Kathleen Battle and Placido Domingo delight the listener from start to finish in this complilation. Most notable are the duets from La Traviata and The Merry Widow. In my experience of soprano/tenor performances, one voice usually is stronger or more powerful than the other, thus disappointing to that listener who is seeking a perfect blending of voices. Ms. Battle and Mr. Domingo achieve that perfect blend on each duet on this CD. Their solo performances are equally outstanding. It is no wonder they are in such demand with audiences in Japan where this CD was recorded live, as well as throughout the world.
With "My Christmas", world-renowned opera star Plácido Domingo releases a personal Christmas album with songs dear to his heart to celebrate the warmth and magic of the season. The album will include a number of well-loved Christmas numbers, and will feature a host of top artists singing and playing with Domingo. Plácido Domingo is a world-renowned, multifaceted artist. Recognized as one of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, his appearances around the world with his colleagues José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti in the now legendary The Three Tenors concerts are one of the great musical success stories of the 1990s. As a singer, his repertoire encompasses more than 140 roles, both as tenor and baritone, with more than 3500 career performances and more than 100 recordings of complete operas, compilations of arias and duets and crossover discs. His work in the recording studio has earned him 12 Grammy Awards, including 3 Latin Grammy Awards.
“Levine's version of Luisa Miller consistently demonstrates his Verdian mastery, and not just in the best-known masterpieces…Not only in Levine's conducting but also in the sets and costumes of Nathanial Merrill's production the attractive rustic element of the piece is effectively brought out.” (Penguin Guide)
Recorded at 4 August 2004 at Arena di Verona Italy. The magic of our Arena has become even more enchanting. A sublime embrace symbolising art and great music has tied it to seven millenary amphitheatres around the Mediterranean: Pula in Croatia, Ephesus in Turkey, Palmyra in Syria, Leptis Magna in Libya, El Djem in Tunisia, Terragona in Spain and Arles in France. This is an unprecedented event that also has the merit of bringing Placido Domingo back to the splendid setting of the Arena di Verona after a ten year hiatus. This great tenor acts as the spokeman - using his matchless voice as an instrument - to bring a message of brotherhood among nations and dialogue among different cultures.
From one of the greatest singers of all time, the legendary Placido Domingo, comes a stunning new album of classic songs and inspiring ballads. His first crossover album for 20 years, this unique collection includes such immortal standards as “The theme from The Godfather”, “Time after Time”, “The Girl from Ipanema”, “That a Wonderful World” “My Heart Will Go On” and “Besame Mucho”.
The CD format for opera on records coincides with (and perhaps encourages) the modern habit in the opera house of running two or more acts together without an interval. Some operas benefit from this, but I don't think Faust is one of them. It strikes a genial bargain. ''I won't waste your time,'' it promises, ''but don't bother to come along if you haven't got a full evening-out to spare.''
Carlos Kleiber's 1977 La Traviata is a rare gestalt among studio opera recordings, and it is one of the conductor's finer achievements. Kleiber knits the score together with unwavering rhythmic and dramatic intensity, never allowing any single moment to eclipse the larger scene or musical structure. The singers are kept on a tight leash – given enough room to shape phrases and cadences, but not to indulge in sheer vocal display. The orchestra is similarly focused on realizing every detail of rhythm, melody, and articulation with vivid intensity. As a result, favorite arias, duets, and ensembles melt into the surrounding scenes in a way that invites curiosity about the drama at large while propelling it relentlessly forward. The general pace may strike some as a bit fast, but it's never boring, and frequently brilliant.