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Puccini 2008 - Nessun Dorma / Callas, Te Kanawa, Carreras, Domingo, Alagna, et al

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This 2-CD set contains all the best-loved Puccini arias and duets sung by the greatest classical artists, including Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Rolando Villazon, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras, and Lesley Garrett! All of Puccini's well known operas and arias are represented, making this the perfect starter set for someone looking to delve into this glorious music, or for the collector looking to get the creme de la creme all in one place!

This 2 CD set is one of four special albums being released by EMI Classics on 8 September 2008 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary on 22 December of the birth of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924). Puccini is one of today's most popular operatic composers. His works dominate the programmes of the world's leading opera houses, and his compositions are heard frequently on radio and television, in film soundtracks and in TV commercials. This album contains all the best-loved Puccini arias and duets sung by the greatest classical artists, including Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, Rolando Villazon, Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Kiri Te Kanawa, Jos' Carreras and Lesley Garrett. All of Puccini's well known operas are represented, including Manon Lescaut, La boheme, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, as well as the less frequently heard La rondine, La fanciulla del West and Il trittico (Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi).



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>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. Che gelida manina
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. Sì. Mi chiamano Mimì
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 1. O sove fanciulla
  • Performers: Mirella Freni; Nicolai Gedda; Mario Sereni
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 2. Quando men vò
  • Performer: Ghena Dimitrova (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Anton Guadagno
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 3. Donde lieta uscì
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 3. Dunque è proprio finita?
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Thomas Hampson; Ruth Swenson (Soprano); Leontina Vaduva (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 4. In un coupé? ... O Mimì, tu piú non torni
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: James Levine
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème :: Act 4. Sono andati?
  • Performers: Mariella Adani (Soprano); Mirella Freni; Nicolai Gedda; Jr. Mario Basiola (Voice); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Mario Sereni
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine :: Act 1. Chi il bel sogno di Doretta
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Charles Mackerras
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 1. Bimba dagli occhi ... Vogliatemi bene
  • Performers: Jussi Björling; Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 2. Un bel di vedremo
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Leone Magiera
  • Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 2. Una nave da guerra ... Scuoti quella fronda di ci
  • Performers: Anna di Stasio (Mezzo Soprano); Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 2. Humming Chorus
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly :: Act 2. Con onor muore ... Tu? tu? piccolo iddio!
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: John Barbirolli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 1. Donna non vidi mai
  • Performers: Rolando Villaz?n; Rolando Villazón (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Michel Plasson
  • Ensemble: Munich Radio Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 2. In quelle trine morbide
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Leone Magiera
  • Ensemble: Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 2. Oh, sarò la piú bella
  • Performers: Montserrat Caballé; Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
  • Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut :: Act 4. Sola, perduta, abbandonata
  • Performer: Antonietta Stella
  • Conductor: Alberto Erede
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Rocondita armonia
  • Performer: Placido Domingo
  • Conductor: Eugene Kohn
  • Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 1. Mario! Mario! Mario!
  • Performers: Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 2. Vissi d'arte
  • Performer: Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 3. E lucevan le stelle
  • Performer: Franco Corelli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Franco Ferraris
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca :: Act 3. Ah! Franchigia a Floria Tosca ... O dolci mani
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi; Maria Callas
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica :: Senza mamma
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: Firenze è come un albero fiorito
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera :: O mio babbino caro
  • Performer: Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West :: Act 3. Ch'ella mi creda libero
  • Performer: Giuseppe Campora (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera Teatro Reale Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1910.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1910

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 1. Signore, ascolta!
  • Performer: Lesley Garrett
  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Ensemble: London Session Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 2. In questa reggia
  • Performers: Franco Corelli (Tenor); Birgit Nilsson
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 3. Tu, che di gel sei cinta
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Franco Ferraris
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot :: Act 3. Nessun dorma
  • Performer: José Carreras
  • Conductor: Alain Lombard
  • Ensemble: Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926