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The Essential Jessye Norman [Includes DVD: Jessye Norman Sings Carmen] ()

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composed by Adolphe Adam, César Franck, Franz Schubert, Georges Bizet, Hector Berlioz, Henry Purcell, Johannes Brahms, John Newton, Leonard Bernstein, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Rodgers, Richard Strauss, Richard Wagner, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The Essential Jessye Norman is a hybrid CD/DVD product aimed squarely at the great soprano's already dedicated fans. The CD is an uneven sampling of Norman's diverse career, only some of which represents her best work; her "When I am Laid in Earth" from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, for instance, is among the greatest performances of that aria ever recorded. The arias from her Carmen with Seiji Ozawa, on the other hand, are an acquired taste. The recording certainly has its fans, but Norman never quite had the earthy abandon ...

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  1. Carmen, opera: Quand je vous aimerai?...L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera)
  2. Carmen, opera: Près des ramparts de Séville (Seguidilla)
  3. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro
  4. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: E Susanna non vien!...Dove sono i bei momenti
  5. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Regina coeli laetare...Inneggiamo, il Signor non è morto (Easter Hymn)
  6. Dido and Aeneas, opera, Z. 626: Thy hand Belinda...When I am laid in earth
  7. Cäcilie ("Wenn du es wüsstest"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/2 (TrV 170/2)
  8. Wiegenlied ("Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1)
  9. Les Nuits d'été, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra), H. 81 (Op. 7): No. 1. Villanelle
  10. Ständchen ("Der Mond steht über dem Berge"), song for voice & piano, Op. 106/1
  11. Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52/6)
  12. Amazing Grace
  13. West Side Story, musical: Somewhere
  14. With a Song in My Heart, song (from "Spring Is Here")
  15. Cantique de Noël, for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  16. Panis angelicus for tenor, organ, harp, cello & bass
  17. Tristan und Isolde, opera, WWV 90: Mild und leise (Isoldes Liebestod)
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The Essential Jessye Norman [Includes DVD: Jessye Norman Sings Carmen]
2005, Philips

UPC: 028947563631

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