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Giacomo Puccini - The Operas / Bartoletti, Prêtre, Alagna, Bergonzi, Caballé, Callas, Corelli, Freni, et al

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>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Puccini, Giacomo : Morire?, song for voice & piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi
>     Act 2. Preludio
>     Act 2. Ecco la casa dio
>     Act 2. Torna ai felici dì
>     Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 1. L'abbandono (Coro. Come un geglio reciso dentro la bara g
>     Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 2. La tregenda
>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
>Puccini, Giacomo : Morire?, song for voice & piano
>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi
>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

All of Puccini's popular operas are represented in this 17-CD boxed set, as well as the less frequently heard titles 'La Rondine', 'La Fanciulla del West', and 'Il Trittico'. Also included are highlights from 'Le Villi', an early work by Puccini that is almost never performed. The recordings (all stereo) come from EMI's unrivalled operatic catalog and feature some of the greatest stars in the world of opera, including: Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo in Manon Lescaut; Mirella Freni and Nicolai Gedda in La Boheme; Maria Callas, Carlo Bergonzi, and Tito Gobbi in Tosca; Victoria de los Angeles and Jussi Bjorling in Madama Butterfly; Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu in La Rondine; Neil Shicoff and Maria Guleghina in Il Tabarro (from Il Trittico); Tito Gobbi and Victoria de los Angeles in Gianni Schicchi (from Il Trittico); Birgit Nilsson in La Fanciulla del West; and more!

BBC Music Magazine
Alagna shapes his arias exquisitely and the Act II duet 'Perché mai cercate' with Gheorghiu is glorious'

BBC Music Magazine
Bohème is Thomas Schippers's memorable recording, with Freni and Gedda appealing lovers. Tosca features the dream-team Callas and Gobbi... Madama Butterfly heads a fine performance, though Jussi Björling's Pinkerton divides opinion, ringing but stiff. For Trittico we have Pappano's excellent 1997 Tabarro and Suor Angelica, but Gianni Schicchi is the ripe Santini classic with Gobbi and de los Angeles.



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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Manon Lescaut
  • Performers: Robert Lloyd (Bass); Vicente Sardinero (Voice); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Noël Mangin (Bass); Montserrat Caballé (Voice); Placido Domingo (Voice); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Robert Tear (Tenor); Ian Partridge (Voice); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Bernard Dickerson (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Bruno Bartoletti
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Notes: Composition written: 1893.
  • Running Time: 58 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Puccini, Giacomo : La bohème
  • Performers: Jr. Mario Basiola (Voice); Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice); Mariella Adani (Soprano); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Mario Rinaudo (Bass); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Giuseppe Giuliano (Voice); Carlo Badioli (Bass); Mario Sereni (Voice)
  • Conductor: Thomas Schippers
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Italy (09/24/1962-09/26/1962)
  • Running Time: 60 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1896

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); Maria Callas (Voice); David Sellar (Boy Alto); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Ugo Trama (Bass); Giorgio Tadeo (Voice); Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Notes: Salle Wagram, Paris, France (12/03/1964-12/04/1964)
  • Running Time: 76 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900

>Puccini, Giacomo : Madama Butterfly
  • Performers: Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Vera Magrini (Mezzo Soprano); Nina DeCourson (Voice); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Arturo La Porta (Baritone); Antonio Sacchetti (Bass); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Mario Sereni (Voice); Silvia Bertona (Soprano); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano); Jussi Björling (Voice); Piero de Palma (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 101 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1904

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Fanciulla del West
  • Performers: Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano); Carlo Forti (Bass); Florindo Andreolli (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Enzo Sordello (Baritone); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Antonio Costantino (Tenor); Andrea Mongelli (Baritone); Dino Formichini (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Antonio Cassinelli (Bass); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Joao Gibin (Tenor); Giuseppe Costariol (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Lovro Matacic
  • Ensemble: Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1910.
  • Running Time: 38 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1910

>Puccini, Giacomo : La Rondine
  • Performers: Gareth Roberts (Tenor); Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Riccardo Simonetti (Bass Baritone); Toby Spence (Tenor); William Matteuzzi (Tenor); Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano); Andrew Busher (Tenor); Patrizia Biccire (Voice); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Monica Bacelli (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Pappano (Piano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917

>Puccini, Giacomo : Morire?, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Antonio Pappano (Piano); Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1917

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Preludio
  • Performer: Marcia Crayford (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Ecco la casa dio
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Torna ai felici dì
  • Performer: Roberto Alagna (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 1. L'abbandono (Coro. Come un geglio reciso dentro la bara g
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Le Villi :: Act 2. Parte Sinfonica 2. La tregenda
  • Performer: Marcia Crayford (Violin)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1884

>Puccini, Giacomo : Il tabarro (The Cloak), opera
  • Performers: Neil Shicoff (Tenor); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Maria Guleghina (Soprano); Peter Manning (Violin); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Daniel Hoadley (Tenor); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Ricardo Cassinelli (Voice); Carlo Guelfi (Baritone); Barry Banks (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 13 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1916-1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Suor Angelica
  • Performers: Christopher Warren-Green (Violin); Anna-Maria Panzarella (Voice); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Bernadette Nissa (Voice); Rachele Stanisci (Soprano); Francesca Pedaci (Soprano); Judith Rees (Soprano); Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Susan Mackenzie-Park (Soprano); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (Soprano); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Sarah Fulgoni (Voice); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Antonio Pappano
  • Ensemble: London Voices
  • Running Time: 44 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Gianni Schicchi, opera
  • Performers: Fernando Valentini (Bass); Carlo Monte (Voice); Giuliana Raimondi (Soprano); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Adelio Zagonara (Tenor); Virgilio Stoco (Voice); Claudio Cornoldi (Violin); Saturno Meletti (Baritone); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Alfredo Mariotti (Bass); Anna Canali (Mezzo Soprano); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gabriele Santini
  • Ensemble: Rome Opera House Orchestra
  • Notes: Teatro dell'Opera, Rome, Italy (07/07/1958-07/13/1958)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1918

>Puccini, Giacomo : Turandot
  • Performers: Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Guido Mazzini (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Franco Corelli (Tenor); Renata Scotto (Voice); Piero de Palma (Tenor)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 78 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926