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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Red Seal
  • ASIN: B000009W8T
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,860 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: SinfoniaRoberto Abbado 4:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 1 - Coro D'Introduzione: Aggiorna AppenaRoberto Abbado 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 2 - Scena E Cavatina: O, Di Capellio, Generosi AmiciRoberto Abbado 2:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 2 - Scena E Cavatina: È Serbata A Questa AcciaroRoberto Abbado 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 2 - Scena E Cavatina: L'amo Tanto, E M'è Sì CaraRoberto Abbado 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 3 - Recitativo, Coro E Cavatina: Vanne LorenzoRoberto Abbado 2:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 3 - Recitativo, Coro E Cavatina: Lieto Del Dolce IncarcoRoberto Abbado 2:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 3 - Recitativo, Coro E Cavatina: Ascolta! Se RomeoVesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 6:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 4 - Rezitativo E Romanza: Eccomi In Lieta VestaEva Mei;Roberto Abbado 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 4 - Rezitativo E Romanza: Oh! Quante VolteEva Mei;Roberto Abbado 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 5 - Scena E Duetto: Propizia È L'oraRoberto Abbado 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 5 - Scena E Duetto: Si, FuggireRoberto Abbado 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 5 - Scena E Duetto: Ah! Crudel, D'onor RagioniRoberto Abbado 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 5 - Scena E Duetto: Odi TuRoberto Abbado 1:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 5 - Scena E Duetto: Vieni, Ah! Vieni In Me RiposaRoberto Abbado 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 6 - Coro: Lieta Notte, AvventurosaRoberto Abbado 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Deh! Per Pietà T'arrestaRoberto Abbado 2:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Tace Il FragorRoberto Abbado 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Io Te Lo ChiedoRoberto Abbado0:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Che Miro? Il PerfidoRoberto Abbado 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Soccorso, Sostegno AccordagliRoberto Abbado 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Accoriam... Romeo!Roberto Abbado 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act I: No. 7 - Finale: Se Ogni SpemeRoberto Abbado 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 8 - Introduzione, Scena Ed Aria: IntroduzioneRoberto Abbado 1:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 8 - Introduzione, Scena Ed Aria: Né Alcun Ritorna!Roberto Abbado 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 8 - Introduzione, Scena Ed Aria: Morte Io Non Temo Il SaiRoberto Abbado 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 8 - Introduzione, Scena Ed Aria: Prendi, Gl'istanti VolanoRoberto Abbado 1:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 8 - Introduzione, Scena Ed Aria: Ah! Non Poss'io PartireRoberto Abbado 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 9 - Scena E Duetto: Qual Turbamento Io Provo!Umberto Chiummo;Roberto Abbado 1:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 9 - Scena E Duetto: Deserto È Il LuogoRoberto Abbado 9:08£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 9 - Scena E Duetto: Arresta. Qual Mesto Suon Echeggia?Roberto Abbado 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 10 - Finale: Siam GiuntiRoberto Abbado 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 10 - Finale: Ecco La TombaVesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 10 - Finale: Deh! Tu, Bell'animaVesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 2:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 10 - Finale: O Tu, Mia Sola SpemeRoberto Abbado 6:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Capuleti E I Montecchi - Tragedia Lirica In Two Acts: Act II: No. 10 - Finale: Ei MuoreRoberto Abbado0:59£0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 10 - Coro: Addio, Addio Per SempreRoberto Abbado 4:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 11 - Scena, Aria E Duetto: È Questo Il LocoVesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 8:00£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 11 - Scena, Aria E Duetto: Stagnate, O LagrimeRoberto Abbado 8:36£2.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 12 - Scena, Aria E Finale: Schiusa È La Ferrea PortaRoberto Abbado 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 12 - Scena, Aria E Finale: Prendimi TecoEva Mei;Roberto Abbado 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Giulietta E Romeo: Act II: No. 12 - Scena, Aria E Finale: Tu T'arretri!Roberto Abbado 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Capuleti E I Montecchi: Ascolta! Se Romeo (Vocal Ornamentation By Gioacchino Rossini)Vesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I Capuleti E I Montecchi: Riedi Al Campo (Vocal Ornamentation By Gioacchino Rossini)Vesselina Kasarova;Roberto Abbado 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashley ALLEN on 2 Mar. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bellini only wrote 11 operas and died at an early age tragically.Good quality live performances of Bellini's lesser known operas like Capuleti are rare and it was only internet extracts of Kasarova singing in the Capuleti production in Paris that set me off looking for a complete studio recording of her in this opera.Forget all the scientific "guff" you read in any other review about this recording.If you buy this recording then buy it only for one reason..the magical voice of Kasarova.It will make your spine tingle and will raise your spirits to heights you have never experienced before.Trust me...you will never regret buying this CD set.Kasarova is undoubtedly one of the greatest mezzos of our time.This RCA issue must be set on a pedestal as one of the best recordings of Capuleti I have ever heard.I only wish there was a Kasarova DVD of this Bellini gem to go with it.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
FINALLY ---- A GREAT RECORDING OF BELLINI'S "I CAPULETI" 8 Jan. 2000
By "lesismore26" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Vincenzo Bellini's "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" is far less well known than his "Norma", "I Puritani", or "La Sonnambula", but it deserves to be heard much more frequently. The opera, of course, is Bellini's scoring of the Romeo and Juliet tragedy, but with a "trouser" mezzo soprano for the role of Romeo (the opera, however, has occasionally been done with a tenor Romeo, but, incredibly enough, with considerably less musical effect). If one can get past this (which a few may find a little difficult), they will discover what a lyrically beautiful opera "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" actually is. Bellini, the master of "bel canto melody", wrote for this opera some of the most moving and beautiful vocal music ever conceived for the singing voice. "Capuletti" has been recorded before (Beverly Sills and Janet Baker on EMI in 1976; Edita Gruberova and Agnes Baltsa, also on EMI in 1983), but never has it received a recording on the level of this one. Eva Mei, one of the most accomplished sopranos of recent years, is an exquisite Juliet. Her lyric soprano sound is ideal for the role, bringing out all of the fragility and pathos of the character. Vesselina Kasarova, I believe, is destined to be one of the great operatic artists of the new millenium. She uses her magnificent mezzo soprano like a master cellist, producing sounds that can only inspire superlatives. Each singer not only excells in their respective arias, but they reach mammoth heights in their duets. This is truly great singing ---- and as a bonus, we get to hear the recently up-and-coming tenor Ramon Vargas in the supporting role of Tebaldo. Robert Abbado conducts this beautiful opera as though he were discovering it for the first time ----- it comes off as a fresh and beautiful presentation, infinitely superior to the most immediately recent 1983 EMI recording. As is essential for this particular opera (or for most operas of the bel canto period), he allows his singers to sing ----- and they do some sublime singing. If you want to discover this opera, this is definitely the recording to do it with. If you already own one or both of the previous EMI versions, you need this one too. It's a jewel of a presentation all around.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Bel Canto with Style and Substance! 19 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To me Bellini's operas have the grandeur and magistry of Beethoven's symphonies. They are stately, very beautiful, and carry the listener off into a wonderful world of sound, action and drama. This performance succeeds on so many levels. Next to Norma, this is my favorite Bellini opera. The libretto by Felice Romani, Bellini's favorite collaborator, is a masterpiece in it's way as much as Shakespeare's is in his (they are both based on similar sources of the Romeo and Juliet story). Both the music and the drama of this opera are compelling! Roberto Abbado conducts the orchestra with precision, elan, and transparent clarity. He never intrudes on the singers, but the grandeur of the music both preceeds and continues in the wake of the singers. Eva Mei has an indescribally beautiful voice (soprano). Her arias are a wonder! She can sing in the highest register with amazing control of pitch and dynamics. Vesselina Kasarova (mezzo) portrays Romeo very insightfully and her singing is gorgeous! My worry before I purchased this CD set was that the music might be beautiful in the bel canto style B.C. (Before Callas). This worry proved not to be founded. Kasarova and Mei definitely project drama and emotion into their artful singing, so that they are able to sweep the listener into the heart of this great tragic opera. In fact, their duet "Vieni,ah!in me riposa" has the force, beauty and drive of Callas and Stignani in Norma (1954,1955). And, of course, Roberto Vargas is another reason to own this magnificient recording. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Recording 5 Nov. 2001
By Miss Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Reviewers and listeners please note: the libretto for this opera is NOT based on Shakespeare, whose Romeo and Juliet was not known in that part of of the world until much later... There is therefore no betrayal of the Bard. As for this recording, it is absolutely stunning: I have long admired Kasarova's voice, and was recently lucky enough to hear her sing Romeo live at the Lyric Opera in Chicago (anyone who can SHOULD... It's here in Chicago until 12/2/01). The other performers are also wonderful: I actually prefer Ramon Vargas to the tenor selected for Lyric's production. In short, there is nothing to disappoint here, so purchase and enjoy!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not what I hoped. 21 Aug. 2001
By Michael Newberry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This recording is very good. The sound and the soloists are excellent. Kudos to the mezzo-soprano as Romeo, Vesselina Kasarova. She is solid, expressive, wicked chest voice, and a beautiful tone that rings through to the high notes. Eva Mei, as Julia, is sweet and lively lyric soprano. Ramon Vargas has a warm and manly tenor.
But overall the performance sounds careful. What I miss are two things, the architecture and momentum. For example, in the beautiful duets, the singers don't build phrase upon phrase, creating tension and anticipation, what they do is wind the first phrase down to a halt and then the orchestra and singers have to be wound up again. This goes on throughout the recording. It sounds like the joint uncertainty of the performers and the conductor. Michelangelo has said that movement is equal to emotion. In that context we could also ask where is the intense youthful passion, the jealousy, or the emotional devastation?
And yet, it is a beautiful opera. My recommendation is to buy some of the live recordings from Opera D'Oro--they are very cheap, but they have captured some really great performances. I Capuleti e I Montecchi with Claudio Abbado conducting, Pavarotti, Aragall, and Rinaldi is a good case in point.
As a novelty, there the third CD is devoted to Vaccai's (a composer from the same period as Bellini) second act of Giulietta e Romeo with Mei, Kasarova, and Vargas.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kasarova is a mezzo to die for!! 6 Nov. 2008
By Ashley ALLEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Bellini only wrote 11 operas and died at an early age tragically.Good quality live performances of Bellini's lesser known operas like Capuleti are rare and it was only internet extracts of Kasarova singing in the Capuleti production in Paris that set me off looking for a complete studio recording of her in this opera.Forget all the scientific "guff" you read in the other reviews here about this recording.If you buy this recording then buy it only for one reason..the magical voice of Kasarova.It will make your spine tingle and will raise your spirits to heights you have never experienced before.Trust me...you will never regret buying this CD set.Kasarova is undoubtedly one of the greatest mezzos of our time.This RCA issue must be set on a pedestal as one of the best recordings of Capuleti I have ever heard.I only wish there was a Kasarova DVD of this Bellini gem to go with it.
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