Garanča’s career highlights compiled on one CD

Record label Deutsche Grammophon has released a collection featuring the greatest recordings by famed Latvian mezzo soprano, Elīna Garanča.

Entitled simply The Best of Elīna Garanča (DG 479 2241), the CD collects recordings from Garanča’s many previous Grammophon releases.

Garanča, who the International Record Review called ‘one of the plushest, most evenly produced and alluring mezzo-sopranos of our time’, has become one of the best known mezzo sopranos in the world in the decade since her first performance at the Salzburg Festival, and has had four solo albums on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The role of Carmen has become one of her signature roles.

The CD booklet features an interview with Garanča, and is in English, French, and German.

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Track listing:

1. Bizet: Séguedille et Duo: “Près des remparts de Séville”

2. Bizet: Chanson: “Les tringles des sistres tintaient”

3. Bizet: “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” (Havanaise)

4. Delibes: Viens, Mallika, … Dôme épais (Flower Duet)

5. Saint‐Saëns: “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix”

6. Offenbach: Barcarolle

7. Villa‐Lobos: Aria (Cantilena)

8. Chapi Y Lorente: Carceleras

9. Falla: 5. Nana

10. Mozart: “Parto, ma tu ben mio”

11. Donizetti: Oh! Mon Fernand

12. Bellini: Dopo l’oscuro nembo

13. Bellini: Lieto del dolce incarno ‐ La tremenda ultirce spada


Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

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