesti la giubba (Canio)
13. Act II Scene 1: Ohe! Ohe! (Villagers)
14. Act II Scene 2: No! Pagglioccio non son (Canio)
15. Act II Scene 2: Ah! No, per mia madre! (Nedda, Silvio, Beppe, Tonio, Canio and Villagers)

CD 08 Puccini: Tosca
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Tosca (Highlights)
Opera in 3 Acts
Libretto: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa

Tosca – Nelly Miricioiu, soprano
Cavaradossi – Giorgio Lamberti, tenor
Baron Scarpia – Silvano Carroli, baritone
Spoletta – Miroslav Dvorsky, tenor
Sciarrone – Jan Durco, baritone
Gaoler – Stanislav Benačka, bass
Sacristan – Jozef Špaček, baritone

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari

01. Act I: Sante ampolle! – Recondita armonia (Il Sagrestano, Cavaradossi)
02. Act I: Mario! Mario! Mario! (Tosca, Cavaradossi, Angelotti)
03. Act I: Non la sospiri la nostra casetta (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
04. Act I: Ah, quegli occhi! … (Tosca, Cavaradossi)
05. Act I: Tre sbirri, una carrozza (Scarpia, Spoletta, Chorus)
06. Act II: Tosca e un buon falco! (Scarpia, Sciarrone)
07. Act II: Orsu, Tosca, parlate – Nel pozzo … nel giardino … (Scarpia, Tosca, Cavaradossi, Spoletta, Sciarrone)
08. Act II: Floria! … Amore … – Vittoria! Vittoria! (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Scarpia, Sciarrone)
09. Act II: Quanto … Quanto Il prezzo! … – Odi E’ il tamburo (Tosca, Scarpia)
10. Act II: Vissi d’arte, vissi d’amore (Tosca, Scarpia)
11. Act II: Io tenni la promessa … – E qual via scegliete – Tosca, finalmente mia! (Scarpia, Tosca)
12. Act III: Introduction
13. Act III: Io de’sospiri (Un Pastore)
14. Act III: Mario Cavaradossi A voi (Un Carceriere, Cavaradossi)
15. Act III: E lucevan le stelle … (Cavaradossi)
16. Act III: Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca … – Il tuo sangue o il mio amore volea … (Cavaradossi, Tosca)
17. Act III: O dolci mani – Senti … l’ora e vicina – maro sol per te m’era morire (Cavaradossi, Tosca, Un Carceriere)
18. Act III: Come e lunga l’attesa! (Tosca)
19. Act III: Presto, su! Mario! Mario! (Tosca, Male Chorus, Sciarrone, Spoletta)

CD09 Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
Madama Buterfly (Highlights)
Opera in 3 Acts
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Madama Butterfly (Cio-Cio-San) – Miriam Gauci, soprano
Suzuki – Nelly Boschkowa, mezzo-soprano
FB Pinkerton – Yordy Ramiro, tenor
Sharpless – Georg Tichy, baritone
Goro – Jozef Abel, tenor
Mother of Cio-Cio-San – Anna Tomkovicová, mezzo-soprano
Aunt of Cio-Cio-San – Mária Stahelová, soprano
Cousin of Cio-Cio-San – Elena Hanzelová, soprano

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Alexander Rahbari
Place of Recording: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava
Date of Recording: 2-10 May 1991

01. Act I – Dovunque al mondo
02. Act I – Ed e bella la sposa
03. Act I – Amore o grillo
04. Act I – Ecco! Son giunte al sommo del pendio
05. Act I – Bimba, bimba, non piangere
06. Act I – Viene la sers
07. Act I – Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia
08. Act II – Un bel di, vedremo
09. Act II – Vedrai, piccolo amor
10. Act II – Tutto, tutto, sia pien di fior
11. Act II – Humming Chorus
12. Act III – Introduction… Oh eh! Oh eh!
13. Act III – Con onor muore

CD 10 Puccini La Bohème
Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)
La Bohème (Highlights)
Opera in 4 Acts
Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica

Mimì – Luba Orgonasova, soprano
Rodolfo – Jonathan Welch, tenor
Musetta – Carmen Gonzales, soprano
Marcello – Fabio Previati, baritone
Schaunard – Boaz Senator, baritone
Colline – Ivan Urbas, bass
Alcindoro – Jiri Sulzenko, bass
Sergente – Stanislav Benacka, bass

Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Bratislava Children’s Choir
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Will Humburg
Place of Recording: Concert Hall of Slovak Radio, Bratislava
Date of Recording: 23 April – 4 May 1990

01. ACT I: Questo Mar Rosso – mi ammollisce e assidera
02. Oh! sventata, sventata!
03. Che gelida manina
04. Si, mi chiamo Mimi
05. O soave fanciulla
06. ACT II: Viva Parpignol
07. Oh! – Essa! – Musetta!
08. Quando me’n vo’
09. Caro! Fuori il danaro!
10. ACT III: Ohe, la, le guardie! Aprite!
11. Mimi! – Speravo di trovarvi qui
12. Marcello, finalmente!
13. Donde lieta usci
14. Dunque e proprio finita!
15. ACT IV: In un coupe… O Mimi, tu piu non torni
16. Vecchia zimarra, senti
17. Sono andati
18. Che ha detto il medico

The very first operas were performed in Florence in the mid-1590s. Since then, musical styles have blossomed and evolved out of all recognition, yet opera continues to be heavily influenced by the political, social and cultural contexts surrounding its genesis. A collaborative enterprise, an opera brings together the works of composers, librettists, singers and designers alike, generating rich veins of public response and resulting in what is surely the most dramatic of all musical media. In this collection, we have brought together some of the most-loved operas, ranging from the elegance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the raw emotion of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana. The lighthearted japes of Rossini’s Barber of Seville contrast royally with the pomp and spectacle of Verdi’s Aida, whilst the sultry allure of Bizet’s Carmen is the perfect foil to the lachrymose tragedy of Puccini’s La Bohème. This box is sure to entice any listener further into the magical world of opera.

The Great Classics series from Naxos is the perfect introduction to myriad genres of classical music. Comprising both complete and compiled selections from the greatest works in the repertoire, the boxes are bursting with wonderful pieces of music, both recognizable and unfamiliar. The boxes take the listener on a thrilling tour of some of the worlds most dramatic musical media, encompassing music from six centuries and featuring sensational performers. All boxes come with a fascinating booklet with detailed information on the genre itself, chronological placement of each work, and a comprehensive study of the music. A fitting celebration of 25 years of superb music from Naxos, the worlds favourite classical label.

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