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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: Delia Wallis (Mezzo Soprano); Noël Mangin (Bass); Bernard Dickerson (Tenor); Placido Domingo (Voice); Gwynne Howell (Bass); Robert Tear (Tenor); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Montserrat Caballé (Voice); Richard van Allan (Bass Baritone); Vicente Sardinero (Voice); Ian Partridge (Voice); Robert Lloyd (Bass)
  • 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: Nicolai Gedda (Voice); Mirella Freni (Voice); Mario Sereni (Voice); Mario Rinaudo (Bass); Vittorio Pandano (Tenor); Mariella Adani (Soprano); Carlo Badioli (Bass); Jr. Mario Basiola (Voice); Giuseppe Giuliano (Voice); Ferruccio Mazzoli (Bass); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass)
  • 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: Maria Callas (Voice); Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); David Sellar (Boy Alto); Ugo Trama (Bass); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Giorgio Tadeo (Voice)
  • 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: Nina DeCourson (Voice); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Vera Magrini (Mezzo Soprano); Jussi Björling (Voice); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Arturo La Porta (Baritone); Antonio Sacchetti (Bass); Silvia Bertona (Soprano); Piero de Palma (Tenor); Miriam Pirazzini (Mezzo Soprano); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Mario Sereni (Voice)
  • 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: Antonio Costantino (Tenor); Renato Ercolani (Vocals); Enzo Sordello (Baritone); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Leonardo Monreale (Bass); Andrea Mongelli (Baritone); Giuseppe Costariol (Baritone); Antonio Cassinelli (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Florindo Andreolli (Tenor); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Dino Mantovani (Baritone); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Dino Formichini (Tenor); Carlo Forti (Bass); Joao Gibin (Tenor); Gabriella Carturan (Mezzo Soprano)
  • 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: Andrew Busher (Tenor); Marcia Crayford (Violin); Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano); Toby Spence (Tenor); Monica Bacelli (Mezzo Soprano); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano); Roberto Alagna (Tenor); Riccardo Simonetti (Bass Baritone); Patrizia Biccire (Voice); Gareth Roberts (Tenor); William Matteuzzi (Tenor); Alberto Rinaldi (Baritone); 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: Ricardo Cassinelli (Voice); Carlo Guelfi (Baritone); Enrico Fissore (Bass); Barry Banks (Tenor); Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Angela Gheorghiu (Soprano); Neil Shicoff (Tenor); Peter Manning (Violin); Maria Guleghina (Soprano); Daniel Hoadley (Tenor); Roberto Alagna (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: Rosalind Waters (Soprano); Anna-Maria Panzarella (Voice); Christopher Kampen (Cello); Sarah Fulgoni (Voice); Christopher Warren-Green (Violin); Judith Rees (Soprano); Elena Zilio (Mezzo Soprano); Dorothea Röschmann (Soprano); Susan Mackenzie-Park (Soprano); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); Deborah Miles-Johnson (Alto); Rachele Stanisci (Soprano); Francesca Pedaci (Soprano); Bernadette Nissa (Voice); Cristina Gallardo-Domâs (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: Carlo Monte (Voice); Anna Canali (Mezzo Soprano); Victoria de los Angeles (Soprano); Alfredo Mariotti (Bass); Adelio Zagonara (Tenor); Saturno Meletti (Baritone); Lidia Marimpietri (Voice); Paolo Montarsolo (Bass); Paolo Caroli (Tenor); Tito Gobbi (Baritone); Giuliana Raimondi (Soprano); Virgilio Stoco (Voice); Fernando Valentini (Bass); Claudio Cornoldi (Violin)
  • 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: Piero de Palma (Tenor); Birgit Nilsson (Voice); Giuseppe Morresi (Bass Baritone); Renata Scotto (Voice); Franco Corelli (Tenor); Franco Ricciardi (Tenor); Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass); Angelo Mercuriali (Tenor); Guido Mazzini (Bass)
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Notes: Composition written: 1926.
  • Running Time: 78 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1926