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Leontyne Price - The Complete Album Collection of Songs and Spirituals [Box set]

Leontyne Price Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Dec 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B005D4Y6RQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Twelve discs consisting the following albums: Hermit Songs, A Program of Song, Les Nuits d’été, Leontyne Price Sings Schubert, Leontyne Price Sings Strauss, Leontyne Price Sings Barber, Return to Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Hall Recital Debut, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, My Favourite Hymns, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free and Right As Rain.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opulent singing 4 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I doubt (save for the Barber perhaps) that any of these recordings would be "library shelf" interpretations. Price also has a dubious grasp on the French and German language and sings it rather self-consciously. More recent historically informed performances also reveal Price's rich and husky voice sometimes to be at odds with what one is used to hearing. And yet. And yet. It took only a few minutes of CD 2 for Price's tone to draw me in completely. The voice is without question one of the most beautiful ever to have graced the operatic stage - totally even (when these recordings were made) through her enormous register and able to be thinned down to a whisper on occasion. Also no evidence of the swooping style she developed later on in her career (e.g. the Levine Forza and the Leinsdorf Aida). Do not doubt the value of owning this box set of songs recitals - rush to buy it immediately. Credit also for Sony/RCA in providing the original LP covers for the discs (and the backs too) in a nice sturdy box. But shamefully, especially for a song recital, no translations are provided nor any pdf versions to download. Perhaps RCA/Sony might like to release Price singing the phone book - I'd buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! 13 Mar 2013
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A terrific bargain and a great tribute to one of the greatest singers of all time. Its great to have the Leinsdorf's Strauss disc back i n the catalogue again (included in this set). I love the Poulenc songs. However, there are many other delights to be sampled in this bargain set. Don't hesitate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She's got the whole world in her voice 26 April 2012
By Peter Grant - Published on Amazon.com
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RCA decided to split Leontyne Price's many recital albums into opera and other. This "other" volume includes a wide range of material, including lieder, hymns, spirituals and popular songs. Her voice is so beautiful throughout its wide range and she is able to use it with such precision and feeling. The packaging duplicates the original album covers, which means that you need a magnifying glass to read the backs. The CD labels duplicate the original LPs, including the grooves, so again you have tiny, tiny print and a reproduction of the A-side label. I get the idea, but it's stupid. There is a book with complete track information, but the presentation could be better. However, you're not buying it for the labels and having the chance to hear all these wonderful albums again makes up for the too-clever presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary singing 21 Nov 2012
By D. Lee Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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This 12 album set had all been issued as single CDs previously except for the Schumann lieder album which was only in vinyl in the early 1970s. It is only 42 minutes long, but something which I very much wanted to hear, and, in fact, is worth the price of the set. It sounds fresh and is a great example of her voice in its prime. The interpretation brings meaningful, heartfelt feeling to the Frauenliebe und Leben cycle and the additional songs are beautifully done. They are: Widmung, Mignon, Volksliedchen, Schöne Wiege meiner Leiden, Er ist's, Heiss mich nicht reden, and Lust der Sturmnacht. Garvey is a fine accompanist even if his playing tends to be not very assertive or strong. I only wish they had recorded more lieder to make it closer to 75 minutes. It would have been wonderful to also have an album of Strauss lieder from Price and to hear her voice soar through his songs. To my ears, the least successful album in this set is the one titled "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free" with the Rust College choir. The choir sounds less than professional and Price's singing is not up to her usual standard. Standouts in this set are the Barber album with Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and scenes from Antony and Cleopatra; and the Falla El Amor Brujo album with Fritz Reiner which includes Berlioz' Les nuits D'été. Price and Barber's 1953 performance of his Hermit Songs cycle is given twice, on an album with the Juillard String Quartet, and on the Barber album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leontyne Price Complete Songs and Spirtuals 4 Dec 2012
By funner things - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know how much I can add to prior reviews. Leontyne Price goes without saying. I very much love the spirtuals, but the whole set is beyond wonderful. As a regular person, I recognize fabulous when I hear it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHOUT HALLELUJAH 31 July 2012
By Joseph W. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know who is responsible for this release and the other Boxed Set of Complete Opera Arias & Duets, but I wish to thank them from the bottom of my heart. (I wish I could give them a 10 star rating!) Yes, there are a few obvious omissions (where is the Christmas Album and the Wolff & Strauss Lieder), but look at what is now available and on CD's. I have owned all of these albums at one time or another, but my old vinyl and cassette collection has seen better days and this is a welcomed addition.

I first saw Price live in Porgy & Bess with William Warfield, Cab Calloway and Maya Angelou when it toured Atlanta about '53 or '54(?) I was about 9 yo and I was truly impressed with the production. I already had a deep love of Gershwin's music and this was my first live opera. I saw Price a few years later on an NBC Saturday Opera Theatre in Tosca (yes they showed live opera on National TV back in the Dark Ages). Over the years I have seen her live many times (at the Met - both Leonoras, Minnie & Aida; At San Francisco - Elvira (Ernani), Cho Cho San & Tosca. Even on her bad days she was great. She could play her voice like Isaac Stern plays the violin.

I am very happy to see the 2 Carnegie Hall Recitals are in this collection as is Barber's Hermit Songs. I am glad she carried on the Marian Anderson tradition of including Negro Spirituals in her concerts. Anderson, Price, Norman & Battle have raised the negro spiritual to its rightful place as an integral part of our American Heritage. These 2 Boxed Sets are a must for the fans of Price and a good introduction for the neophyte. At less than $4.00 a CD, it is a real bargain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Complete Collection" is Not Complete 9 Jan 2012
By D. Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
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There is one glaring omission in this beautifully packaged set. In the early 1980's, Price recorded a set of patriotic songs for RCA with the National Philharmonic, Charles Gehrhardt conducting. It is no where to be found in this "complete" collection. I rated the set based on the beauty of the product, providing the original LP covers and notes, with the selections in their original order. But someone at RCA/Sony - or whoever owns these at this point - did not do their homework.
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