Classical Love Songs

Classical Love Songs

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Bernstein · Bizet · Donizetti
Lehár · Mozart · Offenbach
Puccini · Saint-Saëns · Verdi
Netrebko · Villazón · Horne
Wunderlich · Terfel · Kaufmann
Quasthoff · Carreras · Garanca
Domingo · Kozená · Pavarotti · Bartoli a.o.
Int. Release 19 Jan. 2009
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CD ADD / DDD 0289 477 8112 7 GH
Here are all your favourite romantic arias, from Mozart to Verdi, Puccini to Bernstein, sung by Universal’s greatest classical singers of the present: Cecilia Bartoli, Plácido Domingo, Elina Garanca , Jonas Kaufmann, Magdalena Kozena , Anna Netrebko, Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazón.

With its attractive fold-out booklet and accompanying texts, Classical Love Songs is, of course, an ideal Valentine’s Day gift.

Track List

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)

Act 3


Plácido Domingo, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Staatsopernchor

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Carmen, WD 31

Act 1

Marilyn Horne, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein, The Manhattan Opera Chorus, John Mauceri

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

Act 1


Rolando Villazón, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Daniele Callegari

Jules Massenet (1842 - 1912)

Act 2

Anna Netrebko, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492

Original version, Vienna 1786

Act 2

Cecilia Bartoli, Wiener Philharmoniker, Claudio Abbado

Johann Paul Martini (1741 - 1816)

Bryn Terfel, London Symphony Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921)
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47, R. 288

Act 2

Elina Garanca, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Marco Armiliato

Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)
L'elisir d'amore

Act 2

Luciano Pavarotti, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Don Giovanni, K. 527

Act 1

Anna Netrebko, Thomas Quasthoff, Staatskapelle Dresden, Sebastian Weigle

Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875)
Carmen, WD 31

Act 2

Jonas Kaufmann, Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Leonard Bernstein (1918 - 1990)
West Side Story

Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Leonard Bernstein

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620

Act 1

Fritz Wunderlich, Berliner Philharmoniker, Karl Böhm

Giacomo Puccini (1858 - 1924)
Madama Butterfly

Act 2

Mirella Freni, Philharmonia Orchestra, Giuseppe Sinopoli

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)
Luisa Miller

Act 2

Rolando Villazón, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, Daniele Callegari

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492

Act 4

Magdalena Kožená, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle

Franz Lehár (1870 - 1948)
Das Land des Lächelns

Arr.: Karl-Heinz Loges

Act 2

Plácido Domingo, London Symphony Orchestra, Karl-Heinz Loges

Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Act 4

Edita Gruberova, Claudia Eder, Orchestre National De France, Seiji Ozawa, Choeurs de Radio France

Total Playing Time 1:14:53

    You say you will, you say you won’t,
    You say you do, and then you don’t;
    The games you play are all the same,

    They all seem cool, they all seem tame:
    O say you will (I say you won’t),
    O say you do (I say you don’t).

    We try to think of things to do,
    We sing our songs, they all seem blue;
    As time goes by, we live a lie

    We can’t conceal but still deny:
    So say you will, or say you won’t,
    Or say you do, or say you don’t.

    Don’t go – sit down and stay a while
    Even if there’s little to say;
    I live by the grace of your smile
    And can try to get by this way.

    A world of meaning in your eyes,
    A universe beyond your glance;
    How am I to tell where truth lies,
    When the gods look at me askance?

    If I could fold you in my arms,
    Clasp you tight, kiss you deep and long,
    Banish all cares, dispel all charms –
    I’d sell my soul for that sweet song.

    Outside, the trees stand bare and black
    Against a sky of frozen grey;
    The music ends, and all I lack
    Is your love on this winter’s day.

    after Petrarch

    What’s up? Got something on your mind?
    Always harking back to a time
    That won’t return, you poor old sod,
    Still adding coals to the fire where you burn?

    Cutesy glances and sweet nothings –
    You’ve seen and heard them all before;
    They’ve gone forever, you know you’re wasting
    Your precious time if you look for them here.

    So don’t fall in a mood again,
    Don’t go down those weary, devious paths:
    Steady the buffs and pecker up –

    That’s the spirit! Or push off somewhere else
    If you can’t stand the heat – it makes no sense
    To mope or let your maithered mind melt down.

    And of course you may say,
    Did it happen that way?
    And of course you’d be perfectly right –

    There was no one in sight
    To witness my plight
    In the light of that cold winter’s day –

    So what can I say
    To show you the way
    That led me to madness and wrong?

    All I can say
    Is that this was the song
    That turned my night into day.

    Poems originally published in David Butchart, The Woman I Love has the Name of a Bird (Oxford: The Miracle Press, 1975)