The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé (2003)
Agostino Ferrin (bass), Alexis Weissenberg (piano), Alfredo Kraus (tenor), Astrid Varnay (soprano), Elizabeth Bainbridge (mezzo-soprano), Flora Rafanelli (mezzo-soprano), José Carreras (tenor), Julia Hamari (mezzo-soprano), Matteo Manuguerra (baritone)
composed by Arrigo Boito, Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Joaquín Turina, Pietro Mascagni, Vincenzo Bellini, Xavier Montsalvatge
This EMI collection, The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé, could indeed be considered a "very best" of what Caballé has left in terms of a recorded ... Show synopsis This EMI collection, The Very Best of Montserrat Caballé, could indeed be considered a "very best" of what Caballé has left in terms of a recorded legacy. Drawn from Caballé's EMI performances from the period 1970-1980, this collection captures her in the full bloom of her artistic prime. In regard to repertoire, this generous, two-disc set is heavily weighted toward Italian opera, in particular Verdi, Puccini, and Bellini; as a matter of fact, the whole second disc is devoted to the latter two names in toto. This should not be too surprising, as in these years, Caballé's London-based performances were mostly devoted to appearances in Italian opera productions. In order to provide contrast, EMI has wisely chosen to include a small number of songs by Joaquín Turina and Xavier Montsalvatge, where Caballé is sympathetically partnered with pianist Alexis Weissenberg. If you are looking for a "best of" or merely an introduction to the vocal art of Caballé, you can hardly go wrong here. The Spanish songs are...