OUT OF PRINT and very COLLECTIBLE Set. This is your chance to get a TRULY MINT set! The daughter of a carpenter and a midwife, African-American soprano Leontyne Price (born Mary Violet) studied piano and singing with the assistance of a local family that recognized her innate talents. After earning her degree from College of Education and Industrial Arts at Wilberforce, OH (where she studied with Catherine Van Buren), Price was awarded a scholarship to attend the Juilliard School of Music where she continued vocal training with Florence Page Kimball.
Upon hearing her there, Virgil Thomson invited her to sing Saint Cecilia in the 1952 revival of his Four Saints in Three Acts. In October 1953, Price sang the premiere of Samuel Barber's Hermit Songs at the Library of Congress in Washington, D. And she gave her first New York recital in November 1954; in December of the same year she sang Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her appearances in Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, Dialogues des Carmelites, and Don Giovanni on television brought her to wide attention for both her outstanding singing, and for being the first African American leading soprano of note.In the following seasons, she made her debuts at San Francisco, Chicago, Vienna, London, and Milan. This culminated in her first appearance at the Metropolitan Opera House as Leonore in Il trovatore, an evening that garnered a front page review in The New York Times. The Metropolitan would soon become her favored opera house; she sang most of her wide repertoire there, including Aida, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Leonore in La Forza del Destino, Ernani, Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Fiorgiligi (Così), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. She sang her last operatic performance there in 1985 as Aida.
Price was known as much for her concert and recital appearances as for those in opera. Besides performances of common repertory works, such as Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Verdi Requiem, she also undertook Honegger's rather obscure Jeanne d'Arc (with the New York Philharmonic) and Bruckner's Te Deum (at Salzburg). Her solo concerts often featured lesser-known arias and excerpts, including the "Awakening of Helen" from Strauss' Egyptian Helen, selections from Barber's Anthony and Cleopatra and The Songs of the Rose of Sharon by John La Montaine. She gave annual recitals throughout North America and was also heard regularly in Europe, being a special favourite at the Salzburg Festival. Her recital repertoire was extensive, ranging from the songs of Poulenc, Hahn, and Marx, to traditional spirituals; her final encore was often "This little light of mine" -- one of her mother's favorite pieces.
Leontyne Price's voice was a spinto soprano of great beauty. She had a wonderful feeling for the sweep of the long phrases of Verdi and her technique allowed her to encompass all of the difficulties of Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and Elvira (Ernani).
Her lower register had a quality often described as "dusky" which many listeners found quite sensual. Most of her important operatic roles were recorded by RCA, but only a small fraction of her recital repertoire found its way onto disc. Leontyne Price will always be remembered as one of the greatest Verdi sopranos of the twentieth century. This 11-CD set, one might say jokingly, contains all the music ever written for the soprano voice and a bit for mezzo as well. And indeed, it's a staggering collection: In addition to her great Verdi heroines (the two Leonoras, Aida, Amelia, and Elvira in Ernani), Price is heard in her Puccini roles Manon Lescaut, Butterfly, Tosca--and at least two dozen other roles, most of which she never sang on stage.
Here are her heroic, secure Leonore in Fidelio, Strauss's high-flying Egyptian Helen, Purcell's Dido, Barber's Cleopatra, Bellini's Norma, Ariadne, Verdi's Violetta and Desdemona, Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's Countess, and Fiordiligi. Some are, naturally, more successful than others; almost none are embarrassing (Carmen comes close). In addition, she sings songs by Schubert, Schumann, and Strauss--none of them as well as say, Janet Baker or Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Barber's Knoxville, etc. Berlioz's Les Nuits d'été is not very good, but a group of spirituals is.
In all, however, this is an amazing display by one of the century's greatest sopranos. There may be no new depths plumbed here, but the singing is a knockout. This listing is for a very rare, out of print Boxed Set of 11-CDs - a. FACTORY SEALED & MINT condition set, PRESSED and ISSUED by RCA / BMG Classics RECORDS. Of a highly collectible title from their catalog - a superb title featuring.
Aida: Act I: Ritorna vincitor! Aida: Act I: E l'amor mio? Aida: Act I: I sacri nomi di padre, d'amante 4. Aida: Act III: Qui Radames verra! Aida: Act III: O patria mia 6.Un Ballo in Maschera: Act II: (Prelude) 7. Un Ballo in Maschera: Act II: Ecco l'orrido campo 8. Un Ballo in Maschera: Act II: Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa 9. Un Ballo in Maschera: Act III: A tal colpa e nulla il pianto 10. Un Ballo in Maschera: Act III: Morro, ma prima in grazia 11. Il Trovatore: Act I: Che piu t'arresti? Il Trovatore: Act I: Tacea la notte placida 13.
Il Trovatore: Act I: Di tale amor che dirsi 14. Il Trovatore: Act IV: Siam giunti 15. Il Trovatore: Act IV: D'amor sull'ali rosee 16. Ernani: Act I: Surta e la notte 17.
Ernani: Act I: Tutto sprezzo che d'Ernani 19. La forza del destino: Act II: Son giunta! La forza del destino: Act II: Madre, madre, pietosa Vergine 21. La forza del destino: Act II: La Vergine degli angeli 22.
La forza del destino: Act IV: Pace, pace, mio Dio Disc: 2 1. Cosi fan tutte: Act I: Come scoglio immoto resta 2.
Madama Butterfly: Act II: Piangi? Un bel di vedremo 3.
Madama Butterfly: Act III: Tu? TOSCA: Act II: Vissi d'arte 5. Manon Lescaut: Act II: In quelle trine morbide 6.Manon Lescaut: Act IV: Sola, perduta, abbandonata 7. Dialogues des Carmelites: Act III: Mes filles, voila que s'acheve 8. Don Giovanni: Act I: Don Ottavio, son morta! Don Giovanni: Act I: Or sai chi l'onore 10.
Don Giovanni: Act II: Crudele? Don Giovanni: Act II: Non mi dir 12. Turandot: Act I: Signore, ascolta!
Turandot: Act III: Tu che di gel sei cinta 14. Ariadne auf Naxos: Es gibt ein Reich 15.
Antony And Cleopatra: Act III: Give me my robe Disc: 3 1. Otello: Mia madre aveva una povera ancella (Willow Song) 3. Suor Angelica: Senza mamma, o bimbo, tu sei morto! Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle (Habanera) 7. La Traviata: Act I: E strano, e strano!La Traviata: Act I: Ah, fors' e lui 9. La Traviata: Act I: Sempre libera 10.
Le nozze di Figaro: Act III: E Susanna non vien! Le nozze di Figaro: Act III: Dove sono 12. Die Agyptische Helena: Act II: Awakening Scene 13. La rondine: Ore dolci e divine 14. Salome: Finale Disc: 4 1.
Eugene Onegin: Act II: Puskai pogibnu ya 2. Eugene Onegin: Act II: Ya k vam pishu 3. Eugene Onegin: Act II: Net, nikomu na svete 4. Eugene Onegin: Act II: No tak i byt'!
La rondine: Act I: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta 6. VANESSA: Act I: He Has Come, He Has Come!VANESSA: Act I: Do Not Utter A Word 8. Carmen: Act I: Pres des remparts de Seville (Seguidilla) 9. Manon: Act II: Adieu, notre petite table 11. Macbeth: Act IV: Sleepwalking Scene: Vegliammo invan due notti 12. Macbeth: Act IV: Sleepwalking Scene: Una macchia e qui tuttora 13.
La Boheme: Act IIII: Addio. Donde lieta usci (Mimi's Addio) 14.
Die Frau ohne Schatten: Act II: Empress's Awakening Scene 15. Dido and Aeneas: Act III: Thy Hand, Belinda! Don Carlo: Act V: Tu che le vanita conoscesti del mondo Disc: 5 1.
Otello: Act I: Gia nella notte 2. Otello: Act I: Quando narravi 3. Otello: Act I: Venga la morte! Cosi fan tutte: Act I: Ah, guarda, sorella 5. Madama Butterfly: Act I: Bimba, bimba, non piangere 6.Madama Butterfly: Act I: Bimba dagli occhi 7. Madama Butterfly: Act I: Vogliatemi bene 8.
Porgy And Bess: Act II: Bess, You Is My Woman 10. Norma: Act III: Me chiami, o Norma 11.
Norma: Act III: Mira, o Norma 12. Ernani: Act II: Tu, perfida!
Ernani: Act II: Ah, morir, potessi adesso 14. Cosi fan tutte: Act II: Sorella, cosa dici?
Cosi fan tutte: Act II: Prendero quel brunettino 16. Aida: Act IV: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse 17. Aida: Act IV: Presago il core della tua condanna 18. Di morte l'angelo 19.
Aida: Act IV: O terra, addio Disc: 6 1. Un Ballo in Maschera: Act II: Teco io sto! Aida: Act III: Rivedrai le forest imbalsamate 4. Aida: Act III: In armi ora si desta il popol nostro 5.A costoro schiava non sono 6. Manon Lescaut: Act I: Oh, saro la piu bella! Cosi fan tutte: Act I: Soave sia il vento 9. Porgy And Bess: Act II: I Loves You, Porgy 10. Aida verso noi s'avanza 11. Aida: Act II: Fu la sorte dell'armi 12. Aida: Act II: Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor 13. Aida: Act II: Alla prompa che s'appresta 14. Il Trovatore: Act IV: Udiste? Il Trovatore: Act IV: Mira, di acerbe lagrime 16. Il Trovatore: Act IV: Vivra! Madama Butterfly: Act II: Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio (Flower Duet) 18. Carmen: Act IV: C'est toi! Carmen: Act IV: Ou vas-tu?
Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7: Le spectre de la rose 3.
7: Sur les lagunes 4. 7: Au cimetiere (Clair de lune) 6. 7: L'ile inconnue 7. Four Last Songs: Fruhling 8. Four Last Songs: September 9.Four Last Songs: Beim Schlafengehen 10. Four Last Songs: Im Abendrot 11. 2: Clair de lune 12. Au bord de l'eau, Op.
1: Au bord de l'eau 15. 1, Cinq melodies de Venise, Op.Main dominee par le coeur 17. 2: Je nommerai ton front 18. 1: Tu vois le feu du soir 19.
Knoxville: Summer Of 1915, Op. 24: Knoxville: Summer Of 1915 2. 42: Seit ich ihn gesehen 3. 42: Er, der Herrlichste von allen 4.42: Ich kann's nicht fassen 5. 42: Du Ring an meinem Finger 6. 42: Helft mir, ihr Schwestern 7.
42: Susser Freund, du blickest 8. 42: An meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust 9.42: Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan 10. 28, Liederalbum fur die Jugend, Op. Schone Wiege meiner Leiden No. 24: Schone Wiege meiner Leiden 14. 23, Liederalbum fur die Jugend, Op.
79: Er ist's 15. Heiss mich nicht reden No. 5, Lieder und Gesand aus Wilhelm Meister 16. 1: Lust der Sturmnacht 17.Wie sollten wir geheim, Op. 4: Wie sollten wir geheim 21. Morgentau (From An Old Songbook) 24. Geh, Geliebter, geh jetzt Spanisches Liederbuch No. Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit - Various Artists 2. Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees - Various Artists 3. His Name So Sweet - Various Artists 4. Roun' About De Mountain - Various Artists 5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Various Artists 6. Sit Down, Servant - Various Artists 7.
Were You There - Various Artists 8. He's Got The Whole World In His Hands - Various Artists 9.Deep River - Various Artists 10. My Soul's Been Anchored In De Lord - Various Artists 12. On Ma Journey - Various Artists 13. A City Called Heaven - Various Artists 14. Ride On, King Jesus - Various Artists 15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free - Various Artists 16. Sinner, Please Don't Let This Harvest Pass - Various Artists 17. Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Various Artists 18.
There Is A Balm In Gilead - Various Artists 19. Let Us Cheer The Weary Traveler - Various Artists 20.
Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit - Various Artists 21. My Way Is Cloudy - Various Artists 22. Nobody Knows The Touble I've Seen - Various Artists 23. I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray - Various Artists Disc: 10 1.
What A Friend We Have In Jesus 6. The Lord's Prayer 8. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour 9.
The Church's One Foundation 10. I Need Thee Every Hour 12. I Wonder As I Wander 14. Porgy And Bess: Summertime 16. Lift Ev'ry Voice And Sing 18.A Mighty Fortress Is Our God 19. Battle Hymn Of The Republic Disc: 11 1. 103: Wisst ihr, wann mein Kindchen 4. 103: Lieber Gott, du weisst 5. 103: Roselein dreie in der Reihe 7. 103: Kommt dir manchmal in den Sinn 8. Adriana Lecouvreur: Act I: Io son l'umile ancella 10. This Little Light O'Mine 11. Interview With Leontyne Price By John Pfeiffer. Performers / Credits / Other Information. FACTORY SEALED - no cut out marks. Comes in a very heavy leather like cardboard outer box with a massive libretto. The 11-CD Boxed Set is from the. CDs made in the USA.
The CDs, outer BOX and INSERTS are all in. Condition as this item is FACTORY SEALED (with no cut out marks of any kind)! This CD is an audiophile quality pressing any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc. Can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system. Don't let this rarity slip by!!
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