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  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Audio CD (14 Jan. 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00005UUOO
  • Other Editions: Hardcover  |  Paperback  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,597 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Aida: PreludeJane Eaglen 4:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Yes, Ethiopia once again has dared (Ramfis, Radames)Gregory Yurisich 1:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aida: Act I Scene 1: I pray that I be chosen (Radames)Jane Eaglen 1:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Goddess Aida, fair as a vision (Radames)Gregory Yurisich 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Have you just heard a joyous tale (Amneris, Radames)Jane Eaglen 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Aida! (Radames, Amneris)Gregory Yurisich 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Alas, I hear the cries of war (Aida, Amneris, Radames)Jane Eaglen 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Grave is the cause (The Pharaoh, Messenger, Aida, Radames, Amneris)Gregory Yurisich 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Now go forward noble army (The Pharaoh, Ramfis, Chorus, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Messenger)Jane Eaglen 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aida: Act I Scene 1: As victor then return! (Aida)Gregory Yurisich 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Aida: Act I Scene 1: The sacred names of a father and lover (Aida)Jane Eaglen0:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aida: Act I Scene 1: Hear me, ye gods, pity my cry! (Aida)Gregory Yurisich 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aida: Act I Scene 2: Almighty, almighty Phtha (High Priestess, Ramfis, Priests, Priestesses)Jane Eaglen 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Aida: Act I Scene 2: Sacred Dance of the PriestessesGregory Yurisich 1:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Aida: Act I Scene 2: The gods have shown you favour (Ramfis, Priests)Jane Eaglen 1:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Aida: Act I Scene 2: Great Godhead we petition thee (Ramfis, Radames, Priests, Priestesses)Gregory Yurisich 4:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aida: Act II Scene 1: We hear the hymns and cheering (Slave-girls, Amneris)Jane Eaglen 2:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Aida: Act II Scene 1: Dance of the Young Moorish SlavesGregory Yurisich 2:16£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Aida: Act II Scene 1: No more now! (Amneris)Jane Eaglen0:49£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Aida: Act II Scene 1: Now the battle is over your people suffer (Amneris, Aida)Gregory Yurisich 4:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Aida: Act II Scene 1: Tremble! I know your secret ? (Amneris, Aida)Jane Eaglen 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Aida: Act II Scene 1: But, look with pity on my distress ? (Aida, Amneris)Gregory Yurisich 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Aida: Act II Scene 1: Now go forward noble army (Chorus, Amneris, Aida)Jane Eaglen 1:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Aida: Act II Scene 1: Hear me, ye gods, pity my cry! (Aida)Gregory Yurisich 1:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Glory to Isis, goddess fair (Populace, Priests)Jane Eaglen 3:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Trumpet FanfareGregory Yurisich 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Aida: Act II Scene 2: BallabileJane Eaglen 1:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Glorious warrior Radames (Populace, Priests)Gregory Yurisich 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Valiant pride of your country (The Pharaoh, Radames)Jane Eaglen 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Worship and glory to all the gods on high (Ramfis, Priests, Aida, Amneris, Amonasro, Pharaoh)Gregory Yurisich 1:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Aida: Act II Scene 2: As you see, I am wearing the colours of my King (Amonasro, Aida, Slave-girls, Prisoners, Ramfis, Priests, Amneris, Populace, Radames)Jane Eaglen 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen32. Aida: Act II Scene 2: O King, by holy Isis (Radames, Pharaoh, Amneris, Priests, Populace, Ramfis)Gregory Yurisich 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen33. Aida: Act II Scene 2: Glory to Isis, goddess fair (Pharaoh, Populace, Slave-girls, Prisoners, Ramfis, Priests, Aida, Radames, Amneris, Amonasro)Jane Eaglen 3:06£0.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Aida: Act III: Thou art to great Osiris (Chorus, High Priestess)Peter Rose 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aida: Act III: Come to the shrine of Isis (Ramfis, Amneris, Chorus)David Parry 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Aida: Act III: Soon Radames will come! (Aida)Peter Rose 2:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Aida: Act III: Oh, skies of blue (Aida)David Parry 3:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aida: Act III: I come, full of concern (Amonasro, Aida)Peter Rose 1:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Aida: Act III: Once again you will see our lofty forests (Amonasro, Aida)Susan Gritton 3:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Aida: Act III: No more my daughter (Amonasro, Aida)Peter Rose0:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Aida: Act III: Father ? the Egyptians ? have not ? enslaved me ? (Aida, Amonasro)David Parry 2:28£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Aida: Act III: At last I see you, my sweet Aida ? (Radames, Aida)Peter Rose 1:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Aida: Act III: Your people rise again, arming for battle ? (Radames, Aida)David Parry 1:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Aida: Act III: We'd leave this white oppressive heat (Aida, Radames)Peter Rose 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Aida: Act III: Ah no! We'll leave here! (Radames, Aida, Amonasro)David Parry 2:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aida: Act III: You! Amonasro! You! The King? (Radames, Aida, Amonasro)Peter Rose 1:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Aida: Act III: We're betrayed! (Amneris, Aida, Amonasro, Radames, Ramfis)David Parry 1:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: My hated rival has escaped me (Amneris)Peter Rose 3:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Soon all the priests will gather here (Amneris, Radames)David Parry 2:18£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Ah! You must live (Amneris, Radames)Rosalind Plowright 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Who will save you, wretched madman (Amneris, Radames)David Parry 1:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Alas! I feel I'm, dying ? (Amneris, Ramfis, Priests)Alfred Boe 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Spirit of Isis on us all decending (Ramfis, Priests, Amneris)David Parry 1:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Radames! Radames! Radames! (Ramfis, Priests, Amneris)Peter Rose 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Aida: Act IV Scene 1: Priests of Isis: you're guilty of murder (Amneris, Ramfis, Priests)David Parry 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Aida: Act IV Scene 2: The fatal cover's now in place (Radames, Aida)Rosalind Plowright 2:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Aida: Act IV Scene 2: My heart foretold this horrifying sentence (Aida, Radames)David Parry 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Aida: Act IV Scene 2: Almighty Phtha (Priestesses, Priests, Aida, Radames, Chorus, Amneris)Rosalind Plowright 5:13£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Dennis O'Neill, ténor (Radamès) - Alastair Miles, basse (Ramfis)... - Philharmonia Orchestra - David Parry, direction

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I completely agree with the previous reviewer.
I have never had the chance to be won over by Eaglens voice so I was not keen on her Aida.
Plowright on the other hand just fires on all cylinders as Amneris and wipes the floor with Eaglen.
This set is worth the price for Plowrights Amneris
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By A.H. on 3 Nov. 2014
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Does anyone of you know if the text is in English or in Italian?
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec. 2005
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If ever there were a n occasion where Verdi’s opera ought to be entitled ‘Amneris’, this is it. In that role Rosalind Plowright, now back in mezzo territory after her exploits as a soprano, gives a blinding account of the Egyptian princess’s love, jealousy and eventual remorse, thus confirming the fact that her character is the most interesting as regards development, in the whole work. All her emotions are expressed in gleamingly dramatic tone and, above all, in an expressive use of Edmund Tracey’s translation, for once entirely justifying giving a work in the vernacular. Her incisive, bold and vocally resonant portrayal is as good a reason as any for acquiring this set…….Plowright’s brilliant attack is unerringly caught, happily so as her superb performance is the best reason for buying this set.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Exciting but incomprehensible 1 July 2005
By BDSinC - Published on Amazon.com
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I think it is quite brave of Chandos to issue another famous opera in English. The sad thing about it, especially if hearing it in English is supposed to make the experience more fulfilling for English speaking audiences is we understand even less of the words than we do when we hear it in Italian. This has been my major complaint with all their opera in English recordings. I may as well have listened to them in the original language, for I would have gotten more out of them. Opera singers these days cannot sing clearly in English at all. Yet, I have recordings from back in the ancient days of recording and the singers sang with flawless English, even if it was NOT their language. Again, it all related to the super clear diction that was part of their training and has been lost today with the desire for perfectly poised sound. Even clear diction in the native language of the opera (in this case Italian) is more often than not muddled these days. I just watched a PBS airing of Renee Fleming singing Strauss' Four Last Songs, and she may as well have told us she was vocalizing the melodies, for not one word was understandable. We, as listeners, are becoming too complacent and allowing poor performances because we concentrate only on pretty sound and not the message being conveyed.

In this recording, the message is conveyed by no one.

I have noticed that nearly all the reviews of this recording have nothing whatever to do with this recording. The longest one is really of a reissuing of a recording with Nilsson and Corelli and is sung in Italian. Really, Amazon must be more careful in allowing reviews that are of different products (the wrong products) to be listed as they mislead the public. And all the reviews talking about "black dog" give no indications about this recording at all, which is NOT a historical recording.

Since it is obvious I am not that thrilled with this recording, why rate it highly? One thing is, the singers do have wonderful voices, and the conductor is very interested in keeping the forward motion in the work, which do add to the excitement.

Some think Eaglen is miscast in this role, and in a way she is. However, her singing is true. What is her problem, and it is very noticeable when comparing her singing of a recording with a live performance, is her vocal center, her focus, just doesn't record well at all. Her voice is so hallow sounding it sounds nearly and constantly below pitch. She also sounds lifeless and uninvolved. However, nothing is further from the truth when one hears her in person. She is electrifying, she has ring in her voice, it is truly a huge voice (but never pushed or forced, and her pianissimo is NEVER pinched as it sounds in recordings). It is also a very warm voice. Yet, I have to admit, there is not a single recording she has made in the studio that has impressed me one tiny bit. The technicians simply cannot capture her voice. Her diction is passage at best, even in live performances, and is down right unintelligeable in English.

Plowright has never been a favorite singer of mine. I find her voice too pushed most of the time, and even while singing soprano roles she didn't do it for me at all. She had a terrible time starting her career, and she had lots of bad advice that nearly ended it before it began. She did find instruction that finally got her going, but she never developed into a really excellent singer or performer. However, on stage, she, too, can be very exciting, and this recording does NOT capture that at all. She is definitely miscast as Amneris, for she hasn't the low notes to make the role work, nor has she the subtle nuances to develop the character. I blame that not on her so much as on the horrible translation she is singing, since it is completely awkward and at times at odds with the vocal line, it leaves her lost.

None of the men, though capable, did a thing for me, even though as a rule they were understandable. That fact alone make it clear that whatever poetry was in the libretto in Italian was lost and became sort of stupid sounding when in English. Then combining their clear diction with the mush the women sang only made the duets really a mess.

Believe it or not, unless you have super diction and a super singable translation that can be understood (even if it is not completely faithful to the original language) opera in English doesn't work. It comes across as opera in gibberish. Many people just coming to opera have leveled the eternal complaint one hears in English speaking countries, "You can never understand what they are singing about." Usually this refers to the language barrier because someone doesn't speak the language of the opera. In this case it is because you can't make heads of tales out of what is being sung. It is two and a half hours of vocalizing, emotional vocalizing to be true fully supported by a wonderful orchestra, but vocalizing just the same. We are hearing nothing and we are actually understanding nothing. Singing the entire opera to "Ah" and "OO" would have been just as emotionally effective.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An English Aida to entertain and frustrate 27 Mar. 2002
By Ed Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another creditable addition to the opera in English canon of Chandos. It is certainly no small undertaking and it's also strikingly brave to attempt an opera recorded so frequently and by all the greatest singers. By and large, this recording works, though it's not without its flaws.
Diction is fair-to-middling. The translation has its moments but often extra syllables get added or swallowed. I've not previously regarded English as an awkward or unmusical language (and I have heard other Verdi in English)which makes me think the translation is not ideal.
The orchestra and chorus are pretty impressive, not earth-shattering, and David Parry perhaps drives things somewhat relentlessly. There's a little untidiness in some of the ensembles, but the Act 2 finale builds up a fine head of steam.
And the singers? Well, Jane Eaglen is clearly the draw of this set and I must say she makes a decent fist of a challenging part. Particularly challenging for a heavy Wagner voice as it lies high and requires a lot of floated notes above the stave. She succeeds better than other big voices I have heard in this music, and if the top C in "O Patria Mia" is flat by a whisker, the aria is sung with appealing melancholy. Elsewhere she lets rip to thrilling effect. Eaglen isn't a touching or vulnerable Aida, but she is an impressive and intruiguing one. O'Neill has led the field as Radames for some time, and he demonstrates his mastery of the role here, even if the wobble in the voice is becoming difficult to ignore. A lovely B flat in "Celeste Aida" - again, more glamorous singers have failed where O'Neill succeeds. Plowright still has some gorgeous, firm and fruity tone in the middle to upper part of the voice. She doesn't sound like a "real" Amneris, but she acts the part to perfection, even when that means snarling, growling and sacrificing the melodic line. Yurisich is an unexceptionable Amonasro (not Verdi's most inspiring Baritone part), Rose is a disappointing King, Gritton as the priestess is a delightful cameo.
All in all, a mixed bag, but certainly has enough to recommend it, not least at the bargain price.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Let down by a poor Aida 18 Mar. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's good to have a new recording of Aida in English. Unfortunately, this project has been spoilt by a major flaw, and that is the casting of Jane Eaglen in the title part. Not only is Miss Eaglen's performance cool and dispassionate, her voice often turns ugly above the stave. Her performance leaves much to be desired both vocally and dramatically. O'Neill is a good Radames and Plowright, having turned to the mezzo repertoire, is a vivid Amneris. The other roles are adequately taken and the orchestral playing is good without being remarkable. Anyway, a recording of Aida without a proper Aida cannot be recommended. Thus, I can only award it with 2 stars.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great buy 25 Jun. 2014
By Jason - Published on Amazon.com
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Fun story, great for understanding the operatic drama. For kids, students, and adults- alike!
Great shipping, stress free, and happy as a button. I would buy from them again.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bad description 13 Jan. 2013
By Aaron Breid - Published on Amazon.com
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This is something I ended up returning, the description described something it was not. This is a short kid's illustration book
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