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Ave Maria
Ave Maria
Offered by dischiniccoli
Price: £11.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Divine, 26 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Ave Maria (Audio CD)
Although I’m not a great fan of church music I have to say this recording is divine, heavenly. Jose Carreras is in excellent voice as are the Vienna Boys’ Choir. In fact everything is just perfect. Jose Carreras proves he is a singer and not just an opera singer. He pours his heart and soul into everything he sings. I very highly recommend this CD.

Price: £6.15

4.0 out of 5 stars Very Original Album, 25 Feb. 2014
This review is from: Energia (Audio CD)
“The origin of all music lies in song, for the first instrument was the human voice”, a quote from the booklet that comes with this CD. It also says, ‘Jose Carreras has left his mark on our musical culture with his incomparable voice. On his latest album, Energia he revisits his cultural roots’. ‘….he taps into the musical cultural energy that inspires the music of his Mediterranean homeland. The album features songs in languages that Carreras is especially fond of, with pieces from Portugal, Italy, France and above all Catalonia, where he comes from…..’

The Tracks

Na sera ‘e maggio
Herido de amor
La chanson des vieux amants
La Joia
Pomba Branca
Mon enfance
Un nuvol blanc
Mandulinata a Napule
Haja o que Houver
Amor Particular

If you liked other CDs of Jose Carreras such as ‘Cancions’, ‘Mediterranean Passion’ and ‘The Catalan Songs’ I am sure you will like this one also. This is of course no longer his latest recording, that would be “Meraviglioso 25” which like this CD was produced by Christian Kolonovits.

Jose Carreras chose these 11 songs and interprets them in his own style which is with great passion, warmth, love and understanding. He is in good voice, of course no longer the voice of the young Carreras but Carreras at 60.

I highly recommend this album for any serious Jose Carreras fan, or just a lover of good music.

Essential Jose Carreras / Best
Essential Jose Carreras / Best
Price: £40.23

5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for your collection, 25 Feb. 2014
There is some great singing here by Jose Carreras and there is certainly plenty of variety on this 2 disc set. It starts with La Traviata and ends with the 3 Tenors singing Wiegenlied {Cradle Song} and Feliz Navidad. In between we have other opera arias mostly on disc 1 then on disc 2 we go to South Pacific then some Catalan songs, a short recital with piano accompaniment followed by the beautiful Pregaria. I am listing all the songs below so that you can compare them with other cds of Jose Carreras.

Disc: 1
1. La Traviata, opera: Libiamo, libiamo ne' lieti calici
2. Fedora, opera: Ma dunque è amore? ... Amor ti vieta
3. Tosca, opera: Dammi i colori ... Recondita armonia
4. Tosca, opera: E lucevan le stelle
5. Tosca, opera: O dolci mani mansuete e pure
6. Turandot, opera: Non piagere, Liù
7. Turandot, opera: Nessun dorma!
8. Poliuto, opera: Tu sei commosso ...
9. Poliuto, opera: D' un' alma troppo fervida
10. Poliuto, opera: Ah! fuggi da morte ...
11. Poliuto, opera: Fia vero! ... Di!
12. Andrea Chénier, opera: Senza musa. Colpito qui m'avete ov'io ... Un dì all'azzurro spazio
13. Andrea Chénier, opera: Come un bel dì di maggio
14. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Orchestral introduction
15. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Il faut nous séparer ...
16. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Mais vous ne savez rien de moi ...
17. Werther, lyric drama in 4 acts: Rêve! extase!
18. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: Tu qui, Santuzza? ...
19. Cavalleria rusticana, opera (melodramma) in 1 act: La tua Santuzza
20. Carmen, opera: C'est toi! C'est moi ...
21. Carmen, opera: Mais moi, Carmen, je t'aime encore

Disc: 2
1. Some Enchanted Evening, song (for the musical South Pacific)
2. Twin Soliloquies, song ('This Is How It Feels') (for the musical South Pacific)
3. This Nearly Was Mine, song (for the musical South Pacific)
4. South Pacific, musical: Finale ultimo: Dites-moi / Some Enchanted Evening
5. Jeg elsker dig! (I Love Thee!), song for voice & piano, Op. 5/3
6. Damunt de tu nomes les flors, for voice & piano (Combat del somni No. 1)
7. Els Contrabandistes, folk song
8. Festeig for voice & orchestra
9. A l'ombra del lladoner, for voice & orchestra
10. Canco de Passar Cantant for voice & orchestra
11. La ricordanza, sonetto for voice & piano
12. Malinconia, ninfa gentile for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
13. Vaga luna, che inargenti, song for voice & piano
14. Per pietà, bell' idol mio, for voice & piano (6 ariette da camera)
15. Il fervido desiderio, for voice & piano
16. Dolente immagine di figlia mia, for voice & piano
17. Pregària (El cant de l'anima a la Verge)
18. Wiegenlied ('Träume, träume, du mein süsses Leben'), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 41/1 (TrV 195/1)
19. Feliz Navidad

Cançiones - José Carreras
Cançiones - José Carreras
Offered by drgriffous
Price: £6.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Carreras, 25 Feb. 2014
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This is indeed a wonderful collection of songs sung by the brilliant Jose Carreras who comes across with great nostalgia and melancholy which he is very good at. Anybody who thinks of him as an opera singer should listen to this CD and hear how he is actually a great singer in general.It is great to hear him singing in his own language 'Catalan Songs' and is equally wonderful to hear him singing in Spanish.

I highly recommend this CD, a must for any Jose Carreras collection. I can't think of anybody who could sing these songs better.The CD comes with a small booklet that gives a history of the songs which I found very helpful. The full list of the songs is:-

Ay, ay, ay
La partida
El guitarrico
Maitechu mia

José Carreras - Memories
José Carreras - Memories
Offered by mjhcollectables
Price: £1.75

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value For Money, 24 Feb. 2014
A very nice compilation. Some opera, some English, French and Italian songs as well as Franz Lehar’s ‘Dien ist mein ganzes Herz’ from the ‘Land of Smiles’. A thoroughly enjoyable CD which I highly recommend for Jose Carreras fans and especially those who are buying their first Jose Carreras CD or those taking a look into Classical Music for the first time as there is a little bit of everything here.

At this time it is only £4.99 from Amazon and from £2.00 in Amazon Market Place. A bargain for what you’re getting here.

Very Best of José Carreras
Very Best of José Carreras
Price: £6.43

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Opera Arias, 24 Feb. 2014
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This CD set could well be called ‘The very best opera arias of Jose Carreras’. This is not the best of his singing in general because these two CDs have only opera arias. If you are looking for CDs of Jose Carreras singing only opera then this is it. There are at least 16 operas represented here and Jose Carreras is in good form for all the different roles.

The little booklet that comes with it says “Jose Carreras is blessed with a magnificent tenor voice, distinguished by a distinctively dark-hued, typically Spanish tone that makes it particularly attractive and exciting. His engaging stage presence and his ability to imbue all his vocal performances with dramatic intensity and a strong sense of character have earned him a place at the very top of his profession.”

So there, have a lovely evening of Jose Carreras singing a variety of opera arias and it can be purchased new at this time for as little as £3.00 from the market place.

Love Songs from Spain
Love Songs from Spain
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Price: £1.37

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain, 24 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Love Songs from Spain (Audio CD)
You can purchase this CD for as little as one penny, new from Amazon's Market Place or one pound 28 pence from Amazon. Depending on which CDs you already have of Jose Carreras most of these songs are available on other recordings. Having them together here as 'Love Songs from Spain' is a must for any fan of this great singer. He sings them all beautifully.

The Tracks

Solamente Una Vez
El Dia Que Me Quieras
Te Quiero Dijiste
Aquellos Ojos Verdes
Quiereme Mucho
Anima E Core
Concierto De Atono

Mediterranean Passion
Mediterranean Passion
Offered by mrtopseller
Price: £4.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Passion and Emotion, 23 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: Mediterranean Passion (Audio CD)
Well worth adding to your collection if you are a Jose Carreras fan. In the booklet that comes with the CD Jose Carreras says “In these songs, it is the passion, the emotion, a feeling in my heart and soul that I attempt to express with my voice.” Well he certainly achieves his goal. The question is can you have too much passion and emotion? Some times it seems that his heart and soul are over flowing but perhaps that’s the way these songs are meant to be sung. If I could only have one CD, this or the Catalan Songs I would choose the latter as his singing of the Catalan Songs is better. Of course that is only my opinion and I am glad to own both CDs.

The Best Of Jose Carreras
The Best Of Jose Carreras
Price: £14.39

3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best!, 23 Feb. 2014
These compilations can be very confusing. There is also one called ‘Best of Jose Carreras’, ‘The Very Best of Jose Carreras’ and even one called simply ‘Jose Carreras’. They do all have different tracks and although there is a great variety of songs here including opera they are not in my opinion ‘The Best of Jose Carreras’, for that you need the double CD called “The Golden Years” or another double CD mentioned above ‘The Very Best of Jose Carreras’. Quite a few songs are in English but in several of them he forces and strains. That’s hard for me to say because he is my favourite tenor but this is just not his best. His singing many times has sent shivers up my spine but many times on this recording my teeth have been set on edge. He can sing ‘Panis Angelicus’ very beautifully but not on this CD. It’s acceptable but not his best.

I wouldn’t say it is so bad you shouldn’t buy it but he can sing better than many of the tracks on here. I like his singing of ‘Amore Perduto’, it is very heart rendering because he sings passion and melancholy very well.

I’ve been listening to this CD while writing this and I would have to say I am glad that I bought it but mostly for the variety of songs that are on it. I find I can only give it three stars but I don’t think any Jose Carreras fan would want to be without it.

Carreras sings Opera Arias - Puccin - Verdi - Bizet - Massenet - Rossini - Donizetti
Carreras sings Opera Arias - Puccin - Verdi - Bizet - Massenet - Rossini - Donizetti
Offered by musica
Price: £9.44

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice starter for Opera or Jose Carreras, 23 Feb. 2014
There may not be anything new here if you have other compilations such as ‘The Golden Years’, ‘The Essential Jose Carreras’ etc but this CD is certainly a good starter if you have just taken an interest in opera or in Jose Carreras. The recordings were made between 1976 and 1980 and this Philips compilation in 1989.

The Tracks

Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore – Una furtiva lagrima
Puccini: Tosca – E lucevan le stelle
Verdi: Il Trovatore – Di quella pira
Bezet: Carmen – La fleur que tu m’avais jetee
Verdi: Rigoletto – Parmi veder le lagrime
Rossini: Guglielmo Tell – Non me lasciare, speme – O muto asil del pianto
Puccini: La Boheme – Che gelida manina
Verdi: Ernani – Come rugiada al cespite
Massenet: Werther – Je ne sais si je veille
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor – Tombe defl’avi miei – Fra poco a me ricovero

Other singers included on the CD are Katia Ricciarelli, Robin Leggate and Samuel Ramey.

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