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The Artistry of Elly Ameling [Box set, Collector's Edition]

Elly Ameling Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Feb 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Collector's Edition
  • Label: Universal Classics
  • ASIN: B00007KMSJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 458,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - No.8 Aria (Soprano): "Blute nur, du liebes Herz"Karl Münchinger 5:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - No.12 Recitative (Soprano): "Wiewohl mein Herz in Tränen schwimmt"Karl Münchinger 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Part 1 - No.13 Aria (Soprano): "Ich will dir mein Herz schenken"Karl Münchinger 3:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 / Part One - No.9 Aria(Sopran): Ich folge dir gleichfalls"Karl Münchinger 4:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: St. John Passion, BWV 245 - Part Two - No.35 Aria (soprano): " Zerfließe, mein Herz "Karl Münchinger 6:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 - Part Four - For New Year's Day - No.39 Aria (Soprano, Echo-soprano): "Flösst, mein Heiland, flösst dein Namen"Karl Münchinger 6:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars prior - "Matrona inimica"Berlin Chamber Orchestra 4:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars prior - "Matrona inimica" (Alternative version)Berlin Chamber Orchestra 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars prior - "Quem vides prope"Berlin Chamber Orchestra0:43£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars prior - "Quamvis ferro"Berlin Chamber Orchestra 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars altera - "Umbrae carae"Berlin Chamber Orchestra 6:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars altera - "Jam non procul"Berlin Chamber Orchestra 1:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans, R.644 / Pars altera - "Armatae face"Berlin Chamber Orchestra 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Handel: Crudel tiranno Amor, HWV 97English Chamber Orchestra17:09£2.29  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Handel: Messiah / Part 2 - "How beautiful are the feet"Sir Neville Marriner 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 / Pt. 3 - "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"Sir Neville Marriner 5:15£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), H.XI/II / Part 1 (Sung in German) - Und Gott sprach...Nun beut die FlurKarl Münchinger 5:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), H.XI/II / Part 2 (Sung in German) - Und Gott sprach...Auf starkem FitticheKarl Münchinger 7:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Haydn: Orlando paladino / Act 1 - "Ah se dire io vi potessi"Antal Doráti 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Haydn: Das strickende MädchenJörg Demus 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Haydn: Der erste KussJörg Demus 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Haydn: An IrisJörg Demus 2:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Haydn: LiebesliedJörg Demus 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Haydn: Geistliches LiedJörg Demus 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Haydn: Das Leben ist ein TraumJörg Demus 3:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Haydn: AbschiedsliedJörg Demus 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mozart: Ch'io mi scordi di te... Non temer, amato bene, K.505Dalton Baldwin10:43£1.49  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 2 - "Voi che sapete"Edo de Waart 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro, K.492 - Original version, Vienna 1786 - Act 1 - "Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio"Edo de Waart 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Mozart: Misera! dove son!... Ah! non son'io, K.369 - (Metastasio)English Chamber Orchestra 7:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 1. Exsultate, jubilateRaymond Leppard 4:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 2. Fulget amica diesRaymond Leppard0:54£0.39  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 3. Tu virginum coronaRaymond Leppard 8:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165 - 4. AlleluiaEnglish Chamber Orchestra 2:41£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Schubert: Die Sterne, D.939Dalton Baldwin 3:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Schubert: Der Einsame, D.800Dalton Baldwin 3:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Schubert: An Sylvia, D.891 (Op.106/4)Dalton Baldwin 2:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Schubert: Minnelied, D. 429Dalton Baldwin 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Schubert: An die Laute, D. 905 (Op.81/2)Dalton Baldwin 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Schubert: Seligkeit, D. 433Dalton Baldwin 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Schubert: Das Lied im Grünen, D.917Dalton Baldwin 5:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Schubert: Im Freien, D.880Dalton Baldwin 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Schubert: "Kennst du das Land" D.321 (Mignons Gesang)Dalton Baldwin 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Schubert: Heidenröslein, D. 257 (Op.3/3)Dalton Baldwin 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Schubert: Die junge Nonne, D.828Dalton Baldwin 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schubert: Gretchen am Spinnrade, D.118Dalton Baldwin 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Schubert: Ave Maria, "Ellens Gesang III", D839Dalton Baldwin 5:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Schubert: An die Musik, D.547 (Op.88/4)Dalton Baldwin 2:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Schubert: Der Knabe, D.692Dalton Baldwin 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Schubert: Der Musensohn, D.764 (Op.92/1)Rudolf Jansen 2:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Schubert: Die Forelle, D.550 (Op.32)Rudolf Jansen 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Schubert: Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D.774Rudolf Jansen 3:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 1. Seit ich ihn gesehenDalton Baldwin 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 2. Er, der Herrlichste von allenDalton Baldwin 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 3. Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glaubenDalton Baldwin 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 4. Du Ring an meinem FingerDalton Baldwin 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 5. Helft mir, ihr SchwesternDalton Baldwin 1:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 6. Süsser Freund, du blickest mich verwundert anDalton Baldwin 4:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 7. An meinem Herzen, an meiner BrustDalton Baldwin 1:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben Op.42 - 8. Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getanDalton Baldwin 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 4:

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Listen  1. Brahms: Heimweh, Op.63, No.8Dalton Baldwin 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Brahms: Der Jäger, Op.95, No.4Dalton Baldwin 1:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Brahms: Agnes, Op.59, No.5Dalton Baldwin 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Brahms: In den Beeren, Op.84, No.3Dalton Baldwin 1:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Brahms: Der Frühling, Op.6, No.2Dalton Baldwin 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Brahms: Sechs Gesänge op.7 - 5. Die Trauernde (Volkslied)Dalton Baldwin 1:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Brahms: Vergebliches Ständchen, Op.84, No.4Dalton Baldwin 1:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Brahms: Sechs Gesänge op.6 - 1. Spanisches Lied (aus dem Spanischen von Paul Heyse)Dalton Baldwin 2:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brahms: Von waldbekränzter Höhe, Op.57, No.1Dalton Baldwin 2:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Brahms: Wiegenlied, Op.49, No.4Dalton Baldwin 2:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Brahms: Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer, Op.105, No.2Dalton Baldwin 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 16. ElfenliedDalton Baldwin 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 47. Die Geister am MummelseeDalton Baldwin 3:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 45. Nixe BinsefussDalton Baldwin 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 6. Er ist's!Dalton Baldwin 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 20. Auf eine Christblume IDalton Baldwin 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 21. Auf eine Christblume IIDalton Baldwin 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 8. "Begegnung"Dalton Baldwin 1:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 7. Das verlassene MägdleinDalton Baldwin 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 36. "Lebe wohl"Dalton Baldwin 2:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 38. Lied vom WindeDalton Baldwin 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 25. Schlafendes JesuskindDalton Baldwin 3:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 2. Der Knabe und das ImmleinDalton Baldwin 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 3. Ein Stündlein wohl vor TagDalton Baldwin 2:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 24. "In der Frühe"Dalton Baldwin 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 28. GebetDalton Baldwin 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 52. SelbstgeständnisDalton Baldwin 1:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 51. "Bei einer Trauung"Dalton Baldwin 2:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 11. An eine ÄolsharfeDalton Baldwin 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 41. Rat einer AltenDalton Baldwin 2:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Wolf: Mörike-Lieder - 9. Nimmersatte LiebeDalton Baldwin 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 5:

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Listen  1. Fauré: Après un rêveRudolf Jansen 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Debussy: Beau SoirRudolf Jansen 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Debussy: MandolineRudolf Jansen 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hahn: L'amitiéRudolf Jansen 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Hahn: La vie est belleRudolf Jansen 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Satie: La diva de l'empireRudolf Jansen 2:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Gershwin: Embraceable You [Girl Crazy]Louis van Dijk 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Gershwin: The Man I Love [Lady, Be Good]Louis van Dijk 5:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Gershwin: I've got a crush on you [Strike Up the Band]Louis van Dijk 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Gershwin: But not for me [Girl Crazy]Louis van Dijk 4:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Aan de Amsterdamse grachtenLouis van Dijk 3:09£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Porter: I Get A Kick Out Of You (from "Anything Goes")Louis van Dijk 2:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Kern: Very Warm for May - All The Things You AreLouis van Dijk 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Porter: What is this thing called love?Louis van Dijk 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Porter: You do something to me [Fifty million Frenchmen]Louis van Dijk 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Porter: Begin The BeguineLouis van Dijk 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sondheim: Can that Boy Foxtrot!Louis van Dijk 4:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Jobim: The Girl from IpanemaLouis van Dijk 2:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Giraud: Sous le ciel de ParisLouis van Dijk 3:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Porter: Night and Day [The Gay Divorce]Louis van Dijk 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Ellington: CaravanLouis van Dijk 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Ellington: Sophisticated LadyLouis van Dijk 4:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Ellington: SolitudeLouis van Dijk 2:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Ellington: It Don't Mean a ThingLouis van Dijk 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Ellington: In a Sentimental MoodLouis van Dijk 2:22£0.79  Buy MP3 


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 2 Jan 2011
By alfakid
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Love Elly Ameling she has voice of an angel! Five CDs in all, love 1-3 as these are from the Baroque and Classic Era, CDs 4 and 5 are from the Romantic Era which appeal less to me (because of the period). Worth buying for the first three CDs alone! Thanks Elly!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great treasure of 20th-century singing and music-making 26 Jun 2003
By R. W. Holliston - Published on Amazon.com
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For far too long, Elly Ameling (who, according to the enclosed booklet, recently celebrated her 70th birthday) has been under-represented on CD. In fact she still is (Columbia Masterworks, please note!)
There are those who maintain that her voice lacked weight and her singing drama. True, her reach occasionally exceeded her grasp (i.e., Brahms's Von ewiger Liebe). On the other hand, she never actually tackled Tosca or Isolde, and her rendition of Schumann's Frauenliebe und leben is deeply moving without her ever resorting to the sort of trickery or italicizing favored by Dr. Schwarzkopf - and, if the folks at Philips ever get around to re-releasing it, her reading of Ravel's Sheherazade is masterful.
There is simply no way to over-praise this collection. In retrospect, Mme. Ameling seems like one of the greatest and most treasurable artists of the twentieth century: a light and flexible voice of great natural beauty, allied to a natural musicality and sensitivity (Irwin Gage once described her as having a "fantastic literary imagination"), very much in the sorely-missed tradition of Elisabeth Schumann rather than the current one of Barbara Bonney. There is a generous selection of Baroque material, a handful of Mozart arias and Haydn songs (not enough, though), Lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Wolf (sung with refreshing simplicity), just enough French repertoire to leave you in awe but nowhere near satisfied, and quite a bit of cabaret material.
Mme. Ameling's command of languages is remarkable. True, she retains a slightly Dutch inflection, but it is not uncharming and never detracts from her impeccable diction and deeply felt understanding.
A word about her cabaret excursions: whatever you may think of "crossover" albums, she was one of a few to really take the plunge and engage the services of a genuine jazz pianist and bassist rather than hiding behind the over-produced arrangements of, say John Williams. Call it Elly Sings Ella - I'd certainly pay good money to hear her at the Carlyle or the Algonquin....(and, while I'm on that subject, the highest possible praise for each and every one of Mme. Ameling's accompanists).
A musician's singer, a singer's musician, an artist's artist. Thank you, Philips, for this invaluable collection!
And thank you, Elly Ameling, for the gift of your incomparable artistry.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasures From a Treasure 24 Sep 2004
By G P Padillo - Published on Amazon.com
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Treasures from a Treasure.

Ameling, one of the world's most beloved recitalists is captured here in a 5 CD collection offering some of her most beautiful recordings of song. While we are used to her perfection in songs of Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Faure and Hahn, an added joy is her "pop" side, tackling - without a whiff of pretension, Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Ellington, et al.

What an absolute joy it is listening to this amazing artist sing these songs with an almost uncanny natural ease. There is no resorting to a "pop" voice and yet most of these pop standards songs sound as though they could have been written for her. Clean attacks, sometimes a bit of the pop technique of hanging on to a consonant longer than a classical artist normally would shows an appreciation and understanding of the style. Still, there is never once a compromise of her vocal beauty.

I like the way the songs have been arranged for her voice in that she sort of sings them clean, unaffected in the first half and then lets loose and kinda "swings" with it adding embellishments but never really changing her voice (Price, von Stade and other favorite singers of mine seem to have always added a breathy quality to much of their crossover material.)

Ameling doesn't resort to trying to "let her hair down" or get down and dirty, but rather the honest with which she approaches every one of these songs shows how much she enjoys singing them and her style is as refreshing as stumbling onto a cool spring on a sweltering summer's afternoon. A wonderful surprise.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than fully earned praise for an exceptional singer. 15 July 2003
By diny tecker-kropman - Published on Amazon.com
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As I had the privilige of hearing this outstanding Lied-singer during her long career in Holland and being the proud possessor of almost all her recordings, I cannot but fully agree with the professional and joyful review of Mr. Robert Holliston from Victoria, B.C. Canada.
Yes, it is unbelievable that of about the 150 recordings Mrs. Ameling made during her long career (for the greater part of course on the 'oldfashioned' LP's, as well as the innumerable Dutch live-recorded radio-concerts), so few CD's have been released.
Speaking of tradition: it was the page-turner of the Wigmore Hall in London who told Mrs. Ameling after her first recital in this hall, that she reminded him of Elisabeth Schumann. (And he certainly didn't mean her looks only!)
For those who are eager to hear her singing Ravel's Shéhérazade (just one example of stirring imagination combined with her Art of Singing) I can tell you that Philips released a 2-box CD of this work in 1999, combined with Debussy's La Damoiselle élue and a compilation of French mélodies, i.e. Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Satie. One of the gems is Caplet's Le Corbeau et le Renard which even make children, who know the fables of La Fontaine, revel in the singing of the quarrelsome birds....
Her brilliant accompanyist is Rudolf Jansen. Let us cherish great artists in their art!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars While they last... 16 May 2005
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Elly Ameling held the quiet stage for recitals of great artistry and dignity for several decades and sadly most of the enormously successful CDs of her long career output are now unavailable. For those who have little access to the documentation of this very special artist, this box set is a must. It is a compilation of many of her recordings with differing accompanists, conductors, orchestras and composers. And while not all of the choices for inclusion here would be considered her greatest moments, there are enough works that sustain the warm memories of the little Dutch hausfrau who quietly and simply paid homage to composers with her clear and intelligent musicianship and radiant voice.

Ameling was known to schedule recitals of Schubert cycles and songs and in the afterglow of her performance answer the demand for curtain calls with additional Schubert melodies: she gifted her audience with the dignity of honoring a composer's works by maintaining the focus on that composer rather than milk the audience with the usual encore applause-getting favorites. And special moments such as quietly and pensively strolling through the orchestra during the Mahler 4th symphony to arrive at front stage, unapplauded, just in time for the opening line of her singing - those simple homage to composers and collaborators made her selfless manner endearing to audiences.

Despite the fact that Ameling's voice was on the small side she was always able to muster the projection to carry her message solidly in context with an orchestra. Yes, other more famous singers have recorded Ravel's quintessentially French SHEHERAZADE, but few have the perfection of diction and aura of mystery that Ameling maintained. Whether singing with piano or orchestra, or interpreting Bach, Mozart, Handel, and Vivaldi with the same degree of involvement as Brahms and Schumann and Schubert, Elly Ameling spanned a career that engendered passionate commitment from her fans. And this boxed set is a pocket full of memories to be treasured. Buy it before this too becomes unavailable. Grady Harp, May 05
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delight in every note 10 Mar 2006
By Ingrid Heyn - Published on Amazon.com
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To speak as briefly as possible about this superb collection from an equally superb singer, what can I say but that Ms Ameling possessed a voice that shone with radiant warmth and star-like shimmer? And unlike many another light lyric soprano, Elly Ameling was possessed of a very high standard of musicianship, considerable intelligence, and a sort of immediate charm that captivates the listener.

So many of her recordings have still to be released on CD, but this 5CD-set goes some way towards remedying the situation. The repertoire spans a wide variety - French mèlodies, Lieder, light-hearted "sentimental" songs, Bach, etc. - and in each piece, Ms Ameling shows that quality of pearl-like beauty. It is a beauty which is also extremely pretty - a beauty of voice that is never overbearing and over-ripe, but perfectly blossoming upon the tree of inspiration.

I recommend this set unequivocally. It truly is sheer delight.
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